Hatch uses Bent­ley tech for Keeyask Dam pro­ject


tricity each year. The hy­dro­elec­tric en­ergy pro­duced will be in­te­grated into Man­i­toba Hy­dro’s elec­tri­cal sys­tem for use in Man­i­toba and for ex­port. As a con­crete struc­ture, de­sign and place­ment of re­in­forc­ing steel is crit­i­cal. Charles McGowan, at Hatch, said, “The com­plex shapes and sheer com­plex­ity of re­bar place­ment in hy­dro projects made the de­sign process more labour in­ten­sive with sig­nif­i­cant man­ual de­sign and check­ing re­quired. ProCon­crete han­dled para­met­ric stan­dard re­bar re­quire­ments quite well and au­to­mated this process con­sid­er­ably.”

Us­ing 3D mod­el­ing on this pro­ject en­abled the team to eas­ily man­age the de­sign changes nec­es­sary dur­ing the con­struc­tion phase. Ac­cu­rate 3D mod­els were pro­vided to con­trac­tors early in the pro­ject, and then up­dated on a reg­u­lar ba­sis. This en­abled the con­trac­tor to in­crease the qual­ity of plan­ning and es­ti­mat­ing.

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