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Tendering Technology
Winning contracts with streamlined planning, tighter bids and lower construction costs - Page 2 of 4

cwmags: Byron Watkins, survey data manager for Thiess (Head Office)In order to secure the project, Thiess was challenged to evaluate the constraints of the design and optimize it for construction. Thiess felt the team could effectively drive down construction costs and prepare the most competitive design/build scenario by using innovative 3D alignment planning software solutions.

Byron Watkins, survey data manager for Thiess (Head Office)

Byron Watkins, survey data manager for Thiess (Head Office), took on this challenge. One of his biggest concerns was a common one: "How do we explore a range of viable and cost-effective alignment alternatives to ultimately win the project, without over investing in time and resources during the bid process?"

Of course, the conventional way to analyse corridors and generate 3D alignments is to review contour maps of an area, create models along the chosen route, run profiles, and then fit an acceptable grade line to the profile.

Following that lengthy, involved process, designers must then run cross sections along the alignment to see what affect the selected side slope has on the route location and rerun the horizontal and vertical alignments to reflect those changes. It’s no secret that the process of filtering through small slope and elevation changes can be tedious and costly.

As a result, when submitting a contract proposal and in the planning stages of any project, the initial time and cost investment comes at a substantial risk.

“We are seeing a lot of feasibility studies coming in from clients, and we were looking for something that could give us quicker answers to providing different scenarios for alignments, set against any given set of constraints, in planning roads or new freight or passenger rail projects,” said Watkins.

Advanced software solution such as Quantm are deigned to be easy to learn, intuitive and to merge into your existing data programs. The results achieved can be significantAdvanced software solution such as Quantm are deigned to be easy to learn, intuitive and to merge into your existing data programs. The results achieved can be significant

Merging Route Planning and Site Positioning Technology

In this tight resources market, new advancements in technology are transforming how contractors bid, plan, and construct designs. GPS and positioning technology leaders, like Trimble, are expanding the scope of their products to meet the most urgent needs of contractors today: win projects and optimize the design for construction to actually make money on that job.

For example, Trimble’s technology, called the Trimble Quantm Alignment Planning System, allows teams to collaborate with stakeholders early in the planning process and to take into account a wide range of project constraints.

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