• Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd.

    Main Channel Road Project of Ningbo-Zhoushan Port (Zhoudai Bridge)

    Zhoushan, Zhejiang, China

Project Summary

    • Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd. and China State Construction Bridge Co., Ltd_1
The 27.9-kilometer main channel road of the Ningbo-Zhoushan Port is part of a CNY 16.8 billion marine infrastructure project in China’s eastern city of Zhoushan to improve transportation and promote rapid development of the regional economy. Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology is responsible for implementing BIM processes and China State Construction Bridge is responsible for construction. Faced with structural and technical complexities on a short construction schedule, amid extreme weather conditions and site constraints, the organizations required integrated 3D BIM design and construction analysis technology to deliver this large-scale offshore construction project.

The companies formed a professional team to carry out a BIM methodology using Bentley modeling and management applications. Using OpenBuildings Designer, MicroStation, Navigator, and Bentley’s civil and structural analysis applications, the team created a 3D model and performed collision analysis and construction simulation. Reality modeling technology was used for construction verification to ensure accuracy, while ProjectWise provided the collaborative management platform facilitating dynamic real-time communication among all project participants. Bentley’s integrated digital solution established a comprehensive 3D BIM strategy, driving intelligent construction for what is set to be the world’s largest deep-sea spanning bridge project.

Bentley BIM technology resolved 120 drawing problems and 624 collisions prior to construction. Using Navigator and MOSES for construction simulation optimized the construction plan, saving nearly CNY 5 million in costs and accelerating construction progress by 10%. Bentley’s interoperable modeling and analysis applications improved design reliability, eliminating safety risks and promoting quality construction. The software’s visualization features streamlined construction processes, optimizing scheduling and planning to increase construction efficiency by 20 percent. Having a 3D collaborative BIM model and working in an open, connected data environment dramatically reduced paper resources and meeting times.

The BIM team used OpenBuildings Designer and MicroStation to create a fundamental 3D model of the project. OpenBridge Modeler was used to model the bridges while SACS was instrumental in performing structural analysis to ensure the infrastructure could withstand the extreme weather and geological conditions in the offshore environment. ProStructures facilitated design and reinforcement of concrete structures enabling the team to achieve zero rework cutting the prefabricated reinforcing steel bar. Using LumenRT to render animated visualizations of the 3D model enhanced communication of deliverables to the project owner. ProjectWise established a connected digital 3D BIM environment to optimize information sharing and increase productivity.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, gINT, LumenRT, MicroStation, MOSES, Navigator, OpenBridge Modeler, OpenRoads, Pointools, ProjectWise, ProStructures, SACS
  • Using Bentley technology to implement a 3D BIM design and construction management strategy helped overcome significant geological and technical complexities constructing the world-class Ningbo-Zhoushan offshore channel road.
  • Bentley’s interoperable BIM applications optimized construction, improving construction quality by 20% and accelerating project delivery while reducing costs by 15%.
  • The integrated software solution facilitated modeling, analysis, simulation, and collaboration to drive intelligent construction.
  • Upon completion the project will save more than one hour driving from Ningbo to Zhoushan and create the world’s longest connecting island expressway.
  • “Bentley’s software engineering construction solution enables us to simulate multiple construction schemes for key nodes, select better schemes among them, and find and resolve unfavorable factors in advance that may arise from construction. Additionally, such solutions optimize the construction process, improve construction efficiency, achieve efficient collaboration and high information integration through the model-based work mode, and offer an effective approach to solving problems for project participants.”

    Xiaoyu Ma General Manager Tianjin Tianhe-Cloud Building Engineering Technology Co., Ltd.