New ViCon Project: Sydney Metro Northwest, Australia



HOCHTIEF ViCon goes down under. Over a period of four consecutive years ViCon will support the application of BIM – Building Information Modeling – for the „Sydney Metro Northwest“project. This mega project is the first stage of the forthcoming “Sydney Metro“system, Australia’s largest public transport infrastructure project, which will be the first fully-automated metro rail system on the continent. Once completed the railway network across greater Sydney will have room for an extra 100,000 train customers per hour. The project also includes construction of 15 km long twin tunnels, eight new stations and 4.000 commuter car parking spaces for Sydney’s growing northwest region.

The NRT Infrastructure JV, consisting of John Holland and CPB Contractors , commissioned ViCon with BIM Management services and the establishment of ViCon’s Online Rail Information Systems(ORIS). ORIS is a web-based project management system specifically developed for the control and evaluation of data to efficiently manage the realization and operation of rail projects. During the current building phase a vast number of data is generated, which will be embedded in workflows for direct project control, reporting and analysis. ORIS enables the entire project team to collect and access all data in real time; independent of location or participation level. All necessary information gets collected with mobile devices via existing templates, which can be accessed online within the 3D model. Approximately 100.000 of these templates will be sent via ORIS during the course of the project, automatically linked to the 3D model, analyzed and archived for future usage, such as e.g. facility management.

ViCon’s BIM Manager in Sydney supervises all matters around the 3D computer model and at the same time ensures that all generated data is used and coordinated in the most efficient way possible. He is the interface between stakeholders, collects project specific requirements, defines processes, coordinates their implementation and tests all systems before they go live. He is responsible for the transparency of the project data. Furthermore he will conduct trainings and support project participants using the ORIS system and implementing BIM processes.

Dirk Schaper, HOCHTIEF ViCon’s Managing Director expresses his excitement about the new collaboration in Australia: “It’s inspiring to see that our experience and collective expertise made its way to the other side of the world. Our streamlined BIM process will set new standards for Australia’s infrastructure projects and I’m convinced that ORIS will respectively support the digital establishment of a modern and sophisticated metro system.”


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