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Making room for rivers

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Autodesk customer success story iNFRANEA Autodesk, AutoCAD, the Autodesk logo, Civil 3D, Revit, Navisworks, Glue, and BIM 360 are registered trademarks or trademarks of Autodesk, Inc., and/or its subsidiaries and/or affiliates in the USA and/or other countries. All other brand names, product names, or trademarks belong to their respective holders. Autodesk reserves the right to alter product and services offerings, and specifications and pricing at any time without notice, and is not responsible for typographical or graphical errors that may appear in this document. © 2014 Autodesk, Inc. All rights reserved. Creating a single model from ten different disciplines The challenge More than 10 different engineering disciplines contribute to the River Waal project. Their designs cover every aspect—from the permanent changes to the river and new bridges to the temporary structures that allow the work to proceed. In fact, managing the overlapping temporary and permanent aspects of the project has proved to be one of the most difficult coordination challenges of the project. "Even on a modest project with a little dredging and some minor changes to an existing bridge, you rely heavily on temporary structures," says Jaap de Boer of iNFRANEA, who serves as BIM manager on the River Waal project. "These temporary features allow work to proceed and reduce the impact of construction on people's lives. A project of the scale of the River Waal widening requires substantial temporary work, and it all has to be constructed and removed in ways that don't hinder the overall project. A structure that's essential today may need to be moved in six months, so we're coordinating a very dynamic environment that accounts for both the engineering models and time." The solution iNFRANEA decided to coordinate the project using a single model aggregated from all the models provided by the organizations working on the project. Importantly, this single model needed to be able to account for time as well as structure and location. iNFRANEA chose Autodesk Navisworks Manage software to help coordinate the BIM process on the River Waal project. That's because Navisworks not only aggregates models and helps identify conflicts, it also helps to plan projects by linking models to construction schedules. iNFRANEA also decided to make BIM coordination available in the field with support from Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Glue ® web service. The cloud-based service gives team members almost anywhere, anytime access to project models on Apple ® iPad ® mobile devices. "There are so many moving parts on a project like this," says Kuppens. "When will the dredging ship arrive? Where will the 5 million cubic meters of earth it will dredge go? How does that affect existing bridges, new bridges, and temporary structures? Those are just a few questions. Navisworks provides a way to help keep track of activities in a 3D environment while also coordinating efforts across disciplines." "Being able to view and interact with the model on mobile devices has the potential to transform the way people communicate on projects," says de Boer. "You can access so much information right in the field with BIM 360 Glue. As construction progresses, we expect more team members to take advantage of mobile access to information." Real-time coordination In advance of the weekly design coordination meetings, iNFRANEA aggregates project models from more than 10 different disciplines We go through the model systematically. When there are clashes, we discuss who will address the issue… Sometimes there are no clashes at all because the whole team is more aware of the details of what others are doing. So, regular coordination in Navisworks helps us to spot and prevent problems. — Jaap de Boer BIM Manager iNFRANEA Visualization of completed project. Image courtesy of the municipality of Nijmegen. Centralize and help identify clashes through 3D-designs in Navisworks. Image courtesy of iNFRANEA. 3D and 4D interface management for all temporary works. Image courtesy of iNFRANEA. into the single model maintained in Navisworks. Many of the engineering and design firms involved in the project base their BIM design on Autodesk ® Revit ® software products and Autodesk ® AutoCAD ® Civil 3D ® software. Others use software from another provider. Navisworks works with all files types in use on the project. After bringing the latest models together, iNFRANEA identifies clashes, and helps the team to constantly monitor potential interface risks in this complex project.

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