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Honolulu: 'The Perfect City for Rail'

A representative of Honolulu’s under-construction rail system called the Hawaiian capital “the perfect city for rail” and said the line’s driverless operation will be “the future of our industry” during “Mega Capital Projects.”

Charles Sam Carnaggio, project director for the Honolulu Authority for Rapid Transportation (HART), emphasized the isolation of Hawaii and its serious traffic congestion as he explained the importance of the 20-mile route.

HART has worked with communities to create stations that both honor native heritage and are sustainable, he said. Embossed columns supporting elevated guideway at each station tell historic and cultural stories of the region, while canvas platform canopies channel rainwater into hollow central pillars for future use in irrigation.

The session also covered major public transit projects in New York and London.

Damian J. Carey, project director for Jacobs, and Lennart Andersson, director of virtual design and construction, LiRo Group, reported on the East Side Access Project that will bring MTA Long Island Rail Road trains into Manhattan’s Grand Central Terminal. Andersson focused on the role of building information modeling (BIM) in the project, which costs more than $10 billion and includes 155 separate contracts. BIM replaces two-dimensional modeling with three-dimensional virtual and printed images, allowing contractors to discover problems that could not be found with earlier technologies.

Mike King, technical and compliance director for CH2M in London, reviewed measures to determine the effectiveness and practicality of fire- and waterproofing-testing methods to tunnels being constructed through Crossrail, a 100-km (62-mile) rail line and Europe’s largest construction project.

Vincent Gallagher Jr., Hill International Inc., moderated the session.
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