Source: John Pletz, Crain's Chicago Business

The same computer-modeling technology that helps Boeing Co. design airplanes and weather forecasters predict hurricanes will be used to remake the old U.S. Steel South Works plant on the Far South Side. The massive 589-acre project by McCaffery Interests Inc., called Lakeside, is the size of a small town and will have equally huge ramifications on the South Side for decades to come.

Charlie Catlett, a computer researcher at the Computation Institute run by University of Chicago and Argonne National Laboratory, is leading a project called LakeSim that will help planners at Skidmore Owings & Merrill LLP design it.

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