Hudson Yards West: Collecting & Digitizing Large-Scale Existing Infrastructure Data
Hudson Yards is the largest private real estate development in the history of the United States. The second phase of this massive development is The Western Yard. Upon completion The Western Yard will include 6.2 MILLION square feet of building space, spanning several residential towers, an office complex and a school serving K-8th grade students.
It’s being constructed over-top 30 active train tracks, three rail tunnels, a host of major utilities, and alongside viaducts, heavily trafficked roadways, and one of New York City’s most popular Tourist Attractions: The Highline. How does a complex network of engineers, architects, construction managers, city officials, and real estate developers ensure that all stake holders remain happy during design and construction?
Mix 1 TB of Laser Scans with acres of topographic surveys and old utility maps to create a large scale, precise 3D Revit Model of the entire Site. Disseminate this model to over 30 stake-holders so that everyone is working in the same virtual world. Allow designers to interact with the existing infrastructure in 3D like never before. Get construction managers talking to real estate developers about pinch points earlier. Provide a simple, intuitive, 3D reference for city officials and non-AEC professionals to use when voicing concerns to the rest of the team. In short, use data to build a community of informed stake-holders.
Langan has been retained to provide geotechnical, site/civil, environmental, and traffic engineering, seismic design analysis, and surveying services during the pre-design phase of development. VIATechnik, working as a subcontractor to Langan, created the virtual world being used every day by the stake-holders.
During this presentation, Timothy O’Connor from Langan and Kyle Hudson from VIATechnik will discuss the workflows, challenges, and benefits associated with collecting and digitizing this massive amount of infrastructure data. Tim and Kyle will share tips for executing similar workflows on other infrastructure projects and engaging a large network of stake-holders on redevelopments.