Arup wins at 12d International Innovation Awards

28 May 2017

The innovative work done on the Pacific Highway Woolgoolga to Ballina Upgrade (W2B) Portion C by our Digital/BIM team was recognised with the coveted Customisation Award at the 12d International Innovation Awards held in Brisbane.

The award celebrates Arup’s impressive 12d skills and innovative approach to design in the BIM environment.

12d Model is a powerful terrain modelling, surveying and civil engineering software package used in 65 countries worldwide which includes a programming language that allows users to build their own options, from an extensive programming library.

Arup, together with our JV partner Cardno (ACJV) and support from EXDS, pushed the software to its maximum capability and used in a way that is to date, unheard of.

W2B Portion C involves the design of a four lane divided carriageway for a total length of approximately 34km and two grade separated interchanges. ACJV were required to implement Digital Engineering (DE) processes during the detailed design as part of Roads and Maritime Services’ (the ultimate client) initiative to use modelling (BIM) technologies to create and manage the delivery of the project and 30 year future maintenance of the asset.

Slicing the model in 100m intervals, ACJV developed smart workflows and design protocols to efficiently manage the tagging of each individual attribute for all elements of the project including highway, drainage, road furniture, pavement and utilities for input into an overall BIM model. An incredibly complex task, the workflows developed by ACJV with the assistance of EXDS saved time and cost to the project. The use and flexibility of 12d to automate and standardise the processes to create a BIM model to the required protocols was a huge success on this project.



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    Almost two-thirds of this section of the highway passes through National Park.