Track Access Services Creates Virtual 3D Models and Desktop Signal Sighting for Network Rail

TASImage2250Derby Station, located in the United Kingdom, currently handles 16 passenger trains in a typical hour and 30-40 freight trains per day using tracks and signals constructed many years ago. In 2014, Network Rail, the Derby Station operator, had a once-in-a-generation opportunity to create an improved track layout at Derby, in conjunction with new track and signaling. The goal was to put in place a more flexible track layout and optimize signaling to reduce travel time for passengers, segregate traffic flows, reduce conflicting movements, and cut reactionary delays and average minute lateness. To achieve this goal – and meet new compliance requirements in the U.K. for desktop design capabilities – Network Rail turned to Track Access Services Ltd. (TAS), a Bentley development partner. Together, they created an innovative desktop-driven, 3D virtual reality modeling, and signal design process.

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ContextCapture Brings 3D Modeling To Infrastructure Assets

image david huie3D modeling remains the most realistic way to simulate how infrastructure assets will operate throughout their lifecycle. ContextCapture simplifies the process of capturing 3D existing conditions by automatically generating a 3D photo textured model of virtually any size and any resolution, from a few millimeters to a few centimeters per pixel. 3D Visualization World interviewed  David Huie, Bentley’s Senior Product Marketing Manager to learn about the benefits of 3D and visualization in the infrastructure sector that ContextCapture supports.

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Data Analytics And Operational Analytics Can Transform the Utility

amulet 3d 250pxThe power of analytics can never be underestimated. Analytics within utilities, if used correctly, can enable them to respond more rapidly and effectively with issues regarding improved grid operations, performance customer engagement, and financial management. By utilizing the industrial internet of things (IIOT) and capturing the large amounts of data that is generated, analytics plays an integral part in staying ahead of the competition. Condition monitoring has traditionally been off-line or operated locally on-site, and the company recognized the power of moving to real time condition monitoring in terms of their short and long term asset management strategies.  Bentley’s Operational Analytics software was applied to interface to all forms of condition monitoring on site providing a single window into the assets on the substations.

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The Challenges of Integrating Geospatial Technology With BIM

image thumb challbimSince the inception of computer-aided design (CAD) and geographical information systems (GIS), users have been adopting technology to better deal with infrastructure projects around the world. Since the rise of BIM, a concerted effort has been made to integrate differing disciplines to benefit all parties to ensure better team collaboration, improved quality of infrastructure, and to design, build, and operate more efficiently.

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Creating 3D Models of Complex Objects

contextcapture 200px3D models contribute significant opportunity and value to design, construction and the renovation of existing and building of new infrastructure. Aerial photogrammetry has emerged as a popular approach for building 3D models in comparison to common laser scanning methods. We assess the accuracy of photogrammetry reconstruction by comparing outcomes when capturing and processing various scenes using ContextCapture software and laser scanner-generated point clouds.

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PRIME2 – Irelands 21st Century Digital Mapping Database

image prime2 bannerPRIME2 from Ordnance Survey Ireland offers the ideal spatial database for a growing economy. Underpinned with a country-wide foundation of spatial data, location and geographic information can be readily analyzed. This provides strategic decision makers in business, construction, education and central government with smarter decision capability in planning the development of the Irish economy. PRIME2 places Ireland at the forefront of countries reaching forward to growth and business in the 21st century.

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Advancing Infrastructure Assets Through Reality Modeling

image ted lambooReality modeling allows a much more realistic 3D model of today’s infrastructure to subsequently support the newly designed infrastructure and hence take more intelligent and better integrated decisions as the existing and the new are now coming together. The reality modeling approach is indeed disruptive technology that allows new ways of working. 3D Visualization World interviewed Ted Lamboo, senior vice president responsible for reality modeling at Bentley Systems to learn about this revolutionary new approach for building infrastructure around the globe.

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Sustainable Water Infrastructure for Smarter Cities In India

b 200 183 9931 bim3d imageNew approaches to building information modeling (BIM) and lifecycle infrastructure involving water simulation and modeling are helping to solve resource challenges and efficiency needs in India. Various cities have taken the initial steps toward becoming a smart city and are now beginning to realize the value of improved resource asset allocation and management while improving the quality of life for residents. Opportunities for investors in India are emerging through these efforts and quantified, measurable benefits are adding performance gains previously not achievable.

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