Arup, Australia

In preparation for the Sydney Light Rail System expansion, a team of 8 engineers at Arup were tasked with manual 3D clash detection of underground utilities affecting the route.

Using FME Desktop, they created a workflow that integrated existing data from GIS and CAD sources, and used pre-built FME tools to build custom formats for the integration of survey & design data from 12d solutions (12da and 4d). The automated data transformation process outputs clash detection to both a 3D solids model and a web interface.

Using FME not only saved time, but utilities assets owners were so pleased with the high quality output that they requested the enhanced data to improve their own internal systems.

Arup is an independent global practice, offering services for all aspects of the built environment. The firm is responsible for the innovative engineering of world-renowned projects such as the Sydney Opera House, the Øresund Link between Denmark and Sweden, and the Beijing Olympic venues.

“FME really helped to reduce the manual workloads significantly, allowing engineers to focus on other elements of design.” -- Richard Bartholomew, Arup