CONSTRUCTION

Digital twin created for groundbreaking bridge with Allplan Bridge

| May 12, 2021

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The Ottendorf Viaduct on the Riesa-Chemnitz railway line stood for over 160 years until it could no longer be saved and had to be replaced in 2015. The new replacement structure built at that time was a first for Deutsche Bahn: For the first time in its history, it built a bridge with a frame-stiffened arch structure. Although 3D models were used to some extent in the planning of the structure, the BIM method was not applied, so that no digital twin of the bridge is available for future (maintenance) work.

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As a part of Continental Corporation, the ContiTech division (with the inclusion of Veyance Technologies), numbers among the leading suppliers of a host of technical rubber products and is a specialist for plastics technology. We develop, produce and market high-tech products and systems for automotive and industrial applications in eight decentralized units with full profit responsibility.

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CONSTRUCTION

The Risks, Barriers and Opportunities of BIM

Article | May 5, 2021

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is revolutionizing the architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) industry worldwide. For many public sector and major projects, BIM has become the required method of working. Yet, despite the increasing acceptance and use of BIM, there are still some barriers to its adoption.

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Why a Digital Twin Is the Best Way to Start a Building Project

Article | May 5, 2021

A digital twin is much more than just a 3D model of a building. It contains detailed information of all equipment and components, including their physical properties and cost. The model can also reflect the exact state of building elements, showing issues like mechanical wear. Digital twins can also be used as simulation tools, to analyze how a building would behave under different conditions.

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Remote work: Engineering’s perspective on humanizing the remote work experience

Article | May 5, 2021

At GitHub, working remotely has been in our DNA from the start. With over 80% of our engineers working remotely before COVID-19, the team has established some amazing best practices that foster a strong collaborative environment, inspire creativity, and a bit of levity with the ultimate goal of building trust within teams. What’s it like for GitHub engineers to work remotely?

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ENGINEERING TECH

Why infrastructure policies need engineers' 'bigger picture' view

Article | May 5, 2021

One way or another, we all work on infrastructure; whether design, construction, operation or maintenance. We solve problems and make things work – often without the public realising the complexity of our task. We sit in the background and don’t make waves. We are good at the technical challenges, but how often do we take a step back and think about how our work or project fits into the ambitions of wider society? Who is commissioning it? Why are they commissioning it? What are the political drivers? What do they want the outcome to be? What has changed since we started work on it? This sort of questioning will help us deliver better projects, as we see the bigger picture, beyond our technical solutions. With so much of our infrastructure delivered through public bodies, it is important that civil engineers understand, and give professional advice to, the political process that drives infrastructure investment for our communities.

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Veyance Technologies, Inc.

As a part of Continental Corporation, the ContiTech division (with the inclusion of Veyance Technologies), numbers among the leading suppliers of a host of technical rubber products and is a specialist for plastics technology. We develop, produce and market high-tech products and systems for automotive and industrial applications in eight decentralized units with full profit responsibility.

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