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Making room for rivers

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Autodesk customer success story iNFRANEA There are so many moving parts on a project like this. 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 keep track of activities in a 3D environment while also coordinating efforts across disciplines. — Johan Kuppens President iNFRANEA Introduction Climate change is expected to increase the risk of floods. So what can countries crossed by multiple flood-prone rivers do about it? The people of the Netherlands have launched a massive flood prevention initiative designed to improve environmental conditions in more than 30 of the country's locations. These measures along the rivers IJssel, Rijn, Lek, Nederrijn and Waal together make up the program Room for the River. Room for the river Waal Nijmegen is one of these measures. The widening of the River Waal where it passes through the municipality of Nijmegen is one of the most ambitious undertakings in the program. The river Waal bends sharply near Nijmegen and moreover, it narrows itself in the form of a bottleneck. That the river may flood at high water as a result became clearly evident in 1993 and 1995. Adequate measures are necessary in order to protect the inhabitants of the city against the strength of the water. The project involves moving an existing dike 350 meters inland and dredging an ancillary channel, creating a new island in the river. This will create an island in the Waal and a unique urban river park in the heart of Nijmegen with room for living, Making room for rivers iNFRANEA uses BIM to model, coordinate, and plan a river-widening project on the River Waal Nijmegen COMPANY iNFRANEA LOCATION Antwerp, Belgium SOFTWARE Autodesk ® AutoCAD ® Autodesk ® AutoCAD ® Civil 3D ® Autodesk ® Revit ® products Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage Autodesk ® BIM 360 ™ Glue ® recreational activities, culture, water and nature. The solution is far-reaching, yet sustainable. The municipality of Nijmegen is proud that it has formulated a plan that accounts for safety and that will strengthen the spatial quality of the environment. Along with the widening and the mix-use park, the project requires the construction of three bridges. As multiple firms combine their expertise to engineer the design/build project, the lead contactors wanted proactive—and constant— coordination across the team. They turned to iNFRANEA, an infrastructure-focused firm with deep expertise in Building Information Modeling (BIM), for help. "BIM lets you use intelligent, 3D models to engineer and understand projects," says Johan Kuppens, president and founder of iNFRANEA. "A model-based process opens the door to more visual and intuitive project coordination, but you still need a way to bring multiple models together. Autodesk ® Navisworks ® Manage provides the aggregated model we need to keep the large project team moving in the same direction." Visualization of the project Room for the river Waal Nijmegen. Image courtesy of the municipality of Nijmegen.

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