18 Oct 2018
Design development process can be very time-consuming, and should the design have to be changed mid-stream, the entire procedure may need to be restarted from scratch. Atkins have developed a portfolio of automated design tools which significantly improves efficiency and make schemes-wide options assessment and value engineering at project inception a reality. They have investigated techniques and workflows for an Algorithmic Design approach to linear structures (including tunnels, earthworks and retaining walls). Atkins set up a system to automate the decision-making process regarding whether a retaining wall is required, as well as what the most appropriate type, position, and geometry would be. They have also created a system to automatically create the wall's 3D geometry in Civil 3D and to assign property sets with key metadata. This solution provided not only automated outputs, but provided extensive BIM analytical data that resulted in a step-change for value engineering and assessment of options during initial stages of a project. Atkins has identified the right balance between software development and added value. They have established a portfolio of design options, which can be prioritised and automatically applied to a whole scheme alignment. Atkins is now applying this technology to live infrastructure projects.