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Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge

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Architects for this project visited High Concrete Group in Denver PA, where they were able to sit down and put on HoloLens to view their project through augmented reality.

During their visit, the architects walked around the room to examine the bridge at full scale. In doing so, they noticed a horizontal concrete surface that would attract roosting birds.

Typically, something like this would be found during construction and there would be added costs associated with fixing the issue. Time and money were saved using BIM because this was caught early in the design phase it did not have an impact on the budget and was a simple adjustment in the engineering drawings. There is a reduced risk of using advanced technology.

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Education 04/2019

Villanova University Pedestrian Bridge

This collegiate pedestrian bridge harmonizes with a collegiate campus that has been around for years. The environment of a college tends to develop around them, causing a need to adapt. Taking something that was, “a necessity and turning it into an asset” was an added benefit to the Architect. Ultimately plastic and versatile, precast concrete helps designers realize their vision even when it’s not the hero in the visual. In this project, harmony, and consistency with the campus aesthetic was a high priority to both the University and the designers. To achieve this goal, the design included a fieldstone veneer to the exterior of the precast bridge following erection except for the architectural panels over the road. The panels over the existing road had the fieldstone applied by the precast manufacturer to the panel prior to being transported to the location. This helps cut down road closure time and boost efficiency.

2020 PCI Award Winner

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Levels of Development (LOD)

In order to enhance communication when viewing BIM models, four levels of Development (LOD) for BIM are available by request. Each level requires more detail to be completed but enhances the value and ability to visualize the overall picture of your project. Any issues will be noticed and can be adjusted before you venture too far into your project. Each level adds additional characteristics, which are listed below.

LOD 200

  • Type of element
  • Approximate geometry of the elements

LOD 300

  • Specific size of elements
  • Exact location and orientation of elements

LOD 350

  • Embedded hardware
  • Lifting devices
  • Blockouts
  • Chamfers

LOD 400

  • All reinforcements
  • Aesthetic finishes
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