Before CIFE researchers were involved with the project, Arup had completed 39 design cycles on this stadium roof project. The project team implemented the computational design optimization (CDO) method. As a result, Arup was able to reduce the total steel weight of the roof structure from 2,828 tons to 2,292 tons, resulting in a cost savings of about $2 million. The CDO method represents a significant advancement in the area of design automation on the Fiatech Capital Projects Technology Roadmap. By reducing design cycle latency by orders of magnitude compared to traditional design processes, CDO radically alters how project teams collaborate. As a result, engineers and contractors can provide accurate performance feedback earlier in the design, helping teams develop innovative solutions.
GSA developed and implemented automated BIM-based circulation validation to evaluate the design of Federal courthouses with respect to security and occupant movement requirements. Automated circulation validation analyzes human movement under various spatial configurations and conditions. It allows for highly efficient and accurate assessments and enhanced quality design. GSA has successfully implemented the analysis on three new courthouse projects, ranging from 33,000 to more than 390,000 gross square feet. The analysis has provided early and valuable design feedback to project teams. The results have reduced potential design problems later in the project life cycle.
Target Corporation, through the FIATECH Streamlining Project, initiated a national campaign to advance electronic plan review of building design packages and single plan reviews by jurisdictions of replicable buildings. This effort involved establishing within FIATECH Roadmap Element 6's Streamlining Project a work committee comprised of 32 representatives from Home Depot, Marriott, Arby's, and Habitat for Humanity, state and local governments, and the International Code Council. Their mission was to draft an ICC guideline that allows local building officials to approve single plan reviews for such structures built within their region. The ICC accepted the draft guideline and later approved a final guideline for distribution to ICC members for national adoption and use in early 2010.
Alliance Engineering's impressive portfolio of projects includes some of the world's largest and most visible onshore, deep offshore, and floating production, storage and offloading projects. One example is the ConocoPhillips Magnolia TLP Project, the world's deepest TLP at the time of installation (August 2004; 4,744 foot depth). Alliance responsibilities included conceptual and detailed engineering and design, procurement, and fabrication and construction support. Alliance was also responsible for equipment layouts, piping design, stress analysis, piping isometrics, construction drawings, safety and materials handling, and operability (HAZOP) analysis.
Quantapoint Laser Models integrate laser scan data to provide detailed, high-definition solid "models." They are 3D, visually clear, and include fine details, unlike "point cloud" laser scan technology. Laser Models provide more detailed information for more complete designs.
Kristen Parrish and John-Michael Wong, two UC-Berkeley grad students, are developing an innovative methodology for designing reinforced concrete structures using a set-based approach. Using the theoretical development of set-based concepts applied to rebar design, the researchers are studying several projects to capture current practices to test and advance these concepts.