MWH Global Earns Autodesk BIM Experience Award for Work on Historic
SAN RAFAEL, Calif., Nov 08, 2011 (BUSINESS WIRE) --
Inc. (NASDAQ:ADSK), a leader in 3D design, engineering and
entertainment software, announced that MWH
Global, a leader in wet infrastructure projects and programs,
including water, hydropower and civil infrastructure, has been selected
to receive an Autodesk
BIM Experience Award. The firm is being honored for using a Building
Information Modeling (BIM) process, together with Autodesk BIM
software, to help design the Third Set of Locks project for the Panama
Canal, intended to double the canal's shipping traffic capacity.
The award specifically recognizes MWH Global for the exemplary use of a
BIM process to:
Improve the quality of design for the Third Set of Locks
project of the Panama Canal
Increase productivity and profitability by efficiently managing design
Facilitate communication with clients and builders through
"The use of intelligent 3D models on the Third Set of Locks
project has brought significant benefit to the design-build delivery
team," said Nick Pansic, deputy design engineer for MWH Global. "These
tools have enabled a diverse team of engineers -- located in five widely
dispersed design offices around the world -- to collaborate efficiently,
helping them to resolve design conflicts prior to construction and
keeping project design and construction documentation better
Expanding the Panama Canal
Completed in 1914, the Panama Canal currently handles approximately five
percent of the global shipping trade. The purpose of the expansion
project, including the Third Set of Locks, is to make it possible
for the canal to accommodate today's larger ships, referred to as
"Post-Panamax" ships. The Third Set of Locks project includes two
massive lock facilities - one on the Atlantic side and another on the
Pacific - each with three chambers. Innovative design elements include
water basins that save and reuse 60 percent of the fresh water used in
the lock system and state-of-the-art seismic analysis. New excavation
began in 2009, and the project is scheduled for completion in 2014,
coinciding with the 100th anniversary of the opening of the original
In 2009, the Panama Canal Authority awarded the $3.12 billion contract
for the Third Set of Locks project to Grupo
Unidos por el Canal (GUPC). MWH Global is leading the design team's
joint venture called CICP
Consultores Internacionales LLC (CICP), and is one of only two U.S.
firms in the consortium.
To help meet the challenges of the project, MWH Global used a BIM
process and Autodesk BIM solutions to address the following tasks:
3ds Max Design software is being used for conceptual and detailed
design and was used to produce design visualizations to help the
client understand several design options.
Revit Architecture, Autodesk
Revit Structure and Autodesk
Revit MEP software is being used for detailed design of the
canal's new lock structures, buildings, control towers and a multitude
of supporting facilities.
Civil 3D software is helping create more efficient and accurate
Navisworks Manage software is being used for improved
multidiscipline coordination and collaboration, helping resolve design
conflicts prior to construction, increasing the quality of the project
and helping to prevent costly field changes.
Electrical software is being used by the electrical subcontractor
to MWH Global for the electrical schematics and panel layouts.
For project handover to the Panama Canal Authority, the team is
capitalizing on its use of a BIM workflow to capture asset information
such as equipment identification tags for inclusion in an operations
manual incorporating project models and data.
"MWH Global's exemplary work on the Panama Canal demonstrates how
Autodesk's comprehensive portfolio of BIM for infrastructure solutions
helps civil engineers and designers take advantage of the rich
information in intelligent models to improve the way they plan, design,
build and manage projects," said Jay Bhatt, senior vice president,
Architecture, Engineering and Construction Solutions, Autodesk. "We're
proud to see our software playing a critical role in the success of this
important infrastructure project."
Autodesk Consulting assisted MWH Global in its transition from a
predominantly 2D workflow to the use of intelligent 3D model-based
processes for the Panama Canal Expansion project. Autodesk Consulting
also provided MWH Global with initial product implementation and
training services, and continues to provide product support and
About Autodesk BIM Solutions
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-based
process that provides insight for creating and managing building and
infrastructure projects faster, more economically and with less
environmental impact. Autodesk BIM solutions for building and
infrastructure lifecycles are based on intelligent models created with
Autodesk Revit software products and AutoCAD Civil 3D software. Helping
to expand the benefits of BIM is a powerful set of complementary
solutions for visualizing and simulating projects virtually,
documentation and professional drafting, and data management and
Building Design Suite and Autodesk
Infrastructure Design Suite offer comprehensive sets of tools to
support BIM workflows in single, cost-effective packages.
About MWH Global
MWH Global provides strategic management, technical engineering, and
construction services for wet infrastructure projects. The wet
infrastructure sector encompasses a full range of water-related projects
and programs, including water supply, treatment and storage, water
resources management, hydropower and renewable energy, and natural
resources. With more than 7,000 employees on six continents, the firm
provides solutions to some of the most challenging infrastructure
challenges in the world. Founded in 1844, MWH Global is headquartered in
Broomfield, Colorado, with operations in North and South America, Asia
Pacific, Europe, Africa and the Middle East.
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