OHLA is carrying out a road project in Spain worth nearly 45 million euros, using digital twins, GIS and drone technology for the first time
July 20, 2023
OHLA has begun construction work on the Malpartida bypass road in the province of Cáceres (Extremadura), a project awarded by the Ministry of Transport, Mobility and Urban Agenda (MITMA) for nearly 45 million euros. This is one of the first MITMA projects to use BIM methodology and digital twins. It is also the first time that the OHLA infrastructure group has made use of this technology in Spain, a technology it has already used in the Lund Arlöv railway project in Sweden.
The project includes the construction of the bypass road of the N-521 highway as it passes through the municipality of Malpartida de Cáceres, as well as a dual carriageway duplication of the same road between the junction with the A-66 highway and the municipality itself. The infrastructure will have a total length of 10.7 kilometers that will run through the municipalities of Cáceres, Casar de Cáceres and Malpartida de Cáceres.
The road will have an average daily intensity of about 5,000 vehicles and aims to improve the safety of vulnerable road users, the functionality of the road section and contribute to reducing noise and air pollution in the city center.
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The project is set to become an innovative example in Spain for the use of digital twins, a virtual representation of the real world generated from BIM models, drone images and Geographic Information Systems (GIS).
The integration of these technologies into a single platform will allow easy access and sharing of all information and improve operational efficiency, as OHLA has already done in Lund-Arlöv, one of the most innovative railway digitization projects in Europe.
Specifically, in the Malpartida variant, the digital twins will be used to visualize, analyze and control all types of relevant parameters and processes such as work status, production control, monitoring of almost all work units and their execution, measurement control, environmental monitoring, health and safety monitoring, all integrated into a single, easily accessible platform.