Balfour Beatty Living Community Project for The University of Oklahoma

balfour okla225Balfour Beatty Campus Solutions, a leading developer and operator of infrastructure projects for the college and university market within the US, along with Provident Resources Group, announced that construction has begun on the first phase of a dynamic mixed-use project for the University of Oklahoma. The $194m (c. £149m) project will expand the university’s options for on-campus living for students as part of a public-private partnership. 

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Sequis Tower Tops Off In Jakarta

tt jakarta2The Jakarta skyline is steadily being transformed with the topping off last week of Sequis Tower, a high-tech 210-meter Class A office building. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services to developer PT Prospero Realty for the project designed by architect Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates.

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Manila's New Finance Centre Tops Out

image manila fc200A topping out ceremony was held late last month for The Finance Centre, a 42-story, class A office tower in Manila, Philippines. Thornton Tomasetti, along with local engineering firm SY^2, is providing structural engineering services to Daiichi Properties, the building’s developer.

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American Water Breaks Ground on New Headquarters

tt275x150Ushering in a revitalization of the Camden, New Jersey, waterfront, the largest publicly traded U.S. water and wastewater utility company, American Water, last week broke ground on its new headquarters building on the Delaware River. Thornton Tomasetti is providing structural engineering services to the architect of record, Kendall/Heaton Associates, for the project designed by Robert A.M. Stern Architects.

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NBA Golden 1 Center Advanced Through LEED Design And 3D Modeling

golden1 250Golden 1 Center, the newly completed, $557-million home of the NBA’s Sacramento Kings in California, welcomed guests at a ribbon cutting ceremony on Sept. 30. On hand for the opening festivities were members of Thornton Tomasetti’s structural design team, who collaborated with owner representative ICON Venue Group, architect AECOM and general contractor Turner Construction to design and build the facility on an accelerated schedule.

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Immersive Engineering Stirs Infrastructure Innovation

image 3d imm engImmersive engineering is under-pinned by 3D and real-time visualization. It is through the realisation that they lend themselves to achieving greater realism and improved understanding that designers, constructors and operators of infrastructure reach higher and further than previous generations. When coupled with innovations in augmented reality, robotics and sensor technologies, engineers are being nudged and prodded toward new capabilities and alternative perspectives on what their discipline can involve - or where it might lead to. 

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Connecting The Dots Between Software and Contractors In The 3D City Model

image 3d city coll3D city models are now becoming the norm rather than the exception. The uptake of building information modeling (BIM) is helping to create this growing change. What looks good in 2D on a drawing is often not easily understood in a 3D context. As design professionals, contractors and builders begin to sort out the pieces of large infrastructure projects, the need for coordination, communication and collaboration expands and becomes more important. A primary objective of these projects involves connecting the dots between the pieces to ensure all are on the same page, and that projects meet schedules for completion.

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FDNY Rescue Company 2 Firehouse Breaks Ground

FDNY fire hall275New York City Fire Department’s Rescue Company 2 has broken ground on a new station in city that will include  many innovative and advanced 3D design features. The new building considers spaces in both horizontal and vertical directions, not only for construction but also for environmental factors including light. The new structure will increase greenhouse gas reductions by as much as 80%.

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New Miami Stadium Tops Out

miami st 200x116Building information modeling (BIM) was used in the design of the new Miami Stadium that will become home to the NFL Miami Dolphin football club. Designed by architect HOK, this phase of modernizations also adds four 50-by-112-foot, high-definition screens, one at each of the stadium’s corners. Designed to withstand Category 4 hurricane winds, the canopy is completely independent from the existing stadium construction. 

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Government Infrastructure Advances With 3D and Visualization

image bentley 3d bimGovernments around the globe are increasingly realising the benefits of advanced, high quality 3D and visualization technology. They have a unique participation role that often extends through the entire infrastructure lifecycle process. New roads, utilities, airports, water systems and other architecture, engineering and construction projects begin with initial designs and require approvals, updates and review by various agencies. Upon construction, they are monitored and performance is measured as work proceeds. The required coordination and collaborations with contractors and designers is ongoing and extends well into the owner maintenance stages. In fact, government owned infrastructure is continually involved - forever. 

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Authoritative Accuracy In 3D Terrain Data

3d authoritativeThree-dimensional terrain data is valuable and useful for many purposes. While most people are immediately aware of the 3D visualization possibilities that higher level and more realistic landscapes bring, alternative values lie within this data that set the foundation for building and operating infrastructure and land management practices around the globe. 

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Advances In UAV Technology Deliver More Robust 3D Construction And Infrastructure Applications

image drone city250Advances in unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology are placing drones in a central position for designing, managing, building and operating infrastructure projects. From the initial planning stages involving site locations to the monitoring of construction assets and continous maintenance applications, UAV technology is flourishing. These developments are supporting through enhanced software that processes imagery as well as increased use of 3D lidar and laser technologies.

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