INNOVATION IN ROADS
Traversing mountainous terrain to connect 13 villages in Karnataka, India,
the existing 63-kilometer, single-lane road had substandard alignment and
severely deteriorated pavement. The goal for this $35 million project was to
derive tangible economic benefits through travel time reduction, road safety
enhancement, and vehicle operating cost savings.
Given the constraints posed by the steep terrain, the alignment design was
the single most onerous task, involving several refinements using MXROAD.
Determining the optimal road centerline was also crucial, given the multiple
switchbacks. The MXROAD 3D modeling tools enabled rapid and accurate
alignment design, making it possible to quickly achieve the best fit.
Tauw Group bv
Based in the Netherlands, Tauw is an independent European consulting and
engineering company specializing in the design, improvement, and management
of the natural environment, built-up environment, and infrastructure. Noting a
lack of skilled professionals with MXROAD capabilities among its workforce,
Tauw set up the Country Kit to enable experienced team members to move
among offices and projects.
The Country Kit regulates workflows, thereby minimizing start-up time for
new project teams and maximizing sustainability of workers across projects.
Designers can now focus on project results rather than how to get there. Using
the regulated workflows, project teams produce higher quality designs by
exploring more alternatives in less time. The firm has become more productive,
and the human resource management challenge has been overcome.