Ajdin Bekiri is a graduate engineer who joined Arup in 2017 from RMIT. In that short time, Ajdin has grown and developed his skills and expertise in the use of parametric and modelling tools for major infrastructure projects.Ajdin’s work has been critical to the successful delivery of major infrastructure projects including multiple rail and road bridges, underbridges, and retaining wall structures. Ajdin has used his skills to create parametric models that can been used throughout all stages of a project – from optioneering to detailed design and documentation, and through to construction.
John Legge-Wilkinson and Ajdin Bekiri will be giving a joint presentation on how digital and parametric tools have been successfully used over many years to help deliver major structural and infrastructure projects.
The presentation will focus on the current journey that is being undertaken on the Western Program Alliance where parametric and BIM tools have been adopted from early design stage right through to construction. These tools include the use of 3D reinforcement models to help and assist the construction teams in procurement and planning.
The objective of our team is to change business as usual for the delivery of major Infrastructure projects.
We have chosen to take advantage of the live link between Grasshopper and Tekla to parametrically model both rail and road bridges, retaining walls, and other Infrastructure assets, as well as using Tekla to produce 3d reinforcement models.
The use and adoption of these tools and processes is key to our goal of adding greater value and data to our 3d models that can then be used all the way from concept to construction by all members of the team.
Use of a parametric process allowed our team the flexibility to deal with design changes and iterations – generating greater efficiencies by saving modelling and documentation time compared to traditional methods.
The parametric process can be used through all phases of a project – from optioneering and concept stages, through to detailed design, and on to construction – allowing the model to be used throughout to add greater value to the design and construction process.
We have also chosen to use Tekla to prepare 3D reinforcement models for major structural components for the bridges and retaining walls. The reinforcement models were critical to successfully meeting an accelerated construction program – reducing the risk and time required for shop detailing, bar scheduling and procurement.
The successful implementation of these tools and processes has been a great step forward for our teams as we strive to change business as usual.
The Western Program Alliance is a joint venture between LXRA, MTM, McConnell Dowell, and the joint design team of Arup and Mott MacDonald.