BIM for the Energy & Utilities sector

A process for integrating the BIM methodology within the workflows of a global operator in the Energy & Utilities sector

The BIM methodology is the engine of the Digital Transformation and is the point of departure for creating the Digital Twin to support the entire value chain

 

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TEAM

The project involved a multidisciplinary team consisting of specialised and certified resources with BIM methodology and information technology expertise. The BIM competence centre includes resources acquired and trained in the Exprivia BIM Academy.
Exprivia is a member of the international association BuildingSmart, which is responsible for BIM methodology standardisation at global level, and actively participates in a number of working groups, including one on BIM & Blockchain.
It also collaborates with a network of specialised partners, such as software vendors and strategic consultants.

Context

Exprivia provided its expertise to define a process for integrating the BIM methodology within the workflows of a global operator in the Energy & Utilities sector.

Demand

The customer's request came out of the need to use BIM models to support engineering, construction and maintenance operations, maximising the integration of company processes and tools with the typical tools of BIM.
The ultimate goal is to digitalise the entire asset portfolio, enacting the concept of Digital Twin and exploiting its potential for the smart management of its assets.

The project

The project was divided into multiple streams to cover the customer's technical and operating requirements. Indeed, Exprivia carried out technology analysis and integration activities, as well as training and change management of the company's existing resources.

This process led the team to define company standards and guidelines for managing relationships with internal and external stakeholders, following the redefinition of roles and business processes. A significant part of the project involved identifying tools based on the use of the BIM methodology most suited to the needs of the Energy & Utilities sector, analysing the tools currently in use and integrating all systems.

The key points of the project were the use of OpenBIM technologies and protocols to allow for maximum interoperability within working groups and the centralisation of all data, eliminating information silos that have emerged over time.
The iterative process underpinning the project enabled the optimisation of the team's activities through continuous feedback from the parties involved. Fundamental to this was the performance of a series of pilot projects, allowing the testing, validation and improvement of project outputs.

Benefits

The project provided the customer with a series of advantages, including the optimisation of and better control over BIM-oriented business processes, in the various asset lifecycle phases (Design, Construction, Cost Control, Planning, Commissioning & Handover, O&M), the standardisation of project and company informational content, the optimisation of existing IT technologies and integration with new ones, in keeping with the company’s digital strategy and target architecture.