Civil Infrastructures

  • I am trying to run a sample project for civil infrastructure about a section of road. When I built the structure of it, after I chose the ‘Structure Type’ as ‘Infrastructure’, the selections in ‘Construction Scope’ are still all about building.

    Just wondering could you please forward me more guidelines or user manual about eTool, especially for civil infrastructure. As the training session is about a building project. It would be great appreciated if you could forward me more information for civil infrastructure.

    Hi Jenny, thanks for your question! We don’t get many infrastructure related posts here so we don’t really have much tutorial information on that for now. Something we are planning to add in the near future! We do have one video tutorial on building an infrastructure template though (scroll down the page):

    Meanwhile, to answer your question about the construction scope. Most of the terms are pretty generic and can be just as applicable to infrastructure projects such as Substructure, Foundations, Excavation, Superstructure, Frames, Specialist Installations > Civil Engineering Structure, External Works > Roads, Paths and Pavings and etc.

    It’s not an automatically selected feature so you’ll just need to manually shifting through the items and select what’s applicable for your project. Hope that answers your question!

    Hi Jenny,

    Just to add to Fei’s answer here. As construction and asset classification systems are much more advanced for buildings than they are for infrastructure (and generally has enough classification elements to enable civil structure classification) we are yet to implement a specific “infrastructure only” classification system for eToolLCD.

    Classification in general in eToolLCD does need an overhaul. At present we are a little constrained with the construction categories we present to users due to maintaining compliance with IMPACT. Indeed, the IMPACT compliance has led to a mix of classification systems being introduced in eToolLCD. We previously used COBie, and the IMPACT standard required us to implement RICS NEM classificaitons in some areas of the app and Uniclass in others. Ideally what we would like for any users not using the IMPACT datasets is to enable the users to specify which classification system they would like to use (including an infrastructure specific one). The main blocker for this is that we would like to maintain availability of our library templates across all classifications systems which would require either:

    • Automatic mapping between classification systems. This is user friendly but hard to implement as there is often a many to many relationship between the classes in different systems
    • Each template to be classified across all classification systems. This is easy to implement but really painful for users

    Watch this space, the use of LCA and eToolLCD subscriber numbers are growing very strongly which enables us to put more resources into the software development. This will enable us to tackle challenges like classification.

    For now, as Fei suggests, finding the “best fit” classification is the way to go.


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