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Cristalino Copper Mine in Canaa dos Carajas, Brazil, by SEI Engenharia

Thursday, August 16th, 2012

Article source: Bentley Systems, Incorporated

When Vale, the world’s second largest mining company, planned a $2.6 billion copper plant in northern Brazil, it contracted SEI Engenharia, a design and construction firm based in Belo Horizonte, Brazil, to perform front-end loading (FEL) and deliver detailed 3D models. The new mine, which is expected to have a life of 24 years, will produce 16 million tons per annum of run-of-mine with an average annual production of 340,000 tons of copper concentrate. Once in production, it will help address the deficit of copper production in the Brazilian domestic market.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

One of the challenges of this project was to prepare the basic engineering (i.e., the FEL 3) as 3D models. Vale wanted to use the 3D models to advance the study of key concepts prior to their integration into the detailed design plan, as well as give plant operations staff the opportunity to provide early input during the detailed design phase. At the same time, the models would accelerate project execution by shortening design review sessions and approval processes.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

“From the beginning of the project we also needed to work with plant operations information to improve planning, including the use of schedule simulation in Bentley Navigator, to plan and save resources,” explained Rafael de Santiago Silva, CAD manager at SEI Engenharia.

As a long-term user of Bentley software, SEI Engenharia engaged Bentley Institute to train a multidisciplinary design team of engineers to use MicroStation, Bentley Architecture, Structural Modeler, InRoads, and Bentley Navigator to model infrastructure, concrete structures, steel structures, substations, and industrial installations in 3D.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

Using these tools, SEI Engenharia’s design team developed several simulated 3D plant layouts, including options showing different internal and external access roads; these layouts helped Vale identify the optimal plant layout design that required the least enterprise investment; for example, they could quickly compare the environment, cost, and construction times associated with various plans. The result was the production of an initial mine layout followed by a master plan – mapped out in 3D–complete with a timetable for execution.

 Streamlining Collaboration and Review Cycles

 Using Bentley Architecture, Structural Modeler, and MicroStation, SEI Engenharia developed 3D models quickly and efficiently and published them via i-models. These i-models, which are containers for exchanging precision 2D and 3D engineering information, gave Vale direct access to the underlying design data down to individual component details with complete accuracy. Vale had two ways to view i-models using Bentley Navigator or downloading them through FTP into Bentley View for deeper analysis.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

“Replacing the usual design drawings with i-models as the project ‘deliverables’ was a breakthrough in the relationship with the client. For example, everyone could analyze designs to any level of detail and send and receive comments electronically.” i-models also accelerated client review cycles. “The design review sessions grew shorter since everyone had made comments directly in the i-model. This accelerated the approval of the project,” said Santiago Silva. Because safety and operational engineers could review the 3D models during audit review meetings, the final design was also safer; for example, using Bentley Navigator, they could review these models in detail, redline them, and check for inconsistencies throughout the design process.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

 Bentley software enabled SEI Engenharia to develop detailed 3D models and facilitate a streamlined collaboration process, ensuring that Vale ended up with an optimal, detailed, and safer plant design–on time and within budget. The integrated workflow enabled by the software also saved SEI Engenharia approximately 5,100 man-hours and reduced FEL costs for the customer by US$400,000. And by using i-models as their main deliverable type, they completed the project with 80 percent fewer large-scale drawings created using plotters–a real cost saver.

In addition to significantly shortening the time spent on design engineering, using Bentley software and i-models increased the quality and accuracy of designs. And because the team had a single, integrated model providing 3D visualization of the entire project, SEI Engenharia was able to reduce construction time, save on labor and rework costs, and minimize the need to create costly printed documentation. Most importantly, the increased accuracy and improved review cycle meant time and cost savings were achieved while increasing construction and plant operational safety.

Image Courtesy SEI Engenharia

 Developed by Bentley, i-models (containers for open infrastructure information exchange), enable the precision sharing of engineering data without loss of accuracy. Bentley i-models are information rich, including 2D and 3D geometry, from lines and arcs to surfaces, solids, and meshes. i-models also contain business properties and data, provenance(knowledge of its origin and evolution–essentially its i-model change history), the state of the information when the i-model was published, and the purpose for which it was created. Lastly, Bentley i-models store information reliably, using digital rights management to secure access and reuse permissions, and digital signatures to validate and verify an i-model’s status.

