City of Saguenay
MicroStation Used to Manage the City of Saguenay
Saguenay, Quebec, Canada
60-70 St. Mary Axe
London, United Kingdom
Innovation in BUILDING
The City of Saguenay, Quebec, Canada, digitized all council building
plans, then linked data and graphics that the city will use in the
management of its real estate holdings. The CAN$ 500,000 project also
allowed the city to develop a contingency plan. The project helped lower
maintenance costs by enabling the city to perform planned intervention
rather than emergency intervention.
Architecture students, trained on Bentley applications, produced the
building plans over a four-year period. The City of Saguenay used a ground
survey to create a layout in Bentley Descartes, and all city buildings were
numbered. The team used MicroStation to draft plans and connect to the
database. All city departments have access to the plans online, helping to
ensure that the city’s assets do not fall into disrepair.
The GBP 100 million skyscraper set amid London’s iconic buildings earned
the nickname “Can of Ham” because of its distinctive elliptical silhouette.
The structure will offer 29,000 square meters for development on 24
levels and encompass an entire city block. TH Real Estate retained Foggo
Associates as architects, structural engineers, and services engineers.
Design requirements included environmental sustainability, energy
efficiency, and context sensitivity.
The office building has a steel superstructure with composite concrete
floor slabs and concrete slip-form core, and a reinforced concrete
substructure. Two to three months were saved on the design by using
RAM Structural System for load analysis and column, beam, slab, and
core design; STAAD.Pro for load takedown verification and designing the
upper-level steel members; and RAM Concept for designing the piled-raft