Case Study: Using Dynamite VSP to Exploit a Growing Demand for High Quality Civil Visualization



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South African company GESS – Graphical Engineering Solutions and Services (Pty) Ltd – might initially look like any other conventional small civil engineering consultancy. However, a closer look reveals a very different kind of animal – highly specialized, focused and with an interesting and highly unique business model.

Founded in 2001, the company targets the built environment market with a very clear objective. GESS aims to exploit their graphic engineering solutions and services in order to add value for their clients – infrastructure owners, civil engineering consultants and designers.

The company has four main offerings. First and foremost, they operate as engineering IT specialists. They are also resellers of professional engineering design software offering sales, training and technical support to a growing client-base of more than 100 customers across sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, they are highly skilled engineering consultants in their own right, and back this up with additional technical support and training.

The company has four main offerings. First and foremost, they operate as engineering IT specialists. They are also resellers of professional engineering design software offering sales, training and technical support to a growing client-base of more than 100 customers across sub-Saharan Africa. In addition, they are highly skilled engineering consultants in their own right, and back this up with additional technical support and training.

Since the introduction of visualization services at GESS, their clients have been quick to realize the potential of the company’s offerings – and a look at GESS’s list of visualization projects and clients bears this out. These include the Gauteng Province Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works; the National Department of Water Affairs and Forestry, Gautrain; Kumba Resources and schemes such as the De Hoop dam and road realignment; the Luanda Waterfront Rehabilitation scheme; and the K90 interchange at Johannesburg International Airport.

GESS understands the importance of synchronizing the visualization with design changes as the scheme develops, and the overall significance of achieving these objectives in the most cost-productive way possible.

When applications engineer, Mark Parkinson joined the company from New Zealand in 2004 he immediately saw the potential of visualization package Dynamite VSP. Compared with the other systems available, it offered exactly the tools and utilities that GESS needed, and featured strong integration with many other software packages that they already used.

Dynamite VSP is developed exclusively by 3am Solutions, who specialize in high-end Autodesk VIZ and 3ds Max based visualization solutions for the civil engineering industry. The package is tailored to the needs of professionals working in this field and has been specifically designed to integrate with many leading civil design, survey, and CAD systems.

Dynamite VSP is developed exclusively by 3am Solutions, who specialize in high-end Autodesk VIZ and 3ds Max based visualization solutions for the civil engineering industry. The package is tailored to the needs of professionals working in this field and has been specifically designed to integrate with many leading civil design, survey, and CAD systems.

Mark illustrates just how Dynamite VSP has been put to use on the visualization of the K90/K157 motorway interchange at Johannesburg International Airport.

“The design of the K90 interchange was undertaken as part of a larger project to investigate the possible use of digital media and new technologies in the development, reporting and management of preliminary designs for the Gauteng Province Department of Public Transport, Roads and Works. The K90 interchange is particularly significant as it will support the development of a new industrial zone to the east of Johannesburg International Airport.

“This was our first Dynamite VSP project and we really benefited from the software’s ease of use. It was so intuitive that we were up and running producing high quality results almost from day one because it uses familiar terminology and engineering rationale. “

“We also have specific road marking and road feature requirements in South Africa and creating these in Dynamite VSP has been a breeze. This means that we can now work with our own customized library of objects such as bridge barriers and sign gantries, which adds that extra ‘local’ touch. This has proved very important when showing visualizations to clients, planning authorities and the public. “

“The automatic synchronization with our design data also saved us a huge amount of work as we didn’t have to rework any of the visualization when the model was changed. Add to that the time-savings we achieved using its in-built automation, and the ease of data transfer with the number of different packages used, and there is no doubt in our minds that Dynamite VSP was the right choice for the job.”

“The automatic synchronization with our design data also saved us a huge amount of work as we didn’t have to rework any of the visualization when the model was changed. Add to that the time-savings we achieved using its in-built automation, and the ease of data transfer with the number of different packages used, and there is no doubt in our minds that Dynamite VSP was the right choice for the job.”

Because of the nature of the project the timescales were very compressed – GESS had only two weeks to complete the project. These time pressures meant that it was especially important that much of the visualization process was automated. That’s where Dynamite VSP’s unique feature interpretation system really proved its worth. It’s one of Dynamite VSP’s most powerful utilities and meant that more than 330 vehicles, 1300 car parking bays, 500 road markings (with 10 different marking styles), 250 lane markings (in 14 styles), 80 traffic signals, 400 specifically located lights of five types, hundreds of concrete bollards, twelve bus stops and 1000 individual trees could be added into the visualization model with a few key presses. These items were even tailored to local Angolan standards.

The final visualization of the waterfront was presented in interactive video form to Baía de Luanda PMG SA to seek approval to proceed to the implementation stage. As a result of this, permission to proceed was granted in April 2006 and the project was scheduled to go to tender in March 2007.

GESS has received extremely positive feedback from many of its clients, including Vela VKE Engineering Consultants. Neil Slingers, project manager at Vela VKE, had this to say about an earlier visualization project, and specifically about Provincial Administration Administration of the Western Cape Department of Roads’ decision on the construction of cycle lanes: “On seeing the visual effects of the proposed cycle lanes, the client decided to have a cheaper, combined walkway/cycle path completely separate from the road; one could argue that the visualization assisted the client to make more informed decisions as well as savings on construction costs.”

Administration of the Western Cape Department of Roads’ decision on the construction of cycle lanes: “On seeing the visual effects of the proposed cycle lanes, the client decided to have a cheaper, combined walkway/cycle path completely separate from the road; one could argue that the visualization assisted the client to make more informed decisions as well as savings on construction costs.”

 

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