INNOVATION IN BRIDGES
The Boulevard of the Allies is a major artery into Oakland, a neighborhood in
Pittsburgh, Pa., that boasts two major universities: the University of Pittsburgh
and Carnegie Mellon. This $29 million project replaced the mainline bridge and
southbound off-ramp bridge with new structures, and replaced and relocated the
northbound on-ramp bridge with a new ramp from Fifth Avenue to the Boulevard.
Wilbur Smith Associates rightsized the project at the request of the client to
reduce construction and future maintenance costs. The project team created
construction drawings and 3D renderings so when it was necessary to make
major revisions to the drawings for cost purposes, MicroStation enabled fast
revision to the CAD files. Reconstructing the alignment files with InRoads also
saved time and money.
2009 BE INSPIRED AWARDS
We have experienced a number of benefits of using Bentley 3D building information
modeling software, including the ability to design in an integrated, multidisciplinary
environment; easily explore an array of design options; make better-informed
design decisions; and predict costs and performance.
Ken Enright, Arup
2009 Be Inspired Award Finalist
Innovation in Bridges