Today's integrated project environments, where multiple parties are responsible for design, construction, and commissioning of the final facility turnover to the client, require close collaboration and integration of design deliverables without compromising intellectual property (IP), forcing changes in individual company work-processes, or incurring data loss. The current business model foresees the 3D graphic exchanged once or twice during the life of the project to ensure interference-free design; otherwise, the constructor must perform manual take-offs or remodel the entire scope to ensure all installable components are accounted for in installation plans and estimates.
Major advantages can be derived for design, procurement, and construction, including earlier project start-up, ability to share information in joint venture or sub-contracting environments, verification of information, reuse of information, and improved documentation, inspection, installation, and operation of engineered systems and processes.
This project kicked off in February 2011 and has been using output from the iRING Tools Interfacing Project. The project team needs EPCs using different design platforms, owners seeking ultimate product, and software providers, all willing to work as a team to make the neutral model a reality. Additionally, the project team would like members to identify use cases.
Glen Worrall, Bentley Systems
AVEVA, Bechtel, Bentley Systems, CH2MHILL, The Dow Chemical Company, Hatch, Intergraph, Noumenon, WorleyParsons, and Zachry Construction
The deliverables will include a roadmap checklist and associated work process defining minimum requirements for model exchanges. These will then be shared with the Fiatech Information Integration & Data Management Roadmap team to develop the associated neutral file definition to support the minimum exchange requirements.