The modern construction and infrastructure industries face a number of challenges, especially for firms with the unenviable job of redeveloping busy infrastructure projects in the middle of bustling city centres.
However, that was the task a US design team had to face in San Francisco recently. The target of the project was the Presidio Parkway, a stretch of road that joins the city of San Francisco with the design icon that is the Golden Gate Bridge.
To some, this may seem like an incredibly daunting task, but with the help of modern construction tools like 3D scanning, Infrastructure Design Suite, Infraworks and building information modelling, the project is off to a smooth start.
What are the benefits of Autodesk software in civil engineering and infrastructure projects?
The advantages of integrating physical and digital workflows for the US$1 billion project were highlighted by the team at Autodesk who worked on the project.
Builds of this scale can throw up plenty of unforeseen challenges to designers and contractors who aren't prepared. Rather than face these in the physical construction, where mistakes can cost time and money, it's advantageous to produce a digital analogue before breaking ground on site.
According to a July 14 interview with Informed Infrastructure, Strategic Projects Executive at Autodesk Tristan Randall made use of UAV (drone) technology when preparing the data for the design process. Mr Randall was keen to point out that this technology can be used for more than just taking photos.
"They can collect all sorts of data that allow us to fully digitise a site - photogrammetry, taking insanely accurate volumetric measurements," he explained.
"With a drone you can monitor what's happening on-site daily, even hourly, and you can attach that data to schedules that help project managers de-conflict and plan ahead."
Civil 3D and Autodesk's industry leading visualisation tools were used to create 3d models, animations and simulations of the Presidio Parkway. See the video below of the Presidio Parkway Driving Simulator from Autodesk Gallery, San Francisco where you can sit in the driver's seat, and take a spin on San Francisco's new gateway to the Golden Gate Bridge!
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