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Streamlining Design and Construction With GIS and BIM

Webinar With Cameron Schaefer Addresses Latest Modeling Workflows and Innovations

Cameron Schaefer
Cameron Schaefer

Across North America, designers and contractors are taking advantage of new modeling workflows and technology to improve the design and planning of transportation projects. Enhanced interoperability of geographic information systems allows multiple BIM models to be combined with additional project data, streamlining the decision process. And a better understanding of field conditions leads to more accurate, more efficient designs.

Cameron Schaefer, HDR’s transportation data acquisition and reality mesh director, shared how these innovations in GIS are making a difference on projects such as the Ontario Line Subway in Toronto in a recent webinar presented by Engineering News-Record. A design technology leader and innovator, Schaefer incorporates the latest data acquisition, reality mesh and building information modeling methods into the workflows of some of HDR’s largest mega projects.

The ongoing Ontario Line project already includes nearly 100 design models and is expected to eventually contain more than 250. Schaefer explained how GIS online services are used to compile this project data into one federated model synchronized to the project’s design hub. Altogether the information reflects more than 15 billion points of point cloud data, 20 square kilometers of photo-realistic reality mesh and GIS data. The result is better communication among the project team and between the team, stakeholders and clients.

Learn more in the webinar, GIS and BIM: Sharing Mapping Data for Construction, which was presented June 23, 2021,  and is now available on demand. There is no cost.