3 Best-in-Class Infrastructure Projects of 2018

With the demand for infrastructure at unprecedented levels, these 2018 AEC Excellence Award winners showcase how the future of infrastructure is taking place right now and in incredible ways.
Empresa Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (EDU)

A public entity, the Empresa Desarrollo Urbano de Medellín (EDU) used BIM tools to plan safer communities for people living in these areas.

Project stats:

  • Project size: small (less than $100 million)
  • Planning area: 40,000 square feet at 1,500 meters above sea level
  • Software used: Autodesk AEC Collection, InfraWorks, Revit, Navisworks, Civil 3D & Insight
  • ROI of using BIM: The team estimates that the planning process took 45% less time and 28% more efficiency and constructibility of new housing.

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China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group

More than 50 design and engineering professionals from the China Railway Siyuan Survey and Design Group joined to work on the Wuhan to Xi’an high-speed railway project.

Project stats:

  • Project size: medium ($100 Million – $500 Million)
  • Planning area: 8.3 kilometers of a railway passenger line
  • Software used: Autodesk AEC Collection, Civil 3D, Revit, Vault, Inventor, BIM 360 & InfraWorks
  • ROI of using BIM:
    • The team estimates that the use of VR and 3D printing helped to reduce the rework rate by as much as 10%.
    • Collision analysis helped save nearly $500,000 on a single portion of the project.
    • 6 tunnels and 10 bridges in just 6 weeks. 60% faster installation of key equipment.

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Chongqing Municipal Research Institute of Design 

The Chongqing Municipal Research Institute of Design relied on BIM to deliver design for the Parallel Line of the Fourth Diversion Expressway in Chongqing, China. The expressway will add much-needed transportation capacity to the growing mountainous city.

Project stats:

  • Project size: large (over $500 Million)
  • Planning area: 28 kilometers of a mountainous city with river crossings
  • Software used: Autodesk AEC Collection, Revit, Navisworks, InfraWorks & Civil 3D
  • ROI of using BIM:
    • Map data collection and initial planning completed in 5-7 days with less environmental impact projected.
    • BIM design in 3 months vs. 6 months with traditional methods
    • Design time shorted by 15% due to close collaboration across Autodesk tools
    • Achieved a whole-project view across more than 5,300 files

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