BIMdustrial Plant: The History of an $800 Million Petrochemical Plant | Autodesk University

December 10, 2019

The handover of a 3D model is an old standard practice in the industrial plant market-one that nowadays has to be integrated with the Building Information Modeling (BIM) approach. This presentation will walk you through the journey that an engineering, procurement, and construction (EPC) contractor took by implementing BIM inside its typical design workflow for an $800 million petrochemical plant in the Middle East. We will demonstrate how to perform civil and structural design using Revit software from conceptual up to construction documentation delivery, and how to take full advantage of 3D modeling for plant project coordination and information management. Thanks to this method of collecting and delivering model data in an efficient manner, it's possible to recognize potential risks, impacts, and conflicts-and to take action in order to bring the project to success. Finally, the class will briefly discuss the project and process BIM implementation benefits, together with the related risks for a general contractor.

Key Learnings

  • Discover how the BIM approach has been integrated in the company consolidated design workflow for industrial plants
  • Understand the productivity improvements gained utilizing the BIM approach on industrial plant design
  • Learn how to use Revit to manage the civil and structural design and documentation of an industrial plant
  • Discover how these potential benefits have been capitalized on in a real megaproject

Marco Mellacqua
is a CAE System Engineer at Maire Tecnimont a worldwide general contractor with a specific focus on the oil & gas, petrochemicals and fertilizer processing industries. He obtained his master’s degree at Politecnico di Milano with thesis abroad on Building Information Modeling and Management at Northumbria University UK. During the degree activities he collaborated to the research project, funded by the Italian Ministry of Economic Development, for setting up the Italian BIM construction database in order to push a radical innovation into the Italian construction sector. In the last years he is strongly involved in BIM methodology development for plant design and information management of engineering data.

Elisa Bacchi was born in 1972, Italian, Architecture Degree in 1998 at Milan Polytechnic University. Starting as university researcher, Elisa Bacchi took the specialization in Industrial Plant civil engineering since 2001, finalizing the main work experiences with Maire Tecnimont Group since 2006, a leading provider of Engineering & Construction, Technology & Licensing, and Energy Business Development & Ventures worldwide, with a specific focus on the oil & gas, power, petrochemicals and fertilizer processing industries.Working as technical engineer and project coordinatorabout civil and architectural design for some oflargest Industrial Complex under Tecnimont Construction scope of work , she was appointedCivil Project Leader since 2010, and actually Civil and Architectural Group Leader since 2013.She is leading on TecnimontBIM System MethodologyDevelopment since 2010.

Davide Decarolis received his master's degree in Building Systems Engineering from the Politecnico di Bari, Italy. After spending one period working in a research project about innovative solution for energy efficiency in construction industry funded by the European community, he joined Maire Tecnimont Group Oil and Gas and Petrochemicals International Player in Milan as a civil and architectural engineer. Thanks to his aptitude for technology and innovation, he quickly became part of the BIM Development Group. Now he is involved daily in coordinating the structural modeling process and the related workflows for the ongoing projects of the Group.

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