Virtual design and construction

On the Kidston Pumped Storage Hydro project in Far North Queensland we're using Virtual Design and Construction (VDC) to resolve both design interface and construction methodology challenges before issues can materialise on site.

Virtual Design and Construction describes a process in which key aspects of a construction project are digitally checked and planned using design and fabrication model data. VDC is a core component of McConnell Dowell’s approach to Digital Engineering. We use a cloud-based Common Data Environment to integrate the information that feeds the VDC process.

On the Kidston project the construction team, local design consultants, and international specialist consultants and equipment manufacturers, are integrated in real time through the Common Data Environment.

Regular model contributions from each stakeholder are federated to create a Project Information Model enabling agile and iterative assessment of design and construction inputs aimed at de-risking and optimising project delivery.