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16 May 2007

East London Line extension project wins international award

Mott MacDonald and Transport for London (TfL) design team have won an international award of excellence at the prestigious Bentley Empowered (BE) Conference* held in Los Angeles this May.

The award is for the way in which the East London Line design team has applied Bentley 3D modelling software to create a virtual reality model of the 10km East London Line which has primarily been used for signal sighting.

The model offers a seamless virtual reality for planners using the system, although it actually contains more than 250 engineering models to help engineers to place signals without the need to actually visit the site.

“Investing in this cutting edge technology shows our absolute commitment to deliver the East London Line extension as an operational railway by June 2010, “ says East London Line Project Director Peter Richards, “by using this leading technology, we understand issues earlier, examine the problems in detail, and implement solutions before we get to construction stage.

“I see the industry following suit, as they see this technology driving down costs and improving in the overall management of risk.”

"This model has saved £1/2 million and at least six months in signalling design time", commented Mark Eaden who collected the award on behalf of Mott MacDonald, “Most importantly, this has enabled us to design more safely by reducing the need for staff to visit sites under construction. By giving greater confidence in design, it is also envisaged that the model will continue to add value if it is adopted at the next stages of the project.”

Jonathan Faragher, the Group's technical advisory team's leader added, “This 3D modelling tool allows us to turn engineering drawings into movies so that we can see how changes in signalling decisions will impact the whole network. This is just one example of how TfL and Mott MacDonald are working together with innovative solutions to make far reaching benefits to real transport infrastructure projects for London.”

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