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Three-level interchange designed with Navisworks software.

Three-level interchange designed with Navisworks software.

Autodesk software used to design Doha Expressway

July 2015

Hyder Consulting, which has been commissioned by Qatar’s Public Works Authority (Ashghal) to design and supervise a new six-lane expressway project in Doha, said it used intelligent 3D modelling and Autodesk software to overcome complex design challenges.

The project, part of Qatar’s extensive Expressway Programme, employed software such as Autodesk AutoCAD Civil 3D, Autodesk Navisworks, and Autodesk 3ds Max to configure the expressway, associated structures, and utilities within extremely narrow corridors. The project features some of the narrowest road corridors – some of which are just 40 m wide – in order to minimise additional land taking.

The London-based multinational design and engineering consultancy said the effective use of model-based design, analysis, simulation, and visualisation helped it overcome complex design challenges, leading to a more efficient use of resources, and resulting in more rapid and informed decision-making.

In association with BIM service provider Hochtief ViCon, Hyder said it is using Autodesk Navisworks Manage to help improve the efficiency and global collaboration of design teams across three continents.

Navisworks software is helping the design teams identify and locate clashes, and determine the disciplines involved.

During detailed design, the Navisworks model will be linked with the construction schedule for 4D construction simulation, planning, and sequencing.

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