#au2013 #auinfra IFS3555 Breakout Group 3: Transportation and Wet Infrastructure—Design and Model on Steroids!

Room: Delfino 4105.
Type: Breakout

This technology showcase highlights how cloud-based technology, laser scanning, and mobile devices can change what’s possible across infrastructure projects. First, you’ll get a demonstration of reality capture technology—where intelligent models are created from laser scans and captured photos—enabling you to add, modify, validate, and document design processes in the context of the existing environment. Second, hold onto your hard hats and tablets for a demonstration of cloud-based collaboration tools for constructability and mobile field management. See how you can help to simplify multidiscipline model coordination and clash detection which can help to turn your field data into powerful information that improves quality, safety, and profitability on your capital projects. After the demonstrations, you will have a chance to join the conversation on how these capabilities can be applied to your infrastructure projects and workflows.

Nick Zeeben – Autodesk infra works product manager.  “Big Design”

Improvements – roadway zones, intersection zones, in-canvas intersection editing. 

Intersections generated based on the traffic data. 

Road analytics. The more data you put in the more you can do. 

Bridge design for infraworks 360 pro. (Code checking in the future)

Storm water design.  Watershed analytics. Culvert design. 

Heidy J  Brenes – CDM smith – wekiva parkway section 5

Jake Thomas road extension – Gordon Griffith

Best practices – allow time to work with GIS agencies. Google sketch up and camtasia studio can be a benefit. Plan ahead – road styles, data backup (large files in infraworks), file management, limit the number of proposals to increase performance. 

Pedro Luis soothe cursino – sp-147 highway duplication project. 

Cole engineering – phase 1 – urban street and rail crossing. Bore auger staging and safety. Tunnel boring staging. Open cut trenching with rights of way limits. Development of “info tips” for clash and crossing. Impact of construction on residents. 


Fred Wismer – cardno – baseline road improvements. Custom kerb subassembly for varying kerb height. Model is used for public outreach at open houses. 

Yana waldman – Arup – Gerald Desmond bridge – 1 of 10 caltrans design build pilot program projects. BIM allowed for fast paced schedule. 

Jon Kerbey, high speed 2. Efficient info capture and retrieval from a single source of truth. Reduce waste. Reduce uncertainty through greater understanding. 3 weeks work for 3 people to do 215km of work. First time rail has been shown in this way. 

What are the biggest challenges today?:

Data collaboration. Other designers. Municipal data. Formats. Projects are being designed faster. The challenge of having the time to produce. Getting staff up to speed on software and embrace the new technologies. Communication effectiveness, government, committee, petitioners, public, community and stakeholders. Some are technical and some are not. Being able to use information with all those parties. Difficult to get staff with the skills in the time it takes to execute the projects. 

What technologies are changing your world?: 

Use of recap. Lidar surveys. Point clouds. Rather than going out with a crew, driving a vehicle. Now that you can see geometry people are looking at the data more closely as the 3D is a given. Greater belief in the model increases the comfort level to look more closely. More acceptance in having the data and then using it properly. 3D is becoming the requirement. Time simulation and quantity take off. Generating plans/info off of the schedule. 

What’s next?

Carbon footprint measurement and build into the design process. Speed of design is going to ramp up. Direct digital construction by machine. 3d printing for vertical and horizontal elements. Fully integrated environment. 

What does BIM mean to you?:

Effective information management. Standardised way of receiving data so that you can deal with it in a way you want. Commercial arrangement within contracts. Industry competence. Resource management. People, process and tools. Right tool for the job. Capacity to encapsulate all the information about a situation. 


About Shaun Farrell

I have been involved in the construction sector since 1986 and over the years I have seen things change dramatically. Much of the change has been directly as a result of technology. This blog will be about the key combinations of People, Process and Technology. Any views expressed here are strictly my own.
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