US Army Corps of Engineers Rock Island Lock and Dam Project
January – June 2009
The US Army Corps of Engineers (USACE), Rock Island District enlisted the assistance of Virtual Building Logistics (VBL) to utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the Rock Island Lock and Dam project. BIM Services was utilized to increase productivity and reduce waste. This project enhanced and updated the USACE’s 3D Miter Gate models with additional attributes while developing a simpler process for the creation of future 3D Miter Gate models. The project had been shelved for nearly four years.
Bentley Systems subcontracted VBL to complete the modeling on the shelved project and develop the plans directly from the BIM model. VBL also provided on-site support for USACE utilizing Bentley Structural V8 XM software to complete and standardize a significant portion of the 3D Lock and Dam models. USACE’s existing 3D Miter Gate models were outdated so the initial task was to ascertain the condition of the existing 3D models. VBL examined these models to identify what could be used to create the new 3D models.
After completing the evaluation, it was discovered that a large part of the 3D model would need to be redone. Additional information needed to be created to include information that was necessary for fabrication. It was also necessary to standardize the 3D model so that two additional sizes of miter gates could be created from the base 3D model.
Upon completion of the project, Virtual Building Logistics provided training to the Design Team. VBL reviewed the three sizes of miter gate models and instructed the team on how to extract data embedded in the model.
VBL received a Letter of Commendation from the US Army Corps of Engineers expressing their gratitude for the work performed on the project.
US Army Corps of Engineers, Bentley Systems
Letter of Commendation from the US Army Corps of Engineers
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