COMMUNICATING THROUGH VISUALIZATION
Traffic Planning and Design, Inc.
Manatawny Creek Bridge Replacement
Crossing Manatawny Creek in Pottstown, Pa., the Manatawny Creek Bridge
will replace two existing structures with a structure that meets current design
requirements for vehicular loading as well as provides an aesthetically pleasing
bridge that fits in with the borough’s revitalization plans. The project team
developed a visualization of what the new bridge would look like and how it
would fulfill both aesthetic and traffic (vehicular and pedestrian) demands.
InRoads and MicroStation rendering tools were invaluable in the creation of a
3D model that presented the borough and the community with an accurate and
life-like view of the existing and proposed bridges. The visualization alleviated
community concerns and minimized opposition, thus avoiding project delays
and helping PennDOT advance the project from preliminary design to the
final design phase.
USACE Chicago District
Chicago Shoreline Storm Damage Reduction
Chicago, Illinois, United States
This USACE project in Illinois protects Chicago’s shoreline park lands and
infrastructure from flooding and erosion while preserving a major transportation
artery. One design concept supported by the community incorporated planter
boxes at the end of the revetment, but the design team was concerned that the
placement of the boxes that would impede traffic flow and impact the structural
integrity of the pier.
The design team proposed replacing planter boxes with a retaining structure
and ramp supported by spread footings. To show the community how the
improved design would look once constructed, a rendering was developed using
MicroStation and InRoads. Bentley provided the necessary tools to develop a
visualization that could be understood without having to interpret 2D drawings.