Home' IAQ Yearbook : 2017-18 Contents 76 Infrastructure Association of Queensland Yearbook 2017--2018
centres. The only way you can do this well is by
not only having, but understanding, city-level
data -- from traf c ow to public transport use,
right down to the uctuating use of utilities and
where their use is in relation to schools, parks
and housing developments. With this data at
your hands, you can start to map out potential
future growth corridors, and how to maximise
existing and planned assets, transit hubs and
Digital in our industry
The obvious answer that many design consultants
will have to starting to address these issues is
building information modelling (BIM). Across
the industry, BIM is slowly beginning to meet its
promised potential, but what of all the existing
data? Too often, we wait for the next big project
to start our digital journey.
Arcadis recently announced a strategic alliance
with Australian digital innovator RedEye to jointly
offer digital asset management solutions to the
industry. Alliances like this are an important rst
step, but a lot more needs to happen.
So, what do we need to do? The answer lies in
building a solid platform, and embedding BIM
and similar solutions (such as RedEye) into our
offering as an industry, and then looking at ways
we can challenge ourselves and push what we
Now, this is all great in theory, but what does
digital mean in a project sense?
New Generation Rollingstock (NGR) Project's
The Wulkuraka New Generation Rollingstock
Maintenance Centre is a state-of-the-art facility
designed and built as part of a massive $4.4-billion
investment by the Queensland Government in
next-generation trains and public transport.
Wulkuraka was developed to not only service
and maintain 75 new, high-tech passenger trains
for the rapidly growing South East Queensland
region, but to also stay t-for-purpose for the
next 50 years.
To ensure that the design and construction were
equally cutting edge, Arcadis, as lead designer,
set a new benchmark for the use of BIM in
infrastructure projects in Australia. BIM, which
digitally maps the physical world in 3D, has been
in use in Australian construction for some time,
but for the rst time, Arcadis developed a uni ed
platform that is able to integrate seven different
design software packages.
Bringing together all the disciplines involved in
Wulkuraka as one cohesive digital model, from
overhead and underground services to electrical,
structural or mechanical engineering, boosted
collaboration, coordination and issue resolution
from the start. Given the sheer numbers of
services involved and contractors on site, the
new BIM model helped to improve construction
time lining and project visualisation, while
fostering an 87 per cent engagement with local
companies and workers.
Taken together, the improvements meant that
Wulkuraka was completed six weeks ahead of
schedule, delivered signi cant cost savings and
spurred more ef cient use of equipment on site
through BIM integration into construction machinery.
A recent international case study of Wulkuraka
by the Sustainable Built Environment National
Research Centre con rmed BIM's impact,
showing it produced widespread bene ts like
better asset management, cost accounting,
environmental performance, productivity, safety
and fewer errors. Wulkuraka also received the
2016 Smart Infrastructure Award and other
awards acknowledging the impact of digital
engineering on results.
Creating a far more advanced BIM model didn't
come without its challenges, which included the
need to prepare a wide range of companies and
contractors to be able to access and work with
the one BIM model, engagement of a range of
other stakeholders, and skilful management of
the volume of integrated information.
Wulkuraka and the ongoing New Generation
Rollingstock investment have already had a
major impact on the people and economy of
Queensland, including creating around 500 full-
time jobs, up to 1500 indirect jobs drawn from
the local and regional community, and ongoing
infrastructure investment around the new facility.
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