ALDAr HQ, Al raha Beach Development
Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
ALDAr’s new headquarters will be the first structure derived from toroidal
geometry in the Middle East. The futuristic aluminum and glass exterior,
underground parking, turnstile security, and marble floors and walls will
ensure a commercial building fit for the 21st century.
The project team was widely distributed around the world, with partners in
Dubai, Sydney, the United Kingdom, and Italy. The team used Bentley Structural
so that optimized design data could be exchanged quickly and efficiently
without continual manual remodeling. Using Steel Detailing Neutral Format
(SDNF) exports allowed the team to rapidly exchange steelwork models with
the steel contractor and to continue the detailing process without reworking.
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Talywain, United Kingdom
the goal of this project was to reclaim a large brownfield site in the eastern
South Wales valleys near Abersychan, Gwent. The site landform and
surrounding area has been substantially changed over time by industrial
activity, mineral working, and tipping. In the late 1800s the British Iron Works
occupied the central site area.
The site is being developed for 700 residential units, retail, and commercial
use for the local community of about 3,000. Led by Arup, the project team
used InRoads to scan maps, sketches, and archived maps from the 19th
century as well as to verify proposed surfaces. All volumes have been made
on a virtual 3D model, which allows for improved efficiency and quality and
enables Arup to be more competitive.