Danjiang Bridge

Zaha Hadid Architects’ Danjiang Bridge awarded at the Construction Computing Awards 2017




The twelfth annual running of the winners of the 2017 Construction Computing Awards were announced at a gala event at The Radisson Blu Edwardian in Bloomsbury. ZahaHadid Architects with CATIA 3DEXPERIENCE on Cloud for TheDanjiang Bridge was the winner in the category ‘Collaboration Project of the Year’.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © VA for Zaha Hadid Architects

The Danjiang Bridge has been commissioned by the Directorate of Highways of Taiwan and will be the world’s longest single-mast asymmetrical cable-stayed bridge. Located at the mouth of Tamsui River, the Danjiang Bridge is integral to the infrastructure upgrading program of northern Taiwan, enhancing accessibility throughout the region with the rapidly expanding Port of Taipei/Taipei Harbour—the region’s busiest shipping port.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © MIR for Zaha Hadid Architects

The bridge will also increase connectivity between local neighbourhoods and significantly reduce through-traffic in the region’s town centres. The bridge design minimises its visual impact by using a single 200 metre concrete structural mast to support the 920m road, rail, cycle and pedestrian deck made from steel.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © VA for Zaha Hadid Architects

Zaha Hadid Architects was commissioned as design consultants alongside lead structural engineer Leonhardt, Andrä and Partner in Germany together with Sinotech Engineering Consultants in Taiwan acting as local engineering consultants.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © MIR for Zaha Hadid Architects

Given the project’s scale and engineering challenges, as well as the geographic distance between consultant teams, ZHA elected to use Dassault Systemes CATIA 3D EXPERIENCE On Cloud, supplied and supported by Desktop Engineering (DTE), to implement the project.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © VA for Zaha Hadid Architects

This cloud-based 3D design system provides a common 3D data platform for all parties between Europe and Asia and acted as the central data repository, or Common Data Environment in BIM terms, for the project.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © VA for Zaha Hadid Architects

Resulting in enhanced collaboration and communication across all members of the design team, the improved information flow and real-time design collaboration enabled the team to meet all deadlines with ease through improved design productivity.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © MIR for Zaha Hadid Architects

Geoffrey Haines, Managing Director of Desktop Engineering explained, “Zaha Hadid Architects is bold in everything they do. This includes their design computing outlook; using this design and collaboration platform to draw on all the assets of cloud technology and deliver real benefits to distributed design teams.” Source by Zaha Hadid Architects.

Danjiang Bridge
Image © MIR for Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Location: Taipei, Taiwan
  • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
  • Client: Directorate General of Highways, M.O.T.C.
  • Status: Under Construction
  • Length: 920m
  • Render: VisualArch, MIR
  • Images: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

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