VicRoads, the road authority in the Australian
state of Victoria, has been a user of
MicroStation and InRoads products since
1989. However, VicRoads suffered from the
lack of an integrated drawing management
system that would ensure compliance with
statutory records management requirements,
as well as improve management of, and
access to, design files and paper drawings. By
replacing several non-integrated, obsolescent
tools with a single off-the-shelf solution,
VicRoads estimated it could save at least
$133,000 yearly from efficiency gains. After a
rigorous evaluation of five competing products, VicRoads selected Bentley ProjectWise
to manage nearly 165,000 CAD files and
250,000 paper drawings.
Since completing the implementation of
Project Wise in June 2004, VicRoads has seen
significant improvements in workflow, file
access, and file management. Combining multiple file management methods into a single
system has significantly reduced setup time.
Automatic file naming and drawing numbering has standardized and sped up usage.
Other benefits include automatic title block
completion from metadata, as well as the ability to quickly see metadata for all files, which
has considerably enhanced tracking of file
use. A single master file replaces locally
stored copies, reducing proliferation of files
and ensuring that the latest versions of files
are available to all users. ;
NEW TECHNOLOGY ADOPTION
Project IVOR (Improving
Vodafone on Railways)
In Project IVOR (Improving Vodafone on
Railways), Bechtel is constructing new
mobile phone cell sites and upgrading existing ones along main U.K. rail routes to
improve network performance and quality of
service. Bechtel has end-to-end responsibility
for project management, network design, site
acquisition and design, procurement, construction management, installation, and commissioning.
VST provides dynamic, synchronized display
of raster mapping data, aerial photography,
existing telecom mast locations and digital
video. VST generates cross sections and analyzes line-of-sight profiles through ground, clutter, and building surfaces, between telecom
masts and any location along a railway route.
Having this information available on the
desktop reduces work hours required, as well
as reducing costs and the safety burden of
site visits. VST also provides a more robust
initial design, allowing potential design issues
to be highlighted and resolved at an
earlier stage. ;
Interactive virtual reality models link to an
asset database to provide designers and planners with decision-support
potential telecommunications coverage issues without requiring site visits.
Developed by Bentley Professional Services,
the Virtual Survey Tool (VST) revolutionized
Bechtel’s process for cell-site deployment.
VST allows Bechtel users to analyze the project’s 3,000 kilometers of railway routes from