• Humberto de Campos Street Extension Project

    Sotepa Ltda.

    Humberto de Campos Street Extension

    Blumenau, Brazil, South America

Project Summary

Project
As part of the 2050 Blumenau Program to improve Brazilian infrastructure, the BRL 25 million project required Sotepa to design an ecologically sustainable extension that would integrate into the landscape, accommodate the unstable soils, and promote public transportation, pedestrian traffic, and cyclists. To address these challenges, Sotepa relied on Bentley’s parametric modeling tools in PowerCivil for Brazil.

Solution
Sotepa designed the extension within right-of-way restrictions of a narrow river valley, with each lane following a distinct grade to minimize social and environmental impacts. Using PowerCivil for Brazil enabled Sotepa to perform complex calculations for the grade adjustment at intersections and access ramps to the main road. The firm defined a typical section that accommodated three lanes in each direction, pedestrian sidewalks, and a bicycle lane. The flexibility and accuracy of Bentley software saved significant time and enhanced efficiency.

Outcome
Using PowerCivil for Brazil greatly simplified the design process with an interactive design environment that automatically accommodated changes in the layout. Bentley tools enabled Sotepa to perform geometry studies faster and more efficiently, allowing a 20-kilometer signaling project to be completed in two days. Compared to similar projects, the geometric design of the extension was completed in 25% less time. The Humberto de Campo extension is expected to help regulate Blumenau traffic, reduce bridge traffic jams, and facilitate growth of the city.

Software
The flexibility and accuracy of Bentley software enhanced productivity, accommodating challenges of space and terrain to design an ecologically and environmentally sustainable roadway. PowerCivil for Brazil tools enabled Sotepa to perform complex calculations for the grade adjustments and allowed the horizontal layout to be changed interactively by adjusting vertices. The software automatically updated the vertical intersections eliminating the need to redesign the layout.
Outcome/Facts:
  • The flexibility and accuracy of PowerCivil for Brazil enabled Sotepa to address space and terrain limitations, ensure sustainability of the roadway, and facilitate completion in 25% less time than previous similar projects.
  • Using PowerCivil for Brazil simplified the design process allowing Sotepa to perform the complex calculations for the grade adjustments and accommodate changes in layout.
  • The BRL 25 million Humberto de Campos extension project is expected to enhance the city’s traffic flow and promote economic growth as part of the 2050 Blumenau Program to improve the city’s infrastructure.
Quote:
  • “PowerCivil for Brazil helped us build this project more efficiently and focus on quality. The intelligent templates gave us rapid solutions and easy clearance reports. We were able to absorb more contracts and deliver them on time.”

    Andrei de Figueiredo Agronomy Engineer Sotepa Ltda