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The innovative use of BIM tools and cloud-based planning has drawn international attention to the 32-kilometre four-lane road section between Kløfta and Kongsvinger, Norway.
"This is really something! We have to take a lot into account when we plan a road. This section was particularly complex, so getting international recognition for our solutions being world-class is fantastic," says Landscape Architect and Head of BIM for Infrastructure at COWI, Marius Sekse.
For the last three years, the Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Awards have recognised the world's best solutions for planning roads. The award is to highlight projects that have found practical, cost-effective and inspiring solutions by means of the innovative use of new technology.
The project will receive the award for best visualisation work in Las Vegas in December.
The tool used in COWI is InfraWorks 360, a simple modelling and presentation tool from Autodesk. Based on available GIS data and terrain data from laser scanning, a visualisation model of the landscape and different road routes was easily created – a model that can be observed and assessed from different angles, including a digital drive along the road. To make the decision-making process even more straightforward, animated videos were produced and distributed to the media, landowners, local authorities, county governors etc.
This section of road includes five two-level crossings, three large bridges and 15-20 overpasses. In 2012, COWI won the Norwegian Public Roads Administration's biggest-ever single contract – the E16 from Nybakk to Slomarka.
To date, COWI has completed the initial planning programme and is now working on impact assessment and the development plan. The development plan will be completed in 2015 and completion is scheduled for 2019.
Marius SekseLandscape ArchitectTel: +47 990 00 688
In COWI's new visualisation, you can see how the choice of route depends on cultural landscape, infrastructure, structures, geology and flooding.
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In this 360 Talk from COWI, Marius Sekse explains more about the project and the use of Infraworks 360
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