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September 08, 2020 Project of the Week

Project Name: Massey Hall

Company Name: Cintec

Project Location: Toronto, Canada

Project Information/Details:

As Massey Hall marks its 125th anniversary, a century and a quarter of Canadian history has been stripped bare to be massively restored, not only to recapture the hall’s original sound, but to make sure it will serve audiences for generations to come. This restoration project is proudly supported by Cintec’s anchors. Cintec™ reinforcement anchors can stabilize and strengthen an unreinforced masonry structure without the need for external and internal steel bracing, making them ideal for historical buildings, masonry bridges, monument repair, high rise buildings, retaining walls and harbor walls. Cintec™ reinforcement anchors also withstand freeze-thaw cycles without shrinkage or loss of strength, limiting the threat of Toronto, Ontario weather to the historic structure. The Cintec™ system comprises a steel section in a mesh fabric sleeve, into which a specially developed cementitious grout is injected under low pressure to create both a mechanical and cementitious bond. A simple, easy-to-use system with fast installation and minimal cleanup, the specific reinforcement and anchoring system used for Massey Hall is custom-designed for the project, as are all Cintec projects. For more information about Cintec™ reinforcement anchors, visit cintec.com/reinforcement-anchoring/. For more information about the Massey Hall revitalization, which was recently featured on CBC’s The National program, visit www.masseyhall.com/revitalization/.

Project of the Week

Project Name: Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center

Company Name: Nemetschek Group

Project Location: Moscow, Russia

Project Information/Details: The annual report of the Nemetschek Group features an impressive architecture project: the Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center in Moscow. Software solutions from GRAPHISOFT, Solibri, and Allplan were involved in planning and “shaping” this building. The sports facility seats 4,000 people and hosts competitions and training events. Its striking feature is the unique roof shape resembling the form of a gymnastic ribbon fluttering above the ground. The project was led by Creative Production Union (CPU) PRIDE, an architecture office in Moscow. This astonishing building shows what collaboration and cooperation during the design and construction process looks like in an ideal world: dialogue-oriented, open, and without software barriers. “The project demonstrates the consistent use of Open BIM in a real-life application, leveraging different software solutions from the Nemetschek Group,” says Viktor Várkonyi, Chief Division Officer of the Planning & Design Division and member of the Executive Board of the Nemetschek Group. The broad application of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a high priority for CPU PRIDE. Undertaking the complex planning activities for this project required a comprehensive BIM solution. It served as the main tool for coordinating the work of the architects and the specialist engineers. For the design, they worked with the BIM planning software Archicad from GRAPHISOFT, which also served as an important collaboration tool. “We were able to develop the first 3D model in less than a month,” explains Elena Myznikova, chief architect at CPU PRIDE. To locate errors, Solibri Office was used to perform collision detection analysis within the information models. “BIM helps prevent human errors. The first model we received from the engineers during the design development phase contained 1,800 collisions. And this, by the way, is not that many. Using 2D drawings, it would be simply impossible to detect all of these conflicts,” said Vitaliy Krestianchik, chief architect at CPU PRIDE. As part of the project, a reinforced concrete structural model was created with Allplan. The Center for Rhythmic Gymnastics was managed in a single BIM model. CPU PRIDE consistently relied on Open BIM: the data exchange with internal and external parties took place via IFC. It enabled all the project participants to interact, regardless of the software used. Despite the large number of programs used during the project, the Open BIM workflow made it possible to work consistently, to detect planning errors in advance of the construction phase, and to increase the quality of the documentation. More details about the project can be found at Irina Viner-Usmanova Rhythmic Gymnastics Center.

August 25, 2020 Project of the Week

Project Name: Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District

Company Name: OS+ED Dev Corp

Project Location: Orlando, Florida United States

Project Information/Details: A ground-breaking Digital Twin project by Cityzenith promote, optimize, and future proof the ambitious $500 million Orlando Sports & Entertainment Smart District (OS+ED), aiming to drive the Florida city’s millions of annual visitors to the downtown hotspot. Confirmation follows a commercial agreement with SISCO, the project’s technology provider, finalizing terms with Cityzenith (CZ) and the project owners, OS+ED Dev Corp, to deploy CZ’s award-winning SmartWorldPro2™ Digital Twin platform for the first time on a megaproject in the United States. SmartWorldPro2 Integrates all software and services used by anyone designing, constructing, and managing complex, large-scale building projects, properties, and real estate portfolios. The OS+ED is planned opposite the Amway Center in downtown Orlando, where the Orlando Magic play basketball, and will include a 300-room hotel, 420,000 square feet of offices, 80,000 square feet of event space, more than 100,000 square feet of retail, and an open-air plaza. It will be a fully interconnected Smart District, using state-of-the-art IoT, Digital Twin and AI Technologies to transform the four-block urban core, west of the I-4 Highway. Cityzenith CEO Michael Jansen said: “I’m delighted to sign with SISCO to launch the visionary OS+ED project. Efforts are already underway to develop a hi-res 3D Digital Twin model of the core project site, the 130-acre OS+ED Smart District site, and the surrounding urban neighborhood, which will encompass most of Orlando. The result will be the most-advanced and feature-rich 3D Digital Twin model of a city in the United States. “It is our first major project of this scale in America and will highlight how SmartWorldPro2™ is able to integrate with SISCO’s IoT, artificial intelligence, smart building, and other technologies to deliver a comprehensive Digital Twin-enabled, Smart Connected Community Integrated Operating System (SCCiOS) for large building owners and operators.” Job #1 for SCCiOS will be attracting tenants and visitors to downtown Orlando venues for a ‘wow, it feels like I’m really there’ 3D District Experience, delivering an unprecedented wealth of information and connected services. The pioneering work could also unlock additional contracts for Cityzenith on other SISCO projects totaling up to $1,000,000 by the end of 2021. Phil Tinsley, CEO of the OS+ED Dev Corp, said: "The project is a highly programmed, high amenity development where residents, visitors and tenants experience Living-as-a-Service™ (LaaSTM) the first bundled entertainment, ticketing, hospitality, housing, transportation, food and beverage, wellness, and utilities platform of its kind in the US. “We chose Cityzenith’s SmartWorldPro2 Digital Twin to best demonstrate and bring this data rich experience to life and are thrilled to be its first major US user.” Tinsley predicted that tenants and residents would particularly love the easy-to-use ‘single-pane-of-glass’ software platform, accessing all the information they need when they need it, adding: “SmartWorldPro2’s unique features will first create an online virtual 3D tour like no other; a video game-like experience where visitors navigate to and click on elements in a life-like 3D OS+ED model to see event times, retail offers, parking availability, and even the view from their hotel rooms or stadium seats.” Michael Jansen added: “The OS+ED is high-profile, forward thinking, and transformational, and the contract is a huge victory for us, while also boosting our Cityzenith ‘Clean Cities – Clean Future’ mission. “Currently, 10,000 cities produce 70% of global greenhouse emissions and just 100 – megalopolises like New York, Tokyo, London and Paris – produce 25% of that total. “It must change and SmartWorldPro2™’s ability to create digitally-twinned cities to inventory GHG emissions and streamline sustainable urban redevelopment initiatives makes it the platform of choice for executing energy transition projects on any scale, whether a district, a campus, a city, or an entire country. “Please join us on our journey and watch for more updates as SmartWorldPro2™ marches towards cleaning and freeing our cities for a better future.”