Joint Venture Company Sassevaart is using a building information modelling (BIM) platform from Allplan – a global design software company – for the construction of the New Lock Terneuzen in the Netherlands.
Currently under construction and measuring 427m long, 55m wide, and 16.4m deep, New Lock Terneuzen will form part of the Rotterdam-Paris Inland Waterway. Designed for larger vessels, the lock is intended to increase the capacity of the shipping route, which is already said to be one of the busiest and most important navigated canals in Europe.
According to Allplan, the Bimplus platform gives all the project’s participants access to a central BIM model and enables the entire project team to easily review the reinforcement designs, provide feedback and assign and track tasks.
Due for completion in 2023, the lock will allow inland vessels “smoother” passage between Belgium, France and the Netherlands and will also provide a more “robust lock complex” for seafaring vessels.