Archive for the ‘Infrastructure’ Category
Thursday, December 24th, 2015
Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by JWDK.
Click to Tweet: “SMEDI uses #BIM to
simplify #civilengineering projects”
Shanghai Puxi section of the Ring Road project in China (Image © SMEDI)
The Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (SMEDI), one of China’s top municipal engineering companies, has completed 12,000 projects including water treatment plants, as well as road, bridge, rail, urban landscape, fuel gas and geotechnical engineering projects.
Compass spoke with Lv Wei Zhang, association chief engineer in SMEDI’s IT Center, and Junwei Wu, deputy director of SMEDI’s BIM Center, about their work to develop IT solutions for civil engineering’s unique challenges.
RELATED: Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI
COMPASS: What challenges are SMEDI facing in executing its work?
LV WEI ZHANG: In China, it is common for major infrastructure projects to be carried out with design and construction happening in parallel. Typically, only 50% of the project is designed when construction begins. During construction, owners are able to plan the rest of the project with greater precision. So they modify their design as the project evolves. This is one of the ways to adjust projects.
Thursday, December 17th, 2015
The following article is excerpted from Civil Design Innovation, a whitepaper developed by Dassault Systèmes and SMEDI. To read more, download the full whitepaper here.
ADOPTING BIM – BENEFITS, CHALLENGES, SOLUTION
The two major benefits of adopting Building Information Management (BIM) are:
1. it enables 3D collaborative design, and
2. it facilitates communication by using a standardized format for data.
Click to Tweet: “Benefit 1: #BIM
enables 3D collaborative design”
Click to Tweet: “Benefit 2: #BIM facilitates
communication via standardized #data format”
Despite these benefits, there are challenges in adopting BIM.
One major obstacle is that it involves changing people’s habits, often needing to overcome a significant degree of resistance.
When new ways of working are proposed within a corporation, this can result in internal clashes or even paralysis while processes are reconfigured. Bottlenecks can also occur while designs are being refined and assessed.
Thursday, December 3rd, 2015
Originally published in Compass Magazine. Written by Nick Lerner.
King Abdulla Financial District metro station (Image © Zaha Hadid Architects)
Click to Tweet this Article: “#Infrastructure Innovation:
Collaborative, Efficient Design Platform Simplifies Civil Engineering”
To flourish, growing populations need more and better infrastructure – the roads, bridges and other public facilities created for government agencies by civil engineers and construction companies.
Costly overruns are typical in such projects, but experts agree that many challenges can be overcome through enhanced stakeholder collaboration.
By providing societies with infrastructure, including water, transport, communications, energy and waste systems, civil engineering projects help communities to function, develop and grow.
But much of the world’s infrastructure is inadequate and crumbling, and growing populations will only need more of it.
Thursday, October 22nd, 2015
As the Internet of Things enables new levels of interconnectivity, a digital twin city is helping Singapore plan for a sustainable future.
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digital twin city helps @govSingapore plan for #sustainability”
3D computer models of buildings and cities are familiar to many, but Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCity takes the concept further. It continuously generates the city as a dynamic, multidimensional data model that integrates information such as population density, traffic density, weather, energy supply and recycling volumes in real time.
Thursday, October 8th, 2015
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“Taking the High Road”
Roads are not just a way to get from A to B.
They change how the land is used, especially in rural areas, and can transform lives and livelihoods. But “more” is not always “better.”
Roads allow people to reach health centers, schools and markets, which produces healthier, more skilled citizens, and in turn generates trade, jobs and economic growth. Roads can also lower food and other prices, and cut waste.
Indeed, a paved road can halve the chances of spoilage, by getting fresh food to market quicker. According to the Copenhagen Consensus Center, a $239 billion investment in roads (as well as rail and electricity networks) in developing markets over the next 15 years could eliminate $3.1 trillion in food waste.
Yet about 1.2 billion people worldwide still lack access to an all-weather road, according to the World Bank. That is changing rapidly.
Roads are being built at an unprecedented pace: 25 million kilometers of paved thoroughfares are expected to be built by 2050—enough to circle the Earth 600 times, says William Laurance, research professor at James Cook University in Cairns, Australia, and director of its Center for Tropical Environmental and Sustainability Science.
Click to Tweet: “25Mill km of roads expected
to be built by 2050—enough to circle Earth 600xs”
But are these roads being built where they are most needed?
Thursday, September 24th, 2015
Click to Tweet: “Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group
brings info-based approach to #CivilEngineering”
Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group has implemented “advanced construction process simulation methods” with the Optimized Planning Industry Process Experience.
Shanghai Foundation Engineering Group is a wholly-owned subsidiary of the Shanghai Construction Group. The firm has 1,680 employees and is focused on foundation engineering, constructing harbors, bridges, tunnels, and other large structures.
Highly regarded through the construction industry globally, Shanghai Construction Group has built a large number of important, iconic and award-winning projects, all using the latest technologies. To ensure leadership in professional construction technology, the company and its subsidiaries are committed to the pursuit of excellence, continuous innovation in research and development, and rigorous project and process management approaches.
Thursday, July 30th, 2015
The National Research Foundation (NRF), Prime Minister’s Office, Singapore, and Dassault Systèmes have announced a cooperation to develop Virtual Singapore, a realistic and integrated 3D model with semantics and attributes in the virtual space.
Advanced information and modeling technology will allow Virtual Singapore to be infused with static and dynamic city data and information.
Click to Tweet: #VirtualSingapore will allow citizens, business, government & researchers to model city data
Virtual Singapore is a collaborative platform with a rich data environment and visualization techniques that will be used by Singapore’s citizens, businesses, government and research community to develop tools and services that address the emerging and complex challenges Singapore faces.
Thursday, July 16th, 2015
Civil engineering and infrastructure construction professionals can now engage in more collaborative, productive and accurate design of roads, bridges, tunnels, railways, highways, dams or other major infrastructure.
“Civil Design for Fabrication” was developed by Dassault Systèmes in partnership with the Chinese public engineering company Shanghai Municipal Engineering Design Institute (Group) Co. Ltd. (SMEDI) at the two companies’ joint research and development center in Shanghai.
By 2025, the global population will reach 8.1 billion, with rapid urbanization in China, India and Latin America, in particular. In order to accommodate this surge, an estimated $9 trillion will be spent on building public infrastructure.