Contributing to the development of the country is the mission that Sondotécnica, a Brazilian engineering company with almost 70 years of experience with an important legacy in the infrastructure sector, took on for itself. A good example was the contract it signed to perform specialized technical engineering services in the elaboration of a project on federal highways in the southern region of Brazil.

The project that crosses more than 14 municipalities, in a total length of approximately 300 km, involved duplication of existing roads, design of marginal roads, and design of several devices such as level returns, interchange, uneven passages, walkways, and roundabouts.

It is through these new and modern highways that the South Region will transport part of its wealth. A project that involved trained and specialized personnel in the provision and execution of cutting-edge services to overcome all this extension and a variety of types of intervention on highways. This means that it involved multidisciplinary teams of Geometry, Earthworks, Drainage, Horizontal and Vertical Signaling, Landscaping, Structures, Geotechnics, Paving, and Electrical.

Sondotécnica also innovated by using, in this linear enterprise BIM (Building Information Modeling), technologies and processes, normally used in building projects, making the company one of the pioneers in the use of BIM on highways. Combining software, hardware and skilled labor, it was possible to carry out a virtual construction of the entire road extension. This type of 3D representation of the project, combined with a database with information on the construction elements, allows to perform simulations, verify interference, and remedy design incompatibilities, before the actual execution of the work.

This form of representation of the design has the great advantage of accuracy in relation to the traditional methodology, since many uncertainties can be solved, avoiding rework in the field and additional costs. Regarding the overall cost of the design, including the execution of the work, “a study by Mcgraw Hill points out that the use of BIM promotes a 45% reduction in rework, which is a significant advantage for those who adopt this practice in an industry as great as construction and engineering,” says Carlos Alejandro,  Autodesk Brasil.

This design was recognized by Autodesk, one of the market leaders in the development of BIM software, as a success story.