Mott MacDonald Bentley (MMB) has been involved in more than 500 water industry design and construction projects. ProjectWise and OpenPlant introduced rigor into the management of BIM project information to improve the flow of information through all stages of the projects, which has helped MMB improve compliance within its own stringent IMS system as well as exceed client expectations. The adoption of a BIM methodology also greatly contributed to the consult’s ability to grow double in size in a just over two years.
MMB’s use of Mott MacDonald’s common data environment takes advantage of the expertise and availability of Mott MacDonald’s project teams by adopting a standardized approach. Using ProjectWise to establish a “Common Way of Working” allows for the rapid deployment of predefined templates to projects anywhere around the globe, which greatly reduces project startup time. The interoperability of OpenPlant PID provides a means for capturing information at both the design and commission phase, and provides a single source for asset data.
This USD 500 million project in Aurora, Colorado, consisted of the design and construction of 10.5 miles of new light rail transit, including interstate highway and local roadway improvements, new drainage infrastructure, eight light rail stations, seven bridges, three river crossings, and associated utility relocations. As the lead consultant, AECOM provided a team of design professionals from 13 offices nationwide plus 18 sub consultants.
The aggressive schedule allowed only 48 months from Notice to Proceed to revenue service. This project could not have been completed in the time frame without CulvertMaster, FlowMaster, InRoads, LEAP Bridge, MicroStation, ProjectWise, and STAAD.Pro. The total labor savings for design was 8,546 hours. Because MicroStation is compatible with AutoCAD, the team avoided lengthy file conversions and reduced training by 800 resource hours.
In this multi-year project, Black & Veatch transformed the company’s methodology for designing, constructing, and delivering projects in the power and oil and gas market sectors. The endeavor migrated a proprietary plant design system, evaluated current procedures across disciplines and deliverables, trained staff members, and delivered the new methodology on a global scale across 10 design centers and 11 support offices in North America and Asia.
In select market sectors, Black & Veatch is now standardized on Bentley technology. The organization can more readily flow data between project phases, from conceptual design through detailed design and estimating to construction and turnover. Using Bentley’s design and collaboration tools and a common data environment reduces errors and improves efficiency across the board, which can potentially save thousands of resource hours per project.