Ocean Club Resort - King and Campbell Pty Ltd

ClientGwynvill Trading Pty LtdLocationAustralia, NSW
ConsultantKing and Campbell Pty LtdContractorMichael Ward

Ocean Club Resort


Project Summary

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

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.

The Solution

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 width.

  • 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 subsequent files.

  • 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.

    Design 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.


The Result

Lessons learnt and future Revisions/Options

  • 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 documentation process.

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