BIM becomes a Standard Practice in Construction Projects for Oil & Gas Industry
Projects across utility industry particularly for oil and gas refinery construction and pipeline engineering are growing in terms of complexity and size. To manage the construction and development of such huge projects, professionals are making use of virtual design and construction technologies. This involves generation and management of digital data (associated with 3D geometry).
Another reason that has incentivized the growth of BIM adoption across utility industry is the governments BIM Level2 mandate and the withdrawal of funding for centrally procured projects that do not use BIM Level 2 by 2016.
A building information model hence works as a repository of knowledge and facilitates informed decision making throughout the project lifecycle from concept, design to construction and operation.
For the oil and gas industry BIM capabilities can be successfully leveraged to enable successful production transport and distribution of products.
BIM is changing the way construction projects for oil and gas sector are managed:
BIM solutions are used for Engineering and fabrication. Some firms still rely on 2D drawings; however there are also a number of firms that understand how transformative BIM can help the utility industry introduce cost, time and energy efficiency in the best manner.
VDC capabilities can be used for scheduling, quantity take off, cost estimation, energy efficiency and hassle free operation and maintenance of facility and equipment.
- The entire design process for plant equipment, pipe spooling, electric systems and structures can be made efficient by using 3D models populated with accurate and relevant information in a standardized format.
- The centralized repository of information made available by BIM, allows project engineers and contractors gain more control over the construction projects for oil refineries construction and expansion and alleviate any kind of wastage of time, material, processes and money – thus drive better ROI.
- Key decision makers and professionals like owners, contractors, engineers, steel detailers and fabricators working on construction and pipeline infrastructure projects for the oil and gas industry are the ones who can experience firsthand benefits of building information modeling.
BIM – GIS integration
Although GIS and BIM operate in seemingly different spheres, they both are of high value for each other. Complete BIM solutions for the oil and gas industry are driven by the increasing popularity of GIS Enabled Asset Design and Modeling systems.
Oil and gas industry uses GIS to store geo referenced asset attributes, engineering data and a schematic view of networks for MEP systems, oil and gas transport pipelines, waste water collection, pipeline mapping etc.
Now all the geo spatial information provided by GIS, is absolutely necessary to populate BIM models and not only enable design and engineering but also allow operational efficiency and easy maintenance.
BIM GIS integration should focus more on interoperability at a semantic level. Employment of computing technologies is yet another potential area that needs to be explored. This will lead to extended applicability of model to real projects.
TrueCADD specializes in delivering BIM solutions for real estate development, and infrastructural development projects for oil and gas industry. The company also holds experience in extending support for asset development and facility operation and management requirements.
BIM experts at TrueCADD efficiently extract data from GIS, CAD, satellite imagery and point clouds and integrate all the relevant and accurate information into BIM, so that the model can be leveraged to introduce better planning and execution across project lifecycle.