• Shanghai Water Engineering Design and Research Institute Co., Ltd.

    Integrated Delivery and Application of BIM Technology in Design, Construction, Supervision, and Management of Shanghai Water Pump Sluice

    Shanghai, China

Project Summary

    • PROJECT DELIVERY - Shanghai Water Engineering Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

Reducing Flooding in Shanghai

Shanghai is located on China’s central coast, where the Yangtze River empties into the Pacific Ocean. Its location makes it subject to storms and severe flooding. To help reduce this frequent flooding, the city implemented the South Extension Renovation Project of the Zhangjing River. This project included constructing a pump station with a capacity of 90 cubic meters per second, a sluice gate with a net width of 30 meters, and other elements that include bridges, revetments, roads, and pipelines. With 43 years of experience, Shanghai Water Engineering Design and Research Institute was tasked with delivering this USD 300 million project. In addition to working around existing factories, residential buildings, railways, municipal roads, pipelines, and underground obstacles, they would need to work with many engineering disciplines and services teams.

Applying BIM Workflows Across the Project Lifecycle

To overcome the challenges of their short design timeline and the vast amount of work required, Shanghai Water Engineering needed to ensure that their teams maximized productivity and minimized risk. They served as the design unit on a project involving many disciplines and units, a wide scope, and complicated design requirements. As such, Shanghai Water Engineering wanted to find a way to enable their teams to conduct design work and reviews quickly and easily, while managing project information throughout the asset lifecycle. In particular, implementing BIM models and technology could open up the transfer of information between project phases, and ensure its integrity and compliance to key standards. Therefore, they looked for software that would allow them to apply BIM workflows across the entire project lifecycle.

Bringing Participants Together in Connected Data Environment

After looking at various software solutions, Shanghai Water Engineering chose Bentley applications to develop a full information 3D model. With the aid of ProjectWise and BIM technology, they developed a connected data environment for all project information. The team used the ProjectWise design collaboration platform to simultaneously carry out the multidiscipline design, while the ProjectWise-integrated BIM model was used for comprehensive demonstration, which provided favorable support for expert review and communication and coordination. This system enabled all participants and stakeholders to efficiently collaborate to solve complex problems while providing integrated delivery.  

Improving Collaboration with BIM Workflows

By using BIM technology throughout the design, construction, supervision, and management of this project, Shanghai Water Engineering standardized modeling and delivery. ProjectWise’s connected data environment improved overall collaborative efficiency by 25%, saving three months on the project and USD 60,000 in cost. Combined with Bentley design solutions— including OpenBuildings Designer, ContextCapture, and OpenRoads—they uncovered and resolved several construction process clashes, reducing rework, cutting costs, and shortening the building schedule. They improved design efficiency by 20%, cut down communication time by a month, and saved USD 15,000 in labor costs. The project is on schedule to be completed in mid-2021.

Project Playbook: ContextCapture, LumenRT, MicroStation, OpenBuildings Designer, OpenRoads, ProjectWise

Outcome/Facts
  • Shanghai Water Engineering Design and Research Institute was tasked with constructing a pump station with a capacity of 90 cubic meters per second and a sluice gate with a net width of 30 meters in Shanghai.
  • They developed a connected data environment in ProjectWise, allowing all participants and stakeholders to work collaboratively by designing components of the project simultaneously.
  • ProjectWise’s connected data environment improved overall collaborative efficiency by 25%, saving three months on the project and USD 60,000 in cost.