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County wins second place for using software in infrastructure design


Tom Grange, Engineering & Design, Public Works
Phone: (360) 397-6118 ext. 4449

Clark County Public Works has received international recognition for its innovative use of 3-D engineering and design software.

The county won second place in the inaugural “Autodesk Excellence in Infrastructure Competition” after a panel of industry experts evaluated 44 nominations for transportation, urban planning, energy and water/wastewater projects in United States and overseas.

The county was recognized for its use of Autodesk software on the Salmon Creek Interchange Project. The $133 million project, a joint effort between Clark County and the Washington State Department of Transportation, will reduce traffic congestion and improve safety by constructing a new interchange at Interstate 5 and Interstate 205.

County engineers used Autodesk software and other technology to completely redesign county roads on both sides of the interchange when groundwater problems caused the project's original design to be abandoned.

The software allowed the county to quickly adapt to a major design change; what was planned as a tunnel under the two freeways became a bridge over them. The county also used the 3D software to design a drainage system that navigated a multitude of existing utility pipes.

Bruce Klug, a county engineer, worked extensively on the east side of the interchange project and submitted the proposal to the competition.

“Bruce and other engineers demonstrated how the county is using technology to design roads and other infrastructure quickly, nimbly and with greater precision and efficiency,” said Tom Grange, Engineering & Design Supervisor. “It’s gratifying to see their excellent work stack up so well against other projects, on both the national and international level.”

HYDROCHINA Kunming Engineering Corp. received first place for using Autodesk software to design a hydropower project in Yunnan Province, China. The New York City office of Stanec Consulting received third place for using Autodesk software on the Columbia University Manhattanville project, a 17-acre mixed-use academic center in west Harlem.

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