Advanced 3D Modeling Unites a Multi-disciplinary Approach to Harbor Design

Wed Jun 07, 2017

Modern port design is a complex, multi-disciplinary exercise that deals with all aspects of a project, from the geological assessment to wharf construction. A general contractor has to facilitate the work of a wide number of engineering and construction teams. A wide range of disciplines must be covered: geology, geotechnical analysis, hydraulic design along with construction design.

To tie an entire port design project together has many requirements:

  • A system that allows users to carry out geotechnical analysis for slope stability, subsidence, etc.
  • 3D modeling of high pile wharfs
  • Planar and spatial calculations on a 3D geological model
  • Automatically produce  various construction drawings and detailed material lists
  • A fully integrated data process for geology, geotechnics, and hydraulic design.

Much like building information modeling (BIM), modern port design relies on a 3D model as the base definition of the project, with every team working collaboratively.


CCCC Takes Harbor Design to the Next Level

CCCC-FHDI Engineering Co., Ltd., a renowned engineer and construction services company, with a focus on port engineering survey and design, has developed an in-house integrated 3D system for handling all aspects of port engineering: the Harbor Investigation and Design Application System (HIDAS).

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This system allows users to carry out:

  • Geotechnical analysis for slope stability, subsidence, etc.
  • 3D modeling of high pile wharfs
  • Planar and spatial calculations on a 3D geological model
  • Automatically adds reinforcements inside of concrete structures
  • Automatically produce various construction drawings and detailed material lists, fully integrating all process data for geology, geotechnics, and hydraulic design.

The development of HIDAS began by a thorough assessment of program needs and available tools on the market. After discovering that none of the 3D design software currently available on the market could fully satisfy the needs of the company, CCCC-FHDI selected Spatial’s SDKs as core technology on which to develop their own solution:

  • 3D ACIS Modeler for the 3D modeling kernel
  • Constraint Design Solver (CDS) for real-time manipulation of geometric objects with direct and interactive creation and modification of dimensions and constraints
  • CGM Hidden Line Removal (HLR) to produce high-quality hidden line views, engineering drawings, and technical illustrations.

Along with Spatial SDKs, CCCC-FDHI took advantage of Spatial’s AGM 3D application development framework as a platform for a complete solution.

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Taking Advantage of World-Class Solutions

Like many companies, when it came to building a solution, CCCC-FHDI had to make a choice between make or buy. By choosing to partner with Spatial, CCCC-FHDI realized several advantages:

  • Lowering Development Costs – by employing Spatial’s 3D modeling SDKs, it greatly reduced the burdens on CCCC’s development team by not having to write and test complex code. The costs of licensing Spatial SDKs were much lower than funding in-house development.
  • Accelerating Product Development – by using the robust and user-friendly AGM 3D application development framework with its specialized templates, CCCC-FDHI was successful in developing many specialized modules with extremely limited resources in a relatively short timeframe.
  • Raising Product Competitiveness – in addition to the enhanced development environment and accelerated development that Spatial SDKs deliver, they also provided developers with an extremely flexible interface for quickly developing specialized applications to meet the needs of their end customers. These new applications have helped to increase the efficiency of CCCC-FDHI’s engineers, enabling them to develop world-class solutions.

To learn more, please download the case study, Harbor Design Moves to Cutting-Edge 3D Modeling.

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