Use of BIM technology
It is a methodology based on 3D modelling. However, just speaking about drawing generation would be remaining on the surface. BIM technology goes way beyond that since it allows for real time knowledge of every single aspect
Our Fire Protection division and HVAC division have been using this technology nearly since the start which allows for a coordinated synchronization and detailed information about the project status report: Project Execution Guide.
Today, we would like to describe how our Fire Protection division utilises this methodology and how it differentiates from the old methodologies. Moreover, application of BIM in a real project in Switzerland: The CERN.
Showing our expertise at the CERN
A huge and complex project like the CERN requires the use of the latest technologies. In this case, BIM methodology allows for the perfect combination to offer the highest quality and best coordination for the project.
In order to undertake a project of this dimension, our Fire Protection Division has followed a meticulous project coordination plan which has enabled a successful outcome. To do so, management of information has been key to ensure a smart product life cycle in the field.
Various departments work together towards the same end in Arce Clima, especially onsite and the Engineering team. BIM allows us to have the best model-based approach in response to demand from the marketplace for product information.
Counting on an exact positioning of the installation allows us to make a realistic project, receiving files, databases etc.. with constructions and installations adopting its design extensiveness. Our Engineering team ensure to deliver 100% realistic drawings which minimise errors onsite and also maximise benefits. Not only the right amount of materials is sent but also time to solve problems is reduced.
It would be unbelievable to tackle such an important installation like the CERN without using BIM technologies. Time to project drawings would be endless and products/materials precision would not be as accurate as doing it with BIM. In fact, use of every single element with its own attributes and specific parameters would not be that agile and efficient using another methodology.
BIM and old ways of working!
BIM is impacting design and craft labour as well. While 3D BIM is more design-intensive because it requires more steps, the extra work during design is more than compensated in the field benefits.
It would be unthinkable to do this project without BIM: our Engineering team has leveraged the use of Revit, Naviswork, Fusion… to carry out a deep analysis on the energy model in order to reduce electric energy consumption.
Gone are the days when using 2D programmes one had to do thousands of trial error based developments to achieve the milestones set. There might not be a better way to appreciate this by taking a glance at the pictures below: one can see how the installation was designed at our offices and how was executed onsite: a minimum difference between the 3D design and the works onsite.
Arce Clima are committed to the future of BIM
BIM is deployed in many different projects in which Arce Clima actively participate throughout the year. For that reason, engineering and integration of the latest technologies are key to deliver the best projects to our long-term clients.
Design, supply, Installation and maintenance of the Super Proton Synchrotron Fire sprinklers protection system (FSPS) project will be described in the next post showing our know-how applied in one of the most complex nuclear research centres in the world. That is why we pride ourselves for the work done from our Fire Protection Division.
Stay tuned to learn more about the development of FSPS in detail!