The A46 is a trunk road connecting the United Kingdom’s East and West
Midlands in Nottinghamshire. The 28-kilometer stretch between Widmerpool
and Newark is a single carriageway carrying more than 25,000 vehicles per day,
well in excess of its capacity. The hazardous road is being upgraded to a dual
two-lane carriageway at a cost of $572 million. URS/Scott Wilson provided
services for engineering design, statutory procedures, and environmental matters.
MXROAD also produced data for use by the GPS-guided earthworks moving
plant. This enabled fine-tuning of the earthworks and correction of a half-million-cubic-meter imbalance without loss of the fundamental engineering
aspects of the design. Using MXROAD enabled URS/Scott Wilson’s engineering
team to quickly revise and develop numerous design options over the course of
the project. The approach hastened the process in which design options were
reviewed, dismissed, and selected.
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MXROAD enabled the team to quickly evaluate alternative alignments,
junctions, side roads, and private access designs and routes for nonmotorized
users. It provided excellent designs and preserved the historical, environmental,
and archeological requirements of the project. URS/Scott Wilson’s team
combined data from the MXROAD model and aerial photography to generate
3D visualizations for engineers, contractors, and constituents. In total, the firm
generated 7,400 engineering deliverables for the client over a two-year span.