Using parametric models of robotic assembly equipment, we optimized the size of a manufacturing facility to accommodate equipment without making it so large that it generated excessive utility costs.
For a vaccine production facility, the overall MEP scope was under budget, our approach cut nearly 10 weeks off the critical path, and the owner met the desired goal of beating its “historical best” timeline by three months – nearly 10%.
Enhancing Delivery of Facilities with BIM Technology
Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology represents an approach to architectural and engineering design that delivers a multitude of benefits around the delivery of technically complex projects. Using BIM, we have developed alternative approaches which have helped our clients achieve lower first costs, reduced operational costs, compressed construction timelines and improved overall performance.
BIM Provides Control over Challenging Fast-track Capital Projects, Expansions or Major Renovations
Build the project virtually and check for accuracy
Build the “real” project accurately from the virtual BIM model
Build it twice, once in the computer, once in the field
BIM Helps Shave Construction Costs by as Much as 10-15%
Database-driven platform that tracks all project design information and manages it within a single file location
Quantify the project, i.e. material take-offs, cost estimates, project phasing, etc.
Real-time spreadsheet and schedule generation via database
Collectively sharing BIM model data to understand and visualize as full-color, digital 3D models in real-time
BIM Offers Operational Advantages
Facilitates more energy efficient design and supports analysis of building lifecycle behaviors
Ability to track utility requirements associated with materials and/or equipment
Project database simplifies record-keeping and provides clarity regarding building components and system configurations...helping to reduce maintenance costs.
"Enhancing Delivery of Complex Facilities with Building Information Modeling (BIM) Technology", Andrew A. Signore, PE, PMP-DBIA, CPIP and Steve Franey, RA; Pharmaceutical Engineering, September/October 2009, Volume 29, Number 5