White paper: Modern Thought Processes for Road and Infrastructure Design

White paper: Modern Thought Processes for Road and Infrastructure Design

Authored by Sean Twomey, ANZ Consulting Manager, A2K Technologies, this white paper explores the adoption of BIM in road and infrastructure design. It considers the implications for collaboration and the benefits from both an efficiency and a market positioning context.

Although interest in integrating Building Information Modelling (BIM) into the infrastructure space has existed for several years, traditional processes still dominate the vast majority of projects.

The expectation is that BIM collaborative process will become the default method of project delivery for infrastructure projects, as the extended design community adopts the standards and stakeholders realise the benefits.

Click to access the white paper, Modern Thought Processes for Road and Infrastructure Design.

Queensland architects triumph at international awards on behalf of Cox Rayner

Queensland architects triumph at international awards on behalf of Cox Rayner

A2K Technologies is thrilled to announce the success of one of our long-term customers, Cox Rayner Architects, at the recent World Architecture Festival in Singapore.

Casey and Rebekah Vallance from Cox Rayner were awarded the world house of the year title for their distinctive home, built as an extension to a caretaker's cottage in Paddington, Queensland.

The home looks like a humble worker’s cottage from the street, but features a rooftop barbecue area and lookout, and perforated metal screens to evoke the spirit of Brisbane's pioneering ‘timber and tin’ homes. It took the two Brisbane architects seven years to build on weekends.

The contest was a triumph for Cox Rayner, which won five international awards - including three for a $360 million National Maritime Museum of China at Tianjin, a port city of 14.5 million people south of Beijing.

Cox Rayner also won the international infrastructure prize for its striking Brisbane ferry terminal design that will be adapted to seven new Citycat and ferry terminals to be built along the Brisbane River between the University of Queensland and New Farm at a cost of $20 million.

Source: <http://www.theaustralian.com.au/news/queensland-architects-casey-and-rebekah-vallance-triumph-at-international-architect-awards-on-behalf-of-cox-rayner/story-e6frg6n6-1226735068713#sthash.5MNAPAe7.dpuf>


BIM: Comply or lose out on mega contracts

BIM: Comply or lose out on mega contracts

Small and medium-sized firms in the City Region have been told to “get up to speed or kiss major contracts goodbye.”

That was the message from speakers at a seminar in Sheffield, UK, on a new government initiative that has implications for businesses throughout construction industry supply chains.

The initiative centres around Building Information Modelling – or BIM – a technique designed to define and manage every aspect of a project from specification and design to completion.

BIM aims to reduce project time scales and costs by ensure information is shared across the entire supply chain, including, conceivably product suppliers.

Speaking at the launch in Sheffield of a drive to engage small and medium sized companies in the process, Martin McKervey, construction partner at the Victoria Quays office of lawyers Nabarro, warned SMEs risked missing out on lucrative contracts.

Mr McKervey told attendees at the event in Electric Works: “If SMEs fail to get up to speed they can kiss goodbye to these major contracts as they will go to manufacturers and suppliers from outside the region who can show BIM compliance.

“The region’s manufacturers – whether they are steel companies, glaziers, road stone suppliers or whatever – must get onboard now, to demonstrate their ability and commitment to playing a full part in the supply chain of the country’s largest projects in the most closely-managed way.”

Mr McKervey’s warning was echoed by Mike Tynan, chief executive of the Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre.

He said: “SMEs must engage more quickly and more firmly if they are to become serious supply chain players in the larger infrastructure projects.

“It is vital for SMEs to get onboard at the early stages of this project in order to understand – and benefit from – the new thinking in procurement and supply chain management.”

One in 25 projects currently demand contractors are BIM compliant, but that is expected to rise to more than half by 2016, with a total value of more than £55 billion.

Source: <http://www.thestar.co.uk/news/business/comply-or-lose-out-on-mega-contracts-1-6098760>


Hyundai Engineering chooses Autodesk 3D software for Omani Plant Design

Hyundai Engineering chooses Autodesk 3D software for Omani Plant Design

Autodesk, Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK) has announced that South Korean engineering firm, Hyundai Engineering Co. Ltd., has adopted a 3D model-based design workflow driven by Autodesk Plant Design Suite, a comprehensive solution for designing, modeling, and constructing plant projects.

Hyundai Engineering piloted use of the software on the A'Seeb Wastewater Treatment Plant project', a wastewater treatment and recycling plant, capable of handling 80,000 tons of water in Seeb, Muscat, the most populous region of the Sultanate of Oman.

Recognising the clear industry shift from 2D- to 3D-based industrial and environmental plant design, Hyundai Engineering saw the need to invest in a 3D design solution.

Autodesk Plant Design Suite stood apart from other products on the market because it offered an affordable, flexible and comprehensive solution. The Suite provides design and modeling tools that are compatible with one another, which helps improve multi-discipline collaboration. It also enables 3D visualization, allowing project stakeholders to communicate more easily and effectively.

With Autodesk Plant Design Suite, Hyundai Engineering was able to not only deliver the A'Seeb Wastewater Treatment Plant project within budget and on schedule; the company also improved efficiency both in design and communication, while bringing about technological innovation.

A variety of tools contained in the suite were used on the project. For example, AutoCAD Plant 3D software simplified the modeling of pipeline, and enabled engineers to directly exchange basic data in the 3D models and drawings, helping all parties involved stay up-to-date. Also, Autodesk Navisworks Manage software was used to integrate designs created with various applications and produce a visualization of the integrated model that was used to detect problems early in the design stage of the project.

"Hyundai Engineering's aim was to ensure consistency and quality of 3D design data involved in the plant project. With Autodesk Plant 3D, we were able to implement a 3D wastewater treatment plant design system, which meant we were able to complete the development of a 3D design system that could be applied to various plant projects going forward," said Lee Seungsoo, section chief, Hyundai Engineering IT team.

Autodesk Plant Design Suite 2014 provides comprehensive plant design, intelligent 3D modeling and review software in an economical package. The Suite combines tools that enable intelligent, model-based processes to be utilized throughout project execution to help improve design efficiency and simplify coordination among process plant design stakeholders.

Building on the power of AutoCAD software and Autodesk 360 cloud services, the Suite adds plant-specific content and functionality to drive greater productivity and better project coordination, helping projects stay on schedule and within budget.

Source: <http://www.hispanicbusiness.com/2013/9/30/hyundai_engineering_chooses_autodesk_3d_software.htm>


A2K eNews Wire - September 2013 Issue 1

A2K eNews Wire – September 2013 Issue 1

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you to the inaugural edition of A2K eNews Wire - a monthly newsletter for A2K Technologies' customers across Australia and New Zealand.

Packed full of news covering Autodesk promotions, hardware sales, other special offers, upcoming events and webinars, training dates, tips and tricks, A2K news and more; we hope you enjoy the first instalment and encourage you to submit any suggestions for future content to the A2K Marketing Team who are always happy to hear from you!