Victoria Harbour has been
labelled the ‘jewel in the crown’ of Melbourne’s Docklands. It is one of the
most ambitious waterfront developments being undertaken, with a total project
value of 4.5 billion dollars. The project will be developing major CBD streets,
laneways, access lanes & public meeting places such as Dock Square. Dock Square
is a major centrally located public meeting place with a state-of-the-art
library, landscaping and community centre, and a strip of cafés located at the
intersection of Collins and Bourke Streets.
Collins and Bourke streets create a vital urban link from
Victoria Harbour to the Melbourne CBD –
with Collins Street also consisting of a tramway running
down a raised central median. The site also consists of a tramway loading
platforms. The whole development site brings together a vibrant mix of retail,
commercial and residential development.
Some basic site statistics are:
· 30 Hectares in prime real being developed
· 2,800 dwellings
· 21,000 m2 of retail
· 24,000 m2 of mixed use space
· 8000 m2 of community facilities
· Estimated resident population of over
The problem faced was to
manage the surface modelling on one of Australia’s largest urban
renewal projects - with an extraordinary high number of
stakeholders that have competing and conflicting outcome objectives. As a
designer this is never easy mix, as the number of stakeholders involved on
projects like this causes a seemingly never-ending circle of design changes and
challenges. All of these factors equate to the surface modelling having to be
constantly updated and
managed throughout the design process.
A few of the major stakeholders involved are Lend Lease
(the developer) and the developer’s
engaged planners, architects, urban designers, landscape
architects, cultural / heritage planners and engineers (GHD). It also includes
governing authorities such as Placers Victoria & the Melbourne City Council.
Adding to the task above was the need for collaboration
of multiple surfaces created by multiple
road designers, creating multiple string models working on
the project at the same time to meet
project deadlines. Also adding to the challenge is working
across multiple GHD offices. These
included GHD offices Melbourne, Adelaide, Hobart & Manila.
Managing the surface
modelling was done by completing the following tasks:
1. Setting up the same directory drive
structure for each 12d project, on each of the local network
drives for all of the GHD offices involved.
2. 12d projects were created for each of the
engineering disciplines e.g survey, roads, drainage, utilities, tramways etc.
12d discipline projects. These 12d discipline projects were managed by revisions
at end of the project name that were updated at critical design stages or layout
3. 12d projects were copied across and
updated regularly across the relevant GHD operating centres.
4. Tin and model sharing set up. For example
the survey project shared the existing surface into each of the 12d projects.
This is where the process of managing many models to what
the designer calls “Single Model Modelling” using a 12d Chain occurs: All the
design surface modelling and management was done in the 12d road discipline
project. I made use of the 12d Chains facility, to create a 12d chain which
duplicates all of the native string models, created after running the apply many
functions into a single design string model. Every time a new surface design was
done (in any GHD office) using the Apply Many function. The native model is
uploaded onto each of the GHD operating centres (trade secret here) however you
could use a number of file management software here to prevent the same name
model name being used. And also ensuring the latest model is used. The native
model was then added to a chain managed by myself located in the GHD Hobart
office. The duplication of the newly created apply many model into a single
string design model. Is very simple and is just involves creating a .slf (screen
layout file) of the data to duplicate located under the 12d utility menu => A-G.
This means that each of the native apply many models have been copied into a
single string model covering the entire surface design for Victoria Harbour.
The advantage of having a single surface string design
model and tin on a project is that it enables
other 12d discipline designers to only ever have to worry
about sharing a single road surface string
model and into a 12d project. Meaning you don’t need to keep
adding shared models for the surface.
This may not sound like much, but on a project that has a
couple hundred apply many functions /
models. It saves valuable time in preventing time being
wasted by utility, drainage, rail designers etc
having to either:
· Read in hundreds of shared models and then
sift through model information to find what they are looking for.
· Chase surface / road designers about what
model name they need to share in.
It also prevents frustration of road designers having to
continuously stop and tell other discipline
designers that the model name or a particular kerb return,
This simple way of using a chain to
create “Single Model Modelling” can be done on the smaller projects and creates
efficiency on a project that saves valuable time, energy and money on projects.
And simply allows the designers to get on with designing their infrastructure.
The creation of the “DESN STRS” chain also had a number of
other things added to the chain which
were to delete the model, delete and re-create a design view.
Converting apply many design strings
to become non tinable e.g. lip of kerbs under raised
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