ESM Productions (ESM), a local company tasked with event planning for the Pope’s visit, retained AEROmetrex to help engineer the complex logistics for this historic event. Hosting the event required massive planning and coordination with municipal and state agencies, as well as with the U.S. Secret Service. To accommodate the 56,400 temporary structures needed, 33 miles of security barricade perimeter, and the impact of local road closures, while ensuring smooth traffic flow and seamless communication throughout the planning process and the event, ESM needed comprehensive, realistic, and integrated 3D modeling and simulation software.
Australian mapping leader, AEROmetrex, took high resolution aerial photographs of the city via helicopter, and using Bentley ContextCapture (formerly Acute3D), incorporated base imagery and ground footage to build a highly detailed, textured 3D reality mesh from 28,000 digital photographs. The precise model was used in MicroStation as the basis for the detailed layout and design of all the temporary facilities and barricades within the context of the reality mesh. Using LumenRT, the project team animated the model to simulate the expected operational experience and optimize decision making to ensure a safe and successful event.
Using Bentley reality modeling and simulation software dramatically reduced risk, enhanced decision making, improved timeliness, and optimized efficiency on this highly visible, fast-tracked project, while simultaneously supporting the extreme security workflows required. The flexibility, interoperability, and accuracy of Bentley software accelerated stakeholder buy-in, ensuring the successful execution of one of the country’s largest public events.
ContextCapture automatically extracted the finest details from the high-resolution imagery captured by AEROmetrex to produce an accurate 3D reality mesh model of Philadelphia. ESM imported the mesh into MicroStation to add precise mapping data for the temporary structures, anticipate potential issues, and coordinate with all stakeholders. LumenRT was also used to enhance the 3D model, adding moving people, traffic, and dynamic sunlight to simulate the conditions during the event. The photogrammetric capabilities and interoperability of Bentley software improved collaboration and optimized planning and engineering.