Revit BIM Experience Award Winner
SENER is an international engineering and technology group founded in Bilbao, Spain in 1956. It is currently located in 12 offices worldwide, including Spain, Poland, Mexico, Portugal, and most recently in San Francisco and Abu Dhabi. With a workforce of more than 4,500 professionals, SENER provides engineering and consultancy services for a broad range of industries, including space, aeronautics and vehicles, power and process, control and actuation, marine, architecture, and civil engineering.
The group’s multidisciplinary, versatile project teams have undertaken complex building and infrastructure projects throughout Europe, including modern subway networks and stations, airport terminals, transport terminuses, train stations and buildings. Its award-winning projects include the recent Port of Alicante (Spain) construction project and the terminal at the new Zaragoza Airport in Zaragoza, Spain. In support of its growth in the architecture and civil engineering fields, SENER began implementing building information modeling (BIM) at the end of 2006. It currently uses a wide range of Autodesk BIM solutions, including Revit® Architecture, Revit® Structure, Autodesk® 3ds Max®, Autodesk® Inventor®, AutoCAD® Civil 3D®, and Autodesk’s recently acquired ROBOT Millennium. To date, SENER has completed or has under way 8 major projects and design competitions employing the BIM approach with Revit or Civil 3D.
Reseller: Demo Arquitectura (Madrid, Spain)
Notable Revit BIM Projects
Cracovia Soccer Stadium, Krakow, Poland
SENER’s design includes an innovative retractable lighting system—preserving Krakow’s city skyline and views of its old city and Royal Palace. In order to cast enough illumination for night time play, the lights had to be a height of 20 meters, which would extend more than 9 meters above the rest of the structure. During the day, the lighting towers will be kept in the lowered position, level with the top of the stadium, and will only be raised during evening matches.
The combined use of Revit Architecture (for the stadium) and Autodesk Inventor for the lighting system) allowed SENER to not only coordinate the stadium’s complex geometry, but also gave it the ability to digitally fabricate 3D prototypes of the facility (using a stereolithography printer) and create photorealistic design renderings (using Autodesk 3ds Max). These visualization techniques provided the design team vital feedback both for making anesthetic design decisions and for understanding potential interferences. In addition, the prototypes and renderings were used to communicate the overall design to the competition jury and for the final bid presentations.
The project has now moved into the construction documentation phase. Revit Structure is being used in combination with ROBOT Millennium to test various parameters of the structural design. In addition, SENER is using AutoCAD Civil 3D to aid in the site planning stage and to inform site design decisions regarding how to optimize the use of the limited available land. The existing site topography and the earthen seating slopes of the existing stadium are being modeled using AutoCAD Civil 3D. The resulting 3D model will be used to calculate the amount of excess earth that will have to be hauled offsite during the demolition of the current stadium. In parallel, AutoCAD Civil 3D is being used to design exterior site features of the new stadium, such as access roads and parking lots.
La Segrera Train Station, Barcelona, Spain
SENER is designing the structures and coordinating the architecture of the station. The building is partially underground, requiring careful coordination with other underground services, such as the adjacent subway stations already under construction. Due to the limits of the tracks in elevation, all the slabs need to be precisely positioned. The station accommodates a regional train station in the basement level and a high-speed station elevated over two parking decks. A green roof will cover the station, integrating the project with the surrounding parks and offering potential future opportunities for sustainable design.
The combined use of Revit Architecture and Revit Structure enables SENER to precisely coordinate this massive project, made more complex by the inclined floors that match the tracks of the trains. The use of a central, parametric model—where all the plans and sections, the quantity takeoffs, and other related documentation are “live” model views that are automatically coordinated—is an enormous benefit, and is helping SENER meet the city’s aggressive deadlines.