Marconiplein is a transportation hub in Rotterdam, Netherlands, where
several tram lines converge. Ongoing roadwork was creating problems with
the overhead line system. When individual repairs and improvements failed
to resolve the difficulties, GA Energieanlagenbau Süd initiated a project to
optimize the system. Laser scanning produced a point cloud that was vectorized
using the company’s GA-wire software application.
A 3D model was then created using MicroStation, which enabled a detailed
analysis of the track and catenary geometry. Weaknesses in the system
were identified, and an optimal design solution was proposed. MicroStation
and Google Earth were used to create a visualization of how Marconiplein
square would look once the redesigned plant was put into operation. The
$100,000 project successfully optimized the overhead contact system
Kimley-Horn & Associates, Inc.
SR 143 Sky Harbor Interchange
Phoenix, Arizona, United States
The $30 million SR 143 Sky Harbor Interchange project in Phoenix, Ariz.,
encompasses construction of three direct connection ramps. The goal was to
improve the ease of access to the Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport—
with minimum traffic impacts—while blending the landscaping, structural
elevations, and roadway features with the area’s historic aesthetics.
Using MicroStation and InRoads, the project team members created 3D PDFs
to evaluate the various aesthetic options and ensure that what they visualized
would accurately represent the finished construction. The team leveraged
MicroStation to update aesthetic aspects on the fly, saving significant time and
allowing the flexibility of all team members to provide input.