The Admiralty Integrated Station & Sha Tin to Central Link project is the expansion of an existing station on the Hong Kong Mass Transit Railway (MTR) system.
As one of the interchange stations on Hong Kong’s busy MTR network, Admiralty Station will need to accommodate 2 new railway lines, the Shatin to Central Link (SCL) and the South Island Line (SIL), making it the first 4-line interchange in the Hong Kong MTR system. This project was further complicated by a demanding construction schedule.
Syntegrate, a consultancy specializing in the application of computer-based technology in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction industry, was responsible for implementing Building Information Modeling, or BIM, on this project. The team utilizes BIM Modeling and Management software tools and provides specialty services to assist in master planning, architectural design, project management, construction, and operations of the built environment.
Throughout the expansion of Admiralty Station, which involved construction directly beneath the existing metro lines, the daily operations of the trains had to continue without interruptions. Therefore, in addition to the demanding construction schedule, the operational constraints imposed by the existing station meant that it was necessary to formulate and accurately execute a highly detailed construction plan.
Syntegrate responded to this challenge by utilizing CATIA on the 3DEXPERIENCE platform. They visualized construction procedures and periodically incorporated up-to-date as-built models into the BIM environment. With this innovative approach, they produced accurate quantity take-offs, optimized the flow of logistics, and verified construction processes for all stakeholders.
As a result, Syntegrate delivered the following value to the project:
Successfully assisted the main contractor to develop constructible method statements throughout construction
Effectively used the as-built data in the BIM system to analyze and precisely coordinate subsequent construction
Improved construction strategies, safety measures, and work procedures through the use of BIM
Produced accurate calculations of resource levels and construction costs to assist in planning
Visualize and optimize upcoming work to improve space utilization on a very constrained site
With Syntegrate’s help, the 3D model enabled construction workers on-site to foresee subsequent processes.
The project stakeholders could also anticipate issues and opportunities early so they could make adjustments in a virtual environment to reduce risk.
Powered by the 3DEXPERIENCE platform, CATIA & ENOVIA applications help to vastly improve speeds on Chengdu’s Second Ring Road.
Chengdu’s Second Ring Road is the city’s largest municipal construction project. The road is over 28 km long and 8 lanes wide.
After completion of the first construction stage, it had only 6 overpasses.
Renovations were completed within a year, with simultaneous design, revision, and construction work resulting in the construction of 2,128 piers, 2,323 caps, and 6,785 piles by the hands of over 4,000 workers.
When the road was opened in May 2013, it was the city’s only express road devoid of stoplights. It serves over 200,000 people each day, significantly relieving traffic congestion.
“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault Systèmes
“BIM must extend beyond buildings to support infrastructure and Smart Cities” JONATHAN RIONDET, AEC Solutions, Dassault SystèmesMuch of the productivity-boosting potential of BIM for transforming the AEC industries has been inspired by the use of digital mockups in the manufacturing and aerospace industries. (more…)
Architecture is at the crossroads of technology, society, and material sciences. As illustrated by The Economist in the infographic below, the major trends dramatically influencing the future of our built environment are:
Robots augmenting the construction workforce: 3D printing, drones, and wearable exoskeletons.
Flexible design extending the lifespan of infrastructure: the circular economy and adaptability.
New materials giving rise to bigger and greener buildings: graphene, carbon-negative cement production, and multi-physics simulation.
The built environment becoming intelligent and automated: big data, AI, autonomous utility equipment, and automated city services enabled by sensors.
Driverless vehicles reshaping our cities: less car ownership, less need for parking. (more…)
By 2050, two-thirds of the world’s population will live in cities, the United Nations Human Settlements Program forecasts.
Meanwhile cities themselves are growing, with the number of megacities—those with populations greater than 10 million—expected to hit 41 by 2030, up from 28 today and just 10 in 1990.
The challenge is how to make sprawling, dense cities livable, sustainable and efficient for residents. But priorities for livability aren’t easy to define.
“If you have an older population, then things they see as priorities may be different than in a city with a huge number of young people,” says Stephen Hammer, manager of climate policy for the World Bank Group in Washington, DC.
The urge to become an engineer hits many people early on in life. Dr. Hicham Fihri-Fassi first felt the call as a young high school student. “I’ve always liked to innovate, and engineering enabled me to do just that,” he says. (more…)
3DEXPERIENCity, Wind Simulation for Singapore City, Singapore
Traditional models of urbanism are challenged today by the growing and increasingly diversified population in cities. Urban planners will find they need a new planning model that takes into consideration the needs of hyper-dense cities. They will need to re-think how we imagine, plan, design, analyze, simulate, realize and manage cities in order to better plan for the future. New urban planning tools also are needed to foster better communication among governments, business and citizens.
One solution with the potential to transform urban planning is the 3DEXPERIENCE city map. By creating a data-rich virtual model of the city in all its complexity, and linking it back to actual existing conditions in real-time, we can understand through simulations the potential effects of various systemic changes before implementing them.
The ability to visualize the built environment is critical to the design and construction of civil construction projects. While 3D simulation is widely used in the design phase of infrastructure projects, it is still gaining momentum in the construction phase.
Advancements in 3D and 4D simulation technology, however, now make it possible for project stakeholders to better visualize the construction process of complex buildings and infrastructure projects. This advanced visual communication provides a valuable asset to the building design process and is one that civil engineering projects should adopt.
More construction project sites now use virtual design and construction simulation. Virtual simulation provides a 3D and 4D computer-generated representation and offers a very realistic view of buildings, bridges, infrastructure, and other graphical models.
The process begins by either leveraging the included Civil Engineering Catalogues (i.e. smart tools, reusable components, and IFC-compliant objects which speed up the creation of the skeleton), or the design can start from scratch.
As the global population continues to rise, worldwide spending on civil engineering projects is expected to grow. Emerging markets such as China, the Middle East, and Latin America will be looking to facilitate rapid increases in infrastructure projects quickly and cost-effectively.
To keep pace, civil engineering and infrastructure professionals will need to address industry challenges, such as managing costs and schedules, reducing waste, and improving efficiency.
One key reason for inefficiency in AEC infrastructure projects is fragmentation. An integrated, collaborative environment would eliminate fragmentation, address business challenges, achieve higher quality, and improve efficiency.