TheGoing Digital Awards in Infrastructure, formerly known as the The Year in Infrastructure Awards, is an exciting and well-regarded global competition that recognizes digital advancements in infrastructure. These awards are an integral part of the Year in Infrastructure Conference, which brings together infrastructure professionals and members of the media from around the globe to share innovative practices in infrastructure project design, engineering, construction, and operations. Nominating your project provides great recognition, exciting rewards, and unique opportunities to network and promote your organization! All finalists will present their projects at the Year in Infrastructure 2022 Conference.
Originally built in 1938, the existing East 138th Street Bridge is being replaced to eliminate vertical clearance issues and optimize vehicle and pedestrian traffic demands. NYSDOT wanted to use a digital twin as the primary construction document. Located in a heavily congested area, the team needed to create the construction sequencing plan and accommodate existing utilities, compounded by COVID-19. They needed a hybrid modeling approach to generate a digital twin of the complex superstructure and pedestrian components.
Already familiar with Bentley applications, they used OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads Designer, and ProSteel to generate an accurate 3D model. iTwin Design Review provided a central platform for over 180 reviewers. Bentley’s integrated technology helped identify and resolve costly issues prior to construction. SYNCHRO 4D facilitated visual, dynamic construction sequencing and traffic control planning for better project coordination. The digital twin is a tool for asset management and bridge inspection.
Location: Whatcom County, Washington, United States of America
After the overtopping of the dam in Oroville, California, Seattle City Light initiated major safety reviews of its six dams, including Diablo Dam on the Skagit River. To improve survey safety and efficiency, as well as minimize risks inspecting the 160-foot-high dam amid a global pandemic, HDR’s team was asked to provide aerial drone services to supplement physical inspections. They wanted to use the captured data to create a digital twin model of the structure.
They selected ContextCapture and the Bentley iTwin platform to create a digital twin, accurate within two centimeters, from over 82 million survey points. The team could merge architecture, engineering, and construction data with artificial intelligence across the lifecycle of the structure, identifying current and future maintenance and repair needs to ensure safety. The digital twin provides a single reference point for the owner to understand the structure and reduces project costs, while increasing surveyor safety and facilitating decision-making.
The Jiangsu Longteng special steel 60-megawatt project is the world’s first ultra-high-pressure, subcritical gas generator set with the smallest installed capacity. Capital Engineering & Research Corporation undertook design and construction and faced technical and coordination challenges compounded by a short timeline and limited space. To prevent clashes and simultaneously construct the physical factory and its digital twin, they needed to use open modeling applications in a connected data environment.
They used Bentley applications to establish a collaborative design platform, reducing design errors, and perform construction simulation, optimizing construction. With Bentley’s openness, they built a digital model of the entire factory with an engineering data center to achieve digital delivery based on full lifecycle information, establishing the foundation for intelligent plant operations. They reduced the cost of steel while also reducing gas emissions by 1.4 million cubic meters.