Autodesk University
Bridge Modeling Approaches
Roundtable    CI1697-R
Ara Ashikian
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, Edmundo Herrera
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Description

This roundtable session focuses on the Autodesk® solution for design and implementation of typical overpass bridges. We also evaluate approaches for working with tunnels, retaining walls, and other structural elements that are common to road, rail, and highway projects. Attendees can learn how these structures can be initially located by the roadway engineer in the context of the road or rail model, further designed and detailed by the structural engineer, and finally used by the contractor for construction planning. Key to this workflow is the ability for all project participants including civil, structural, contractors, and owners to work in a coordinated way with the goal of reducing production cost, compressing project timeline, mitigating risk and improving the overall quality of the end product. This session has a live walk-through of the process, primarily using a combination of AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, the Civil 3D Bridge Module, and Revit® Structure software.

Key Learnings

  • Decide where to use the different tools in the Autodesk solution for bridge design
  • Apply workflows for moving model information between Civil 3D and Revit Structure
  • Describe the steps for initial layout, detailed modeling, and production drafting of a bridge
  • Use best practices and work with limitations in the workflow based on the current tools

Speakers

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Ara Ashikian is the Senior Product Line Manager for the Autodesk Civil Structures product development teams. Prior to joining Autodesk in 2013, he had over 20 years of experience as a bridge engineer and a software developer, working on a large number of bridge projects, including preliminary, detailed and construction engineering design aspects for a wide range of bridge types. These projects included the detailed construction engineering of the EG LNG suspension bridge in Africa, as well as for the New Bay Bridge (self-anchored suspension bridge in California), the detailed engineering for the launching of the Kicking Horse Canyon in the Canadian Rockies as well as for the Coast Meridian.
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Edmundo Herrera is a subject matter expert for Autodesk, Inc.'s, civil engineering applications (including AutoCAD Civil 3D software, InfraWorks LT software, InfraWorks 360 software, Navisworks software, Revit Structural software, Navisworks software, and ReCap software), providing specialized engineering functionality in conjunction with AutoCAD software’s design tools. Herrera is responsible for presales presentations of Autodesk’s civil engineering products, as well as development of techniques for improving and optimizing customer’s daily workflows. He has also been responsible for civil-engineering software deployments in several departments of transportation, and in private and public companies in the United States, Latin America, Europe, and the Middle East for more than 18 years.
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Dave has been Civil Product Manager since he joined Autodesk in 1997 where he's been responsible for the product management of AutoCAD Civil 3D and Autodesk Land Desktop. His role includes working with customers to understand and prioritize industry workflow requirements which in turn drives scope of future product improvements. Beyond AutoCAD Civil 3D, Dave is focused on broadening the solution that can be used to complete complicated tasks within the project lifecycle including streamlining model accessibility, interoperability and cross product workflows. Dave is a graduate of The University of Massachusetts with a degree in Environmental Design.
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