Victorian Major Projects - WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff

ClientVariousLocationAustralia, Vic
ConsultantWSPContractorDavid Rotton

Project Summary

Parsons Brinckerhoff has been involved in a number of large scale, high profile projects involving the design of roads, drainage, sewer, water and other associated infrastructure, as well as bulk earthwork modelling. Their project teams used 12d Model software to overcome a number of complex and ‘non-standard’ challenges, often requiring innovative solutions. Due to the size and nature of these projects, they were required to work closely with a number of other consulting engineering companies, with the need for their software of choice to interact seamlessly with the design software used by other companies working on the projects.


The Challenge

It was imperative for the team to be able to check for clearance and possible clashes between services designed in 12d Model, and those designed in other packages. With limitations on compatibility of import/export mechanisms between various software packages, innovative methods were required to allow design data to be transferred from 12d Model to other packages, and vice-versa. This was required predominantly for transfer of three dimensional pipeline data elements between packages, for drainage, sewer, water and other services. Another innovation was the use of 12d to successfully model complex electrical and chemical box culvert systems, which the team had never previously considered attempting.


The Solution

Creation of detailed procedures was important, in some cases with step-by-step user guides to allow any project team members to facilitate the transfer of data. The procedures enabled 12d Model to produce .csv (comma separated values) data in a format which other software can use, as well as to read in .csv data in its original output format from the other package. A macro was developed to output three dimensional pipe data designed in 12d Model, into a .csv file which other packages can read. Electrical and chemical box culverts were created with an improvised approach using drainage strings, with the Drainage Network Editor used to specify the height and width of the culverts. The Drainage Plan Plot function (with a modified plot parameter file) was used to give the culverts the correct geometric representation showing actual internal dimensions of the culvert, allowing service clash checking to be undertaken in 12d Model.


The Result

Using 12d Model software, this innovative team was able to overcome a number of complex and ‘non-standard’ challenges, particularly on very large projects. They were able to work closely with a number of other consulting engineering companies, with 12d Model interacting seamlessly with the design software used by the other companies.

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