• Ala Abdulhadi & Khalifa Hawas Consulting Engineering Company

    Reality Modeling for Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah

    Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Madinah, Saudi Arabia

Project Summary

Project

Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah, Saudi Arabia is the second-holiest city for over 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide. Each year, pilgrimages visit the city’s three prominent mosques and other areas of religious and historical significance. The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants to accommodate more pilgrimages by increasing the number of people who visit the city annually from 8 million to 30 million by 2030. The plan includes building museums and planning routes to historical, cultural, and tourist sites. Ala Abdulhadi & Khalifa Hawas Consulting Engineering Company (AHCEC) was tasked with designing the plan, which also included expanding transportation systems and hospitality facilities while preserving historical sites.

Solution

AHCEC established a reality model for planning and designing the infrastructure to accommodate the additional pilgrims. The model covered 55 square kilometers of the central region in Madinah, as well as 7,104 kilometers of streets. AHCEC also used a 3D mapping solution to manage the large amounts of mobile mapping data. The reality model was used to conduct multidiscipline site planning and design, providing a base model for future projects. The team also used the model to conduct a feasibility study for a 3-kilometer walkway between two important mosques. The model helped AHCEC conduct shade analyses, ensuring maximum walking comfort both at the mosques and to the surrounding facilities.

Outcome

AHCEC’s reality model has helped complete the project 15 months ahead of schedule while still creating a design that facilitates more pilgrim’s access to Al-Madinah. The team used ContextCapture to complete the objective in nine months, saving over a year in surveying time and more than SAR 42 million. The interoperability of the application allowed the model to be exported in web-ready formats for easier approvals from the government and other stakeholders. This project was the first of this scale in Saudi Arabia to use consumer unmanned aerial vehicles in such a short timeframe.

Software

ContextCapture helped process the UAV-captured images to create a realistic 3D model of the city. The application also implemented data from existing point clouds. Using ContextCapture provided the team with a reliable survey technique that minimized modeling time and costs while streamlining decision-making and visualization. Orbit GT, Bentley’s 3D mapping solution, helped effectively manage and feature extract content, as well as publish mobile mapping data.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, Orbit GT

Outcome/Facts
  • Al-Madinah Al-Munawwarah is the second-holiest city for 1.8 billion Muslims worldwide, and the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia wants to increase the number of pilgrims who can visit annually from 8 million to 30 million by 2030.
  • AHCEC established a reality model using ContextCapture for planning and designing the infrastructure, covering 55 square kilometers of the central region in Al-Madinah.
  • ContextCapture helped the team complete the objective in nine months, saving over a year in surveying time and more than SAR 42 million.
Quote:
  • “Compounded with exceptional support, Bentley’s ContextCapture provided features to enable multi-engine processing using not just images but point clouds, something that none of the other software provided. ContextCapture proved to be consequential in completing the project with such good quality and high client satisfaction.”

    Khalid Farid Sallam Geomatics Manager Ala Abdulhadi & Khalifa Hawas Consulting Engineering Company