Livraria Da Vila in São Paulo, Brazil by Isay Weinfeld

Wednesday, August 8th, 2012

Article source: Isay Weinfeld

The Livraria da Vila is the result of the refurbishment of a two-story house, built on a very narrow plot in São Paulo.

From start, it was clear an open plan was needed, as to better arrange products and circulation. For that reason, significant structural alterations were performed to the existing building, such as the incorporation of metal parts that would make it possible to displace the pillars to the outer sections of the building, and reinforce its foundations.

Livraria Da Vila

  • Architects: Isay Weinfeld
  • Project: Livraria Da Vila
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Collaborator: Domingos Pascali
  • Project Manager: Monica Cappa
  • Team: Marcelo Alvarenga / Juliana Garcia / Leandro Garcia
  • Date Of Commission: Sept 2006
  • Date Of Completion: Apr 2007
  • Built Area: 790 m²


Issem Headquarters in Santa Catarina, Brazil by N8Studio

Tuesday, July 17th, 2012

Article source: N8Studio

Man’s well being is obtained through his experiences, relationships and the natural and built environment’s influence. In his daily routine or in a sporadic visit the user/worker must feel comfortable in the space that surrounds him.
The new ISSEM Headquarters is not envisioned as a building in its common sense, but as functional spaces that connect to the natural environment, that places man at the center of nature and allows him to perceive that life quality is intimately connected to the occupied spaces, the connection between interior and exterior, in the act of feeling part of something greater. Integration and communication are the headquarter’s base concepts – integrating man and nature, workers and users, interior and exterior – achieving true sustainability.

Issem Headquarters

  • Architects: N8Studio
  • Project: Issem Headquarters
  • Location: Jaraguá do Sul, SC, Brazil
  • Site Area: 4.400 m2
  • Built Area: 2.400 m2
  • Architects Team: N8studio – João Gabriel de Moura Rosa Cordeiro, Fabio Henrique Faria, Humberto Carta, Thiago Maso
  • Collaborator: Renate Louise Pierotto


Cobogó House in São Paulo, Brazil by Studio mk27

Sunday, July 8th, 2012

Article source: Studio mk27

The light of the abundant tropical Sun falls on the white volume of the top floor of the house, penetrating the holes of the hollowed elements and covering the floor of the interior space. Thus, the design of spatialized lace is formed from the shadows and solar rays. The effect is multiplied throughout the ambient, making a construction from the light itself. Throughout the days, throughout the months, the hollowed-out elements take on different forms with the incidence of the sun; at night, this effect once again is transformed; in a continuous process of metamorphosis, its form changes from the light.

Image Courtesy Nelson Kon

  • Architects: Studio mk27
  • Project: Cobogó House
  • Location: São Paulo, Brazil
  • Project Date: January . 2008
  • Completion: May . 2011
  • Site Area: 1365 Sqm
  • Built Area: 1000 Sqm
  • Architect: Marcio Kogan
  • Co-Architect: Carolina Castroviejo
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Vectorworks and 3D max


V4 House in Sao Paulo, Brazil by Studio mk27

Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012

Article source: Studio mk27

With each new project contemporary architecture is forced to optimize spaces and use the maximum of each square meter of the site.  V4 House is a rare anti-example.   Its occupation of the land is very far from the maximum coefficient.  Laws allow for much larger constructions. The solution adopted, however, dialogues with the dimension of the site, formulating an adequate relation between the scale of the construction and the site.

Image Courtesy Nelson Kon

  • Architects: Studio mk27
  • Project: V4 House
  • Location: São paulo . sp . Brazil
  • Project Date: April . 2009
  • Completion:  October . 2011
  • Site area: 653,00 sqm
  • Built area: 1.291,00 sqm
  • Software used: AutoCAD, Vectorworks and 3D max (besides other image editing softwares)


Ecletica Music Center in Nova Prata, Brazil by 0E1 Arquitetos

Thursday, June 21st, 2012

Article source: 0E1 Arquitetos

The design for this music school is based upon the creation of two hermetic chambers to house rehearsals inside a large space in a historic building located in Nova Prata, Brasil. The configuration of such boxes turns the residual space into two ambients that, even though are continuous, configure different spaces for different activities.

