When Frenchs Forest-based surveying firm ESO Surveyors won the contract to perform the quantity surveying on Sydney’s new International Convention Centre (ICC), they jumped at the chance. They had previously made the transition into buildings, and the challenge of such an interesting space appealed. The project was completed in conjunction with Robert Bird Group (for the structural engineering), Hyder Consulting (for the civil engineering), and Lendlease Group – the main contractors.

This important Darling Harbour redevelopment involved three conjoined key structures: the ICC Sydney Theatre, the ICC Sydney Exhibition Centre and the ICC Sydney Convention Centre. The buildings contain a variety of event spaces. The space opened in December 2016. ESO used 12d Model software for all their 3D modelling, as-builts, etc. on the project. Surveyor Greg Cech said, “12d was a good program to check how the design looked.” In fact, according to ESO General Manager Campbell Blogg, the firm now uses 12d Model across the board on all their projects.

12d Model creators 12d Solutions Pty Ltd were very interested in this application of their software, according to their CEO Dr Lee Gregory, who declared “That’s not what you’d normally think of with 12d Model; most people associate the software with roads and the like.”

Greg said, “Using 12d Field is handy for buildings because you can have all your grid lines set up as separate layers – turn them on, turn them off…have the controls set up as your separate layers so that you’re able to use that as an easy way to control the whole job.”

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