Keynetix Assists With Hong Kong AGS Data Format and Delivers AGS Keynote Lecture

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The magnificent panorama of the night in Hong KongAGS data has been produced in Hong Kong for each Civil Engineering project since around 1996 and the Civil Engineering Design Department (CEDD) now have the largest archive of AGS data anywhere in the world.

Hong Kong has a sister organisation to the UK AGS called AGS (HK) which organises conferences and has several technical committees. It has recently reconvened a committee to promote and develop the AGS format in Hong Kong and our Managing Director, Roger Chandler has been asked to help as a corresponding member of the committee.

Each year the AGS (HK) organises a conference that attracts between 150 – 200 people to showcase and discuss the latest developments in Geotechnical Engineering that affect the region and in December we were proudly given the opportunity to present the Keynote lecture entitled “AGS Data Format – Enabling BIM Modelling of the Sub-surface’ at the conference.

The presentation included examples of how geotechnical BIM is being used around the world with examples from Keynetix customers in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Hong Kong has strong BIM ethos and the week before the Hong Kong Conference Arup was awarded the first place prize in the Autodesk-sponsored 2015 Excellence in Infrastructure competition for its consultancy work in MTR Shatin to Central Link.

This project is a 17 km railway line expansion undertaken by MTR in Kowloon and Hong Kong Island. The project involves construction of 1.8 km twin railway tunnels, a new underground station with interchange facilities, as well as ventilation buildings and shafts in Wan Chai on Hong Kong Island—one of the most built-up and busiest commercial areas in the territory.

Although Arup do not yet use our HoleBASE SI system in Hong Kong the Autodesk Geotechnical Module, that Keynetix develop and licence to Autodesk, was used to assist in the presentation of the geotechnical data in the BIM process. As you can see from the video above, seeing the whole construction sequence together with the geotechnical data makes the whole project come alive.

“It is good to see such great work being done and including geotechnical data at its core.” said Keynetix Director and Geotechnical BIM expert Gary Morin. “Roger had chance to meet with the Arup team while he was in Hong Kong and discuss ways in which we could help speed up their integration times and we hope to get the opportunity to work with more Hong Kong consultants directly and through Spatial Technology Ltd, our partner in Hong Kong”



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