Image Courtesy Marcelo Donadussi

  • Architects: 0E1 Arquitetos
  • Project: Ecletica Music Center
  • Location: Nova Prata, Brazil
  • Project Design Team: Ana Cristina Castagna, Anna Carolina Manfroi, Gabriel Giambastiani, Mário Guidoux, Pablo Resende
  • Client: EclŽtica Centro de Música
  • Constructor: 0e1 Arquitetos and Local craftsmen
  • Use: Comercial
  • Area: 62m²
  • Photos: Marcelo Donadussi
  • Design Period: 2012
  • Software used: AutoCAD and Rhinoceros


Confederação Nacional de Municípios in Brazil by OSPA

Wednesday, June 13th, 2012

Article source: OSPA

Since its inauguration, Brasília is present in the imagination of all of the modern architects. Besides all of the inherent symbolism, designing in Brasília presupposes a contextualization with its monumental scale. The architecture that makes Brasília unique, sometimes also makes it distant from the human being and its needs.

Confederação Nacional de Municípios

  • Architects: OSPA
  • Project: Confederação Nacional de Município
  • Location: Brazil
  • Software used: Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3ds max, Adobe Photoshop.


Mall at Nilo Peçanha in Porto Alegre, Brazil by Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino (OSPA) and Jean Grivot

Sunday, June 3rd, 2012

Article source: Carolina Souza Pinto

A shopping center with 12 shops facing one of the most valuable corners of the city of Porto Alegre, Brazil. The work was conceived and executed with industrial materials, and its macrostructure made ​​in precast concrete, optimizing runtime. The gallery formed by the coverage balance is projected at 1.5 m above street level, not conflict visually with the parking lots that require quick places like this, heavy traffic.


  • Architects: Carolina Souza Pinto, Lucas Obino (OSPA) and Jean Grivot
  • Project: Mall at Nilo Peçanha
  • Location: Porto Alegre, Brazil
  • Type: Commercial
  • Client: Ruy Brossard
  • Collaboration: Claudio Souza Pinto, Construtora Premold
  • Project Area: 4200.00 M2
  • Area construction: 700.00 M2
  • Software: Autodesk AutoCAD, Autodesk 3DS MAX, Adobe Photoshop.


Alphaville Club House in Distrito Federal, Brazil by DOMO Arquitetos Associados

Friday, June 1st, 2012

Article source: DOMO Arquitetos Associados

The main entrance of the clubhouse, restaurant, swimming pools and other indoor areas are all located on the same level and are connected by ramps to the open air sports facilities, providing easy access to all its users. The building consists of a central space and two ‘wings’ with lower ceilings perpendicular to it. The central space is covered by a rectangular concrete structure that supports a green roof. The upper slab is aligned to the lower street of the condominium, integrating its green roof to landscape that’s visible from the residences.

Image Courtesy Haruo Mikami

  • Architects: DOMO Arquitetos Associados
  • Project: Alphaville Club House
  • Location: Brasília, DF, Brasil
  • Project Date: 2009
  • Construction: 2011
  • Area: 27.585m2
  • Built area: 1.214sqm (building) + 9.420sqm (sports facilities, swimming pools and parking)
  • Architecture: DOMO arquitetos- Daniel Mangabeira, Henrique Coutinho e Matheus Seco (authors), Débora Valença, Rodrigo Scheel e Daniella Rauber (co-authors), Guilherme Mahana and Tatiana Lopes (colaboration)


House in Praia Preta, Brazil by Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

Article source: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados

The house is implanted in a strip of land between the sea and the mountains of the Serra do Mar. Both ecosystems are extremely exuberant. The mountains are covered with the native Atlantic forest (the most bio-diversified ecosystem on the planet). The beach is quite small, and scarcely occupied. The sea water is crystalline, protected by small Atlantic-Ocean islands.

A large parcel of land inside a condominium of few houses with no physical separation among them, makes the natural elements the main aspect to be considered for the building arrangement.


  • Architects: Nitsche Arquitetos Associados
  • Project: House in Praia Preta
  • Location: Praia Preta, Sao Sebastiao, São Paulo, Brazil
  • Begining of the building: 20/03/2006
  • End of building: 28/12/2006
  • Terrain area:  2136m²
  • Covered area: 404,07 m²
  • Floor area: 715 m²
  • Internal area:  325 m²


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