Building Information Modeling and information technology drive successful rail-related projects
LOS ANGELES--(BUSINESS WIRE)-- AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, recently presented a session on its use of Building Information Modeling for the Neasden Depot Upgrade Project, London’s largest rail depot, and a keynote address on behalf of Crossrail Limited, currently Europe’s largest construction project.
Both presentations were delivered at Bentley Systems Incorporated’s 2010 “Be Inspired: Thought Leadership in Infrastructure” event held Oct. 19-20 in Amsterdam.
Malcolm Taylor, a transportation director at AECOM working as head of Technical Support Services for Crossrail as part of Transcend — a joint venture among AECOM, CH2M Hill and the Nichols Group that is serving as the project’s program management team — represented Crossrail and gave the keynote address at the Bentley conference including the importance of information technology in successful project delivery. Bentley is a global leader in software, dedicated to providing architects, engineers, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.
“Our strategy for Crossrail is to create an integrated design, facilitating multidisciplinary collaboration through the life of the project, which becomes the base for an asset management system,” said Taylor. “Information technology results in higher quality of work, lower costs to the client and is a key to efficient program management.” Taylor also presented a separate technical paper on behalf of his team in Crossrail, which then won the Bentley award for “Connecting Project Teams.”
Chris Abdee, a technical director at AECOM, also presented at the Bentley event. Abdee discussed AECOM’s use of technology in completing its design-construct contract for London Underground Limited’s Neasden Depot Upgrade Project in London, United Kingdom. The project presented several challenges, including six stages of construction; numerous design interfaces; managing the communication of engineers across varying disciplines; extensive alterations to buildings, roads, sidings, surface and foul water systems and site-wide lighting; and completing the project while maintaining a fully operational facility. AECOM used multiple technology software programs, including Bentley’s Structural Modeler; MicroStation V8i; Bentley Power Rebar; Bentley Rail Track; and ProjectWise to complete the project.
“Aside from realizing enhancements to the design process, we found that the generation of our sections and details through simple 2D extraction from the 3D model ensured that the up-front investment in ‘building’ the model was hugely and positively offset, compared with traditional methods,” said Abdee. With the help of advanced software programs, AECOM was able to provide numerous benefits to the client including buildings that are compliant with Part L Building Regulations Conservation of Fuel and Power, the creation of a customized Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Model (BREEAM) and significant savings in time and cost.
“As a result of using technology and collaboration, combined with the ability and skills of our design team, AECOM was able to enhance our project delivery capabilities for our client.”
“The process of producing the 3D engineering model for Neasden, the benefits it brought to the design process, the downstream management and the re-use of data are the essence of AECOM’s Building Information Modeling strategy.”
AECOM’s Neasden Depot Upgrade Project was named a finalist by Bentley’s Be Inspired Awards in the category of “Innovation in Rail and Transit.” The project is expected to be completed during 2012.
AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 51,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $6.5 billion during its fiscal year 2010. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at www.aecom.com.