• Anil Verma Associates, Inc.

    Regional Connector Transit Corridor (RCTC)

    Los Angeles, California, United States

Project Summary

Project
Anil Verma Associates, Inc. (AVA) is the architect for the Regional Connector Transit Corridor (RCTC), conducting architectural design and assisting with civil engineering design on three underground railway stations and their plazas in downtown Los Angeles. This USD 1.7 billion project is a continuation of the Long Beach – Los Angeles Blue Line Transit System from the 7th and Flower Street Metro Red and Blue Line intermodal station to Union Station. The organization was challenged to design all three underground stations and to ensure that the aesthetics fit within the urban infrastructure of the surrounding communities. AVA was required to communicate with a multitude of designers, construction contractors, and subconsultants, as well as their client, the Los Angeles County Metro Transportation Authority (LACMTA), on this large-scale project.

Solution
During the bidding stage, AVA completely changed the client’s originally developed design concepts for all three underground railway stations. Bentley’s 3D modeling software enabled AVA to conceive, design, iterate, and construct this infrastructure digitally. Digital simulation offered instantaneous visualization of all the facilities and the adjacent communities during planning and design of the railway project. The organization consolidated the functional space of the three stations to achieve area efficiencies in their redesign. As a result, more optimized design concepts were developed, substantially reducing costs due to well-organized station footprints.

Outcome
The design team realized cost-effective design concepts and supreme quality control because of the 3D modeling applications, which enhanced the visualization of the project. The 3D modeling software enabled continual review of design modifications via renderings, and acceptance of alterations in real time helped AVA keep the project on schedule and within budget. This project makes downtown Los Angeles more accessible, making it a more desirable place to live. Furthermore, the extension of the rail transit network reduces vehicles on the roadways, diminishing transportation costs and fuel-related emissions.

Software
Utilizing MicroStation and BIM software kept the project on schedule. AVA viewed composite 3D models through iModels, which were created from files generated by MicroStation and OpenBuildings Designer. MicroStation was used to read the .dgn files created by the railway designers as well as the .dwg files created by the building subconsultants. Then, clash detection and visualization were conducted from the composite model on ProjectWise, which served as the project’s connected data environment. The iModels will be used to exchange information about the infrastructure assets throughout the railway’s lifecycle.

Project Playbook: OpenBuildings Designer, MicroStation, ProjectWise
Outcome/Facts
  • AVA conceived, designed, iterated, and constructed the station infrastructure digitally with Bentley’s 3D modeling software.
  • ProjectWise allowed AVA to collaborate with all relevant stakeholders, most of whom were already trained and licensed to work with the application.
  • Bentley’s 3D modeling software enabled continual review of design modifications, and real-time acceptance of all changes kept the project on schedule and within budget.
Quote:
  • “This multibillion regional connector project is uniquely complex with multiple technical and public interfaces. … Tracking and resolving issues is a Herculean task, and ProjectWise provided the tool to coordinate with millions of documents to give more than 400 users the real-time, controlled information on which to base confident judgment and take accurate action.”

    Anil Verma FAIA Anil Verma Associates, Inc.