BIM methodology for project management

BIM methodology for project management

Imagine that you have to cross a maze. Once you enter, you will probably not find the right path and will get lost several times before finding the exit. This will cause that it takes you a long time to cross the maze. Now imagine that you have a GPS with a map of the maze and that always allows you to know which direction to take. This will allow you to cross the maze much faster and probably without making mistakes.

This situation is perfectly extrapolated to a real situation where:

  • The person who must cross the labyrinth = technical team (Laboratory & Klinea)
  • The labyrinth = a project
  • GPS = BIM

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a project management methodology that consists on the creation of an intelligent 3D model that allows us to manage documents, coordinate and simulate throughout the project life cycle (planning, design, construction , operations and maintenance).

BIM methodology allows a multidisciplinary and collaborative design that encompasses all sectors of construction: architecture, civil works, industry and engineering; with its various stakeholders: owners, developers, installers, technology implementers and machinery manufacturers. BIM makes it possible to manage the entire life cycle of a construction (conceptual, basic and detail engineering, execution and maintenance management). It provides useful and relevant information from all the parties involved and allows coordinating all the documentation generated throughout the design and construction phases. This documentation will allow reaching different levels of information, from 3D to 7D (explained later).

Its main advantage is the reliable representation of reality that allows reaching a level of detail that avoids many complications in the implementation phase of a new project. It is especially interesting to eliminate collisions and interference in the design phase.

How we use BIM at Klinea:

  • Feasibility study, Site Master Plan & Conceptual Engineering: it allows us to visualize spaces for good decision making and allows the client to project the scope of the investment.
  • Detailed engineering: generation of a reliable model for the planned installation, avoiding interferences for the correct coordination of the work and mitigating possible setbacks during the installation.
  • As Built: accurate modelling that represents exactly what can be found in reality.

A question that we usually find ourselves with is how to transfer existing facilities to a BIM model to carry out a new project in them (e.g. convert an area that used to be dedicated to primary packaging into a fill & finish area). Currently, laser scanning technology allows a point cloud to be made. This system allows capturing and measuring existing As-built elements. An exact orthogonal representation will be obtained, without geometric errors. All the necessary information will be collected and, finally, the new project of the existing areas can be integrated into BIM.

In addition, there is also the possibility of reaching different levels of information, which can range from 3D to 7D. Depending on the type of project and its phase, the level of specificity is chosen in order to optimize the BIM tool.

The presence of BIM in construction projects around the world is increasing due to the large number of advantages it offers. At Klinea we could not be left behind in this regard, given the complexity and criticality of our projects within the pharmaceutical industry. Therefore, we decided to implement this methodology, which improves the quality of our work and provides guarantee and peace of mind to our clients.

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