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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. BIM coordination helps resolve more than 15 major interface conflicts on the project "We go through the model systematically," says de Boer. "When there are virtual clashes, we discuss who will address the issue. Everyone agrees, and we move on to the next issue, if there is one. 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." Avoiding the bombs With the permanent structures and alterations to the river located in the most favorable places, the temporary structures and staging areas must fit around them. iNFRANEA is using a BIM-based process to plan movements of the ever-changing temporary structures required on the project. There's also a dangerous—and hidden—existing condition that the team must avoid. The River Waal at Nijmegen was the site of a major battle in World War II, and there are unexploded bombs underground in areas near the project. The Navisworks model includes a map of the bomb locations, which helps the team plan when and where to put temporary elements—safely. "We joke that we have the BIM model and the bomb model," says Kuppens. "Actually, the locations of the bombs are mapped in the single integrated model. No one wants to clash with a bomb. A clash between a pipe and a retaining wall may add time or costs to a project, and Navisworks is definitely helping us avoid those kinds of problems. But helping to keep people safe is an even more important use of the model." The result Since taking charge of BIM coordination on the River Waal project, iNFRANEA has kept track of clashes, and the results have been eye-opening. "We've spotted numerous minor clashes, and for each, there are savings in cost and time," says Kuppens. "The big benefit from Navisworks has been in the area of what I would call major interface conflicts. We've found and resolved more than 15 so far. That's the essence of our service, eliminating 'failure costs' well before cost increases or delays surface, at a later stage. And so far, our BIM- process has delivered error-free construction data. Proactive, model-based coordination helps prevent them from occurring in the first place." To learn more about BIM for Civil Infrastructure, visit, To learn more about BIM 360, visit, Sharing the BIM model via Autodesk BIM 360 Glue. Image courtesy of INFRANEA. Being able to view and interact with the model on mobile devices has the potential to transform the way people communicate on projects. 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. — Jaap de Boer BIM Manager iNFRANEA 3D clash controls for new and existing foundations. Image courtesy of iNFRANEA.

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