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Rapid Engineering Model (REM)

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The Rapid Engineering Model (REM) is a radical and disruptive new digital approach to automated design for Highways England, developed by Bryden Wood Technology Ltd with the Smart Motorways Programme (SMP).

REM is a digital workflow, rather than a single piece of software, that is digitally driven and collaboratively enabled and means that SMP schemes can be designed automatically much faster than by traditional means.

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Central to the functionality of REM is the design guidance documentation that has been already developed for the Smart Motorways Programme. This guidance has been encoded into a rules engine that drives two key aspects of REM – data analytics and automated design. Topographic data can be analysed alongside environmental data to help identify opportunities and risks within a specific project, or along an entire asset in the network. Using this data, design layouts of major roadside assemblies (such as gantries) can be automatically generated, in accordance with the SMP guidance. The layout can then be optimised according to a variety of different design and performance criteria.

The step-by-step Rapid Engineering Model process is as follows;

  1. Analysis of digitally captured topographic and environmental data
  2. Evaluation of suitability of topographic data analysis
  3. Automation of design layout, following SMP design rules
  4. Optimisation of design layout according to project specific criteria

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The REM workflow is organised around a ‘master data set’ – a single source of the design truth - which captures the analytics, evaluations and optimised layouts. From this, REM can generate many different outputs types and formats, including;

  • GIS data layers
  • HE compliant BIM models
  • Interactive, browser based data dashboards
  • ‘Drive through’ visualisations

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Furthermore, the REM data set can be viewed in ‘virtual reality’ as well as through web and mobile apps that have been developed specifically for SMP. All of these outputs are consistent in structure and format across each design iteration, as well as each scheme, allowing for easy comparison and evaluation. This directly supports a data-driven and evidence-based approach to SMP design.

REM has been developed with the SMP innovation team for 12 months, initially in parallel to the ongoing design work, but has recently been used to assist design teams in the development of the early stage ‘Operations Concept’ information for a number of SMP projects.

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The functionality of the Rapid Engineering Model workflow continues to be expanded. Features are currently being developed and tested focusing on ‘design in the verge’ for the automatic configuration and self-design of the major road side assemblies themselves. A further development will see elements of quantification such as cost incorporated into REM that will further extend its capability and impact.

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