Industry Talk    CI123696
THINK BIG Infrastructure-Glen Canyon Dam Unified Intelligent Model
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The United States Bureau of Reclamation (USBR) develops, manages, and protects western water resources for the United States. Built in an age of slide rules and drafting, the USBR's 492 dams and 53 power plants were each created from thousands of individual engineering drawings. These dams are critical infrastructure and will continue to serve the nation for centuries. Effective facility management requires new methods and technology. Using Autodesk software, and with assistance from Autodesk, the USBR set out to create unified intelligent models of Glen Canyon dam and power plant. The use of laser scanning, photogrammetry, CAD, Building Information Modeling (BIM), and SONAR enabled the creation of multidisciplinary, comprehensive 3D models. The data and models will be used for design, operations and maintenance, security, education, and visualization. This project serves as a prototype to develop expertise, best practices, guidelines, and procedures with applicability for many industries. This session will discuss the objectives, procedures, and project status.


  • Discover preparations and procedures for large-quantity, multisource data collection
  • Understand the processes for managing and merging massive volumes of reality capture data
  • Discover the procedures involved in using reality capture data for BIM and photo-model creation
  • Understand how to create visualization and virtual reality from BIM and photo models