Occupying 2,239 acres with more than 400 buildings, three terminals, three runways, and associated taxiways, Sydney Airport is one of Australia’s most important pieces of infrastructure, generating economic activity equivalent to 6.4 percent for New South Wales and providing 306,700 jobs. The airport’s design team is responsible for maintenance, documentation, and guardianship of civil, architectural, airfield design, and services databases, as well as leasing documents, airspace protection, and numerous presentation drawings.
The trophy-class office building, Reston Station OB1, in Reston, Virginia, topped out last month. Thornton Tomasetti provided structural engineering services for the 620,000-square-foot, 16-story project designed by JAHN architects. The project is part of the larger Reston Station mixed-use, transit-oriented development, which includes residential and retail buildings located at a metro stop on the Silver Line leading to Washington, D.C. In addition to offices, the tower will have a restaurant and eight levels of below-grade parking.
Grimshaw has designed three buildings that reflect the needs of 21st century education, with technology, collaboration and wellbeing at the core of each scheme. Creating a sense of openness and transparency, the projects connect staff and students to the remainder of the campus or urban environment. Thoughtful material choices reflect the architectural context, and provide identity and character to important student hubs.
The Northern North Sea is host to many large discoveries, such as Troll, Statfjord and Brage, but recent finds such as Brasse imply that more potential fields are waiting to be discovered. The key to understanding these mature petroleum areas is to consider all the geoscience data available to reduce uncertainty and risk. This is why CGG offers integrated studies combining broadband seismic data with geology, well data and reservoir characterization to increase the understanding of petroleum plays and identify new prospects. The Northern Viking Graben study is the largest and most complete of these integrated studies that CGG has been developing in many areas of the world.
The University of Iowa’s new Hancher Auditorium makes its debut on September 9. With a sculptural form composed of curving, cantilevered terraces clad in stainless steel and glass, the 1,800-seat performing arts facility is the result of intensive collaboration among design-team members from 17 organizations. Theater design is never simple, but a compressed schedule and atypical geometry added complexity to the design process. Thornton Tomasetti’s façade specialists, structural engineers and construction support professionals worked closely with one another and with all design and construction team members to develop sophisticated solutions to several significant engineering challenges.
A renaissance in the 3D visualization world is drawing new investments and creating opportunity in nontraditional markets. The construction sector, which has long used visualization to envisage proposed designs, is beginning to see the benefits of 3D visualization to share those concepts with customers and design teams. The next-generation design tools used widely by architects and engineers, BIM programs are powerful and data-rich, and their 3-D models make designers fast and accurate. The potential is vast. To understand why, it helps to take a closer look at where we are now in terms of BIM.
Transportation systems benefit greatly through the use and application of traffic simulations. While this technology has traditionally been used in human factors research, driver training and transport planning, due to the advances in software development it is also now becoming a significant element in the research into advanced vehicle safety and autonomous driving systems. These simulations also support interfaces that enable such items as eye tracking devices and head mounted displays in 3D.
Written by Thorbjørn Kjærshøj Nielsen, Simon Lyngby Kokkendorff and Nynne Sole Dalå
Since 3D city models became feasible as a tool for urban planning some 15 years ago there has been a push towards photo realism in visualizations. With BIM and more intelligent modelling specifications the 3D city model has established itself as much more than just a canvas for an architect’s vision.
Spatial data and geographic information systems (GIS) have a unique and powerful role to play with respect to understanding urban areas through economics. This data aids planning decisions and these tools are helpful when processing large quantities of complex information. At the same times, GIS provide the opportunity to integrate cross-domain knowledge more effectively, an important capability due to the wide ranging number of different domains participating within urban environments.
New drone technologies and innovation are reaching new heights withever increasing need to improve safety and maximize operational efficiency in underground mines. Keeping in view the risks and challenges usually faced during mining operations, new drone technology is on its way to replace labour-intensive methods of surveying, inspection and mapping. This is emerging as a new trend in the mining industry to capture 3D spatial data in hard-to-access underground areas in mines with an aim to remove much of the risk and increase safety on site. 3D mapping of large-scale sub-surface environments, such as stopes, drifts and ore passes will now become easy and cost effective. This heralds a new era for future underground mining.
The City of Austin, Texas is using 3D models for urban planning. These models provide the city with an effective and interactive visual approach that results in improved research and decision-making for urban planners. Civic Analytics, an economic research, planning, and consulting firm based in Austin applies this technology which has been used to enhance discussions around height restrictions, set backs, density, and also poor development decisions that may have been missed in previous maps.
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have seen an exponential progress in the last few years, primarily due to their ability to collect huge amounts of relevant data in the shortest possible time and ability to perform complex tasks in difficult environment. Lot of research has gone in to the development of UAVs and the related sensor technology that has promoted UAVs’ applications in different fields such as remote sensing, agriculture, disaster response, surveillance and even media production & marketing.