Ocean Club Resort
Manufactured home estate comprising 260 dwellings, Office, Managers
Residence, Community Club and Workshop/Maintenance Shed (refer attached Site
Master Plan for details).
Stage 1 Construction included the upgrade of Ocean
Drive (Regional Road) and the design of five public roads and 13 private roads
including all associated infrastructure. Lake Cathie is situated near Port
Macquarie in NSW.
Design was commenced in 2010 and construction continues on
this ‘Five Star living for over 50s’ resort.
The challenge of this project was to complete the design of the 19 roads and 40
kerb returns in a cost-effective and timely manner.
The initial construction program required that 14 of these roads also be fully
documented for construction.
At the start of this project, King and Campbell had been using 12d Model for
approximately eight years and had undertaken a moderate level of customisation
during that time, including custom tool bars and standardised long and cross
section plot parameter files.
This project provided the opportunity to
further customise King and Campbell’s usage of 12d Model, including updating how
customisation was managed between users.
Their user customisation was
centrally stored on a server; however this data was copied (as part of the logon
process for users) to a local drive. This enabled customisation to be updated
automatically, with the added protection that if users accidentally deleted
data, this would only affect the individual user’s PC (and a restart would
usually fix the problem).
Design of the Roads
Standard road templates were used with a zero width for the pavement. This
allowed the same template to be used for all roads, irrespective of their
All of the road design was undertaken using the Apply Templates Function
(Apply Many) and utilising modifiers. The first modifier inserted the
correct template with the second modifier correcting the width (this was
modified to a line created in another package as part of the original
development application process).
The ability to copy data between modifiers was used to simplify the process
by creating one MTF file and then transferring the modifiers to all
The use of high/low dropped chainage of strings was used to specify
start/end chainages where possible, to facilitate design changes.
The approach of these standard road templates resulted in their being
adopted across the organisation for all road designs.
of Kerb Returns
The design of the Kerb Returns was also undertaken using the Apply Templates
Function with the same road template described above.
The Apply Many process was simplified by ensuring a naming convention was
followed and creating one standard MTF that was copied and renamed in
Windows Explorer for the other 39 kerb returns.
The option to start and end the modifiers with the reference string “Start
(ref)” and “End (ref)” was undertaken to avoid the necessity of specifying
actual numerical values which would vary between the different Kerb Returns.
Documenting the Design
The same approach was applied for the documentation of the design. As
standardised names were used for all Road and Kerb Return Alignments,
Sections and Strings default *.lplotppf and *.xplotppf files were created
that included all of the base information (standard AutoCAD file, Corridor
models, Cuts through Strings).
The functionality of 12d Model to relate to colours in other packages
simplified the production of these long and cross sections by mapping
information to meaningful layers in other packages.
All services were similarly coloured to ensure their correct transfer into
other packages. The colours adopted for this project were then standardised
across all of King and Campbell’s designs. The colours were developed by
modifying the colours.4d file and ensuring the RGB values were the same in
12d Model and other packages.
Lessons learnt and future Revisions/Options
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Adopting a uniform naming convention from the commencement of the project
proved beneficial both for the design and the subsequent documentation and
setout for construction.
The design was undertaken around the same time that 12d Model released its
Chains functionality. It would be beneficial in future to set up Chains to
run the numerous Apply Many and plot functions. This would simply the
process if/when changes are made to the design.
Simple procedures and customisation implemented at the commencement of a
project provide efficiencies through the life of the project and beyond.
Time spent on customisation and standardisation within 12d Model provided
ongoing benefit to King and Campbell by simplifying the calculation and