Multifaceted survey and spatial solutions on the Gold Coast’s Sundale Bridge project enabled enhanced decision making, design and community engagement opportunities for stakeholders.
Innovative surveying, laser scanning and photogrammetry solutions were complemented by advanced data management services to facilitate the BIM enabled project. Bennett + Bennett’s reality capture data was also used to generate project visualisations that will be used to garner community and stakeholder support for the project.
The 375 metre long Sundale Bridge is located on Queensland’s Gold Coast. The bridge connects Southport to Main Beach and while it is iconic and culturally significant on the Gold Coast, it is a major bottle-neck and the cause of traffic congestion in and out of Surfers Paradise. The proposed upgrade includes the option of adding a fifth lane to the bridge and upgrades to the adjoining road and intersections. The feasibility of the project was hinged by two main factors; the structural analysis of the bridge and the community consultation. Bennett + Bennett facilitated the delivery of a comprehensive spatial solution that enhanced decision making, design and community engagement opportunities for relevant Local Authorities and Consultant team.
The Sundale Project provided the opportunity to apply multifaceted survey and spatial solutions on a single project that would in turn serve so many stakeholders with differing spatial needs and expectations. These foundational spatial solutions were further leveraged by providing data management services to facilitate the BIM enabled project. Bennett + Bennett utilised a combination of Terrestrial Laser Scanning from the shorelines and Terrestrial Photogrammetry from a boat to provide an accurate digital model of the bridge that was used for structural analysis.
Application of our aerial photogrammetry derived reality mesh in establishing project context in the consultation phase was critical to garnering stakeholder support for the project to proceed to the detailed design phase where the visualisation will enable enhanced communication within the community consultation phase period.
The spatially enabled solutions on the project sparked a strategic conversation within the City of Gold Coast to transform the engineering process from an analogue process to a digital engineering process. This project won the Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for Technical Excellence.