Company NewsJanuary 6, 2023

Future proofing Japan from natural disasters

How Pacific Consultants uses the 3DEXPERIENCE Cloud platform to manage land conservation and landslide prevention projects.

Flooding and landslides are a significant threat to the residents of Japan’s mountainous terrain. Located over four tectonic plates, the country is prone to natural disasters such as earthquakes and tsunamis, and must put extensive protection measures in place to keep its people safe. One such company specialized in this matter is Pacific Consultants (PCKK). The Japanese civil engineering firm is responsible for all manner of urban development projects but is known for using its engineering know-how to deliver comprehensive protection systems, which directly stop mud and landslides.

Because of the nature of PCKK’s work, it must be able to design effective erosion control weirs, also known as check dams, as quickly as possible. When an emergency occurs, it’s unthinkable for calculations and mitigation proposals to take weeks. The company’s engineers need to be able to calculate sediment volumes in a matter of seconds and quickly turn out a range of check dam designs complete with accurate costings.

Before, this wasn’t possible. But since the company has implemented the 3DEXPERIENCE platform – moving from 2D drawings to parametric design – it is not only working faster but more intelligently.

“When an emergency such as a landslide occurs and the race is on to repair a dam as quickly as possible, we can propose suitable solutions instantly and make informed decisions,” said Yasushi Ito, principal engineer in the Quality and Technology Development at PCKK.

Today, PCKK uses design knowledge templates, which store predefined 3D modelling rules for specific projects. The 3DEXPERIENCE platform’s inbuilt methodology connects the dots between design, engineering and infrastructure maintenance, and improves productivity. This new approach encourages PCKK’s engineers not only to be more creative and try out new ideas, but also to achieve a healthy work-life balance.

Read the full story to discover exactly how PCKK takes advantage of the 3DEXPERIENCE platform to speed up development time, remove inefficiencies, effectively retain and share its expertise, and support workstyle reforms.

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