Challenge 4 - How to visualize cost differences for optional infra project alternatives


Description of the challenge

Infra projects are being designed more and more as BIM-based, i.e. we are getting rather easily 2D/3D-based instances of the different alignment or execution options.

Cost awareness is growing also in the infra industry domain and there are standardized ways to collect, store and share cost data of past projects. This data can be reused as averages for future projects and estimations. Now, it’s quite a fresh idea to combine these two data sources.

The challenge is to combine 2D/3D alignment data with costs and show the differences visually between different execution options in an easily understandable way. There may be natural obstacles like lakes, hills, soil conditions, existing networks, or other built-up areas affecting the costs. The alignment itself includes typically cuts and fills which can be visualized.  You may think of an average citizen as the end-user to whom you are presenting the different project options. The key focus of the challenge is to find new fresh ideas for illustrating cost differences.

There are ready-made data sets available both for alignment options and costs related to those. Also, GIS data will be available.