infrastructure

Exploring Digital Twin as Design Tool for Infrastructure Projects

SAAN has been actively exploring the concept of digital twin on its application on large infrastructure projects. Recently when working on Zhengzhou International Airport’s (CGO) Phase 3 Expansion project, SAAN’s design team built an extensive 3D model of the existing airport before designing any expansion work, analyzing the airport’s evolution and getting an in-depth understanding …

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Bridge System Design for the Island of Finance District

The scope of this project is to design twenty (20) bridges to span over an intricate waterway system inside the greenbelt surrounding the financial island of the start-up zone in the ambitious Xiong-an New City in China. Among these twenty bridges, three are pedestrian-only bridges and others are both vehicular and pedestrian. Xiong-an is located …

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Xiamen Airport City Master Plan Enhancement Recommendations

Xiamen is building its new airport. It will have a super capacity of 62 million passengers and one million metric tonnes of cargo annual throughput by the Year 2030. Like many airports in China, it is also planning its airport city which immediately surrounds the airport. For Xiamen, the new airport is located on an …

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Zhengzhou International Airport Phase 3 Expansion Master Plan

Among China’s large airports, Zhengzhou International (CGO) is considered one of the luckiest, grows the fastest, and has the strongest support from the local government. Speaking of luck, CGO was chosen by Apple’s Asia Sidekick Foxconn in 2010 to build one of the largest iPhone manufacturing plants right on airport property. The reason is that …

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Linyi INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT (LYI) TERMINAL 3 Architectural Design

Linyi is a city in China’s Shandong province. Its international airport was originally built in 1958, and later expanded in 1991 and again in 2016. The current passenger terminal 2 was built in 2017. In recent years, with LYI’s passenger throughput exploding, it has been operating under capacity for several years. A new terminal is …

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Mega Cargo Airport Master Plan and Sortation Hub Architectural Design

Global e-commerce consumption is exploding and inducing a dramatic expansion of air cargo facilities around the world. China’s adoption of the “One Belt One Road” strategy, has added to the confidence level of this huge expansion. SAAN was invited to participate in an international design competition for a greenfield airport being planned at a location …

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Xi-an International Airport Bonded Zone Master Plan & Architectural Design

The Xi-an Airport Bonded Zone has a planning structure of “1-Heart and 5-Districts”. One Heart is the comprehensive service center; Five Districts refer to the sales service area, innovation service area, integrated logistics area, aviation industry area, and a variety of processing areas. Our master plan aims to create a brand-new, functionally diverse, comprehensive bonded …

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