Riyadh's new six-line metro is the world's biggest urban rail project outside China. Over the coming years the Saudi Arabian capital will get over 176 kilometers of fully-automated metros serving 85 stations, including the 3B2 Western Station. This icon of the Riyadh Metro Project includes an above-ground Metro Station, bus station, underground Park & Ride facility and a mosque. The building’s eye-catching design is a modern interpretation of the desert sand drifts: with curved, cantilevered roofs of up to 176 meters, wrapped around a steel structure. Its intricate design required intelligent 3D BIM software. The client decided on Tekla Structures, which ended up being the driving force behind avoiding clashes in the design. This resulted in a seamless process from early design to the detailing and shop drawings, through to the fabrication and construction phases. Additionally, by using Trimble FieldLink construction layout and scanning software, combined with a Trimble robotic total station and 3D scanner, the survey team could really bring the 3D designs to life on the factory floor. Both faster and more accurately, thanks to real-time data accessibility.
Continue reading how the team used the combination of Trimble’s connected hardware and software solutions to drive quality and productivity in this case study.