Foth delivered an innovative, multimodal roadway design configuration projected to realize $32 million ROI over the next 25 years.

18 October 2020 /

Bentley Applications Facilitated an Innovative Design Solution Estimated to Save USD 32 Million over 25 Years

A Massive Modernization Initiative 
Located in the busy community of Cedar Falls, Iowa, University Avenue is a critical two-mile, six-lane divided highway that supports more than 20,000 vehicles per day. The corridor is more than 60 years old with deteriorated pavement and experiences a crash rate 20% higher than the state average. The thoroughfare lacks pedestrian and bicycle accommodations and has exceeded its expected lifespan. With increasing public pressure to improve roadway conditions, as well as to provide nonvehicular access and spur economic growth, the city of Cedar Falls initiated a USD 38.9 million modernization initiative to transform and revitalize the corridor. The project criteria included improving traffic flow and safety, ensuring bicycle and pedestrian access and mobility, providing a “living street” compatible with existing networks, facilitating commercial access, and minimizing capital investment and operational costs.

Foth Infrastructure and Environment was retained to develop a comprehensive transportation plan from preliminary engineering through final design and construction. To best address the city’s priorities, Foth introduced innovative design elements rarely seen in the state, including roundabouts, a lane reduction, and a complete streets approach to accommodate multimodal travelers, all of which were met with strong public scrutiny. “Our concept development and design processes had to be accurate, defendable, and stand up to public scrutiny,” explained Aaron Moniza, senior client manager at Foth. Faced with intense public involvement and aggressive  timelines, compounded by technical and engineering challenges that required coordinating multiple phases and teams, the organization required integrated digital applications to meet city and stakeholder demands.

“Our implementation of Bentley applications is a key ingredient to Foth’s culture of continually making our clients successful. Using a BIM model, we reduced design time, modernized workflows, enabled the reuse of rich digital deliverables throughout the project lifecycle, and increased our ability to collaborate internally and with our stakeholders. All of these things increase our competitive advantage and allow us to deliver the highest level of service to our clients ”
– Blaine Buenger,
Senior Technology Manager,
Foth Infrastructure & Environment, LLC

What’s the Outcome?

  • Bentley’s open applications facilitated coordinated modeling to reduce conflicts and expedite design by an estimated 50%, saving over USD 500,000 in construction costs  Read the full case study
  • The BIM model optimized data accessibility and increased the efficiency of Foth’s interactions with the public and stakeholders by 50%. 
  • The solution delivered an innovative, multimodal roadway design configuration, projected to realize USD 32 million in ROI for the owner over the next 25 years.

What products were used?

  • OPENROADS Civil Design Software for Road Networks
  • STAAD.Pro 3D Structural Analysis and Design 
  • RAM Structural Design Software
  • PROJECTWISE Project Delivery and Collaboration Software
  • Other Products Used: MicroStation, LumenRT, iModel Hub, Descartes, gINT, Haestad, LEAP, OpenFlow SewerGEMS, OpenFlow WaterGEMS, ContextCapture
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