Olympic Village London 2012 - Arup

ConsultantOlympic Delivery AuthorityWebsitehttps://www.arup.com/
Project Summary
The selection of London as the host of the XXX Olympiad in 2005 required it to develop large scale venues and infrastructure to hold events and house approximately 24,000 athletes. This was a difficult task in an already crowded and developed city. The ultimate site was constrained by its surrounds including a high speed rail link, yet had to interface seamlessly with them and include additional utilities as required by the Olympic Games.

The Challenge
ARUP as an industry leader has a long history of successful high profile projects. The complexity and the timeframe of the London Olympic Village project required a new way of executing civil engineering design. There were many risks, one being the constrained nature of the site and the additional utility installations required to support the Olympic Games. The tight deadlines meant that it had to be done right the first time. The design process would also require the ongoing development of options as stakeholders provided comment. Each option would require the recalculation of the design to consider the impact of small changes on the overall design. Once confirmed, the design had to be seamlessly converted to design documentation for use by construction contractors who in most cases were already onsite awaiting the design details.

The Solution
12d Model was implemented rather than ARUP’s standard civil engineering design platform. The decision was based upon 12d’s ability to automate manual tasks, produce fast conceptual designs and ease of implementing changes. All earthworks, roads and utilities where modelled in 12d Model. Its sharing and collaboration features enabled designers working on different elements of the civil design yet reference data to ensure that there were no clashes. This improved productivity and shortened the design process. “The modelling of all subsurface utilities in 12d Model was the ultimate design solution to prevent problems during the construction phase.” Design options were tested and implemented using 12d Model’s automated recalculation features. This provided an opportunity to optimise the design for construction and ease of servicing. With the whole civil design in 12d Model, the design team and the client were able to view complete 3D design and carry out 360° design reviews prior to the development of design documents and start of construction activities.

The Result
12d sped up the design cycle by automating many manual tasks and allowing project designers to reuse standard components. Several existing processes were streamlined and ensured the project was completed on schedule.
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