A significant challenge that the AJM Joint Venture faced was detecting any potential clashes between existing utilities and the future tunnel and building infrastructure.
Up for the challenge, the Joint Venture used a digital engineering tool to detect possible infrastructure clashes during the design phase.
Federating a combined 3D model took specialists from four different companies to manage multiple vertical and horizontal coordinate systems, different measurement units, and different software platforms. Ultimately, this tool federated all design and existing conditions geometry into a single coherent model.
There were broad smiles around the design room when the first federated model was produced by the modelling coordination team, which was a testament to the hard work and diligence of the group.
This workflow, which followed BS 1192 guidelines for information collaboration and coordination, allowed the project team to coordinate updated 3D models quickly and unambiguously throughout the project.