Industry: Oil and Gas, Process and Power
Product: OpenBuildings, OpenPlant, OpenRoads, Bentley Raceway and Cable Management, AutoPIPE, ProStructures, LumenRT, SYNCHRO, ProjectWise, Navigator
User: CISDI Engineering, MCC Capital Engineering & Research, MCC Capital, China Nuclear Industry 24 Construction Company, Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute
Country: China

October 21, 2019

BIM Projects in China Using Bentley’s Open Applications Are Setting a Higher Bar in Manufacturing and Power Generation

Four projects nominated as finalists and a fifth nomination in the Advancements in Manufacturing and Power Generation categories in the Year in Infrastructure 2019 Awards are setting new standards for efficiency and environmental sustainability in China. All five are massive projects and all are being completed in record time. What do they have in common? They are all using Bentley’s open modeling applications to advance their multidiscipline BIM authoring practices. The extraordinary projects include a blast furnace, a strip casting and rolling plant, an ultra-high-pressure primary reheat turbine generator, a nuclear power plant, and a CO2 emissions reduction plant.

A finalist in the Advancements in Manufacturing category, CISDI Engineering is building the world’s largest blast furnace for Tata Steel as part of the Belt and Road development between India and China. Using Bentley’s open applications along with ProjectWise and SYNCHRO, the design team is fast-tracking the project to complete it in less than two years. The team is using OpenPlant, OpenBuildings, AutoPIPE, and Bentley Raceway and Cable Management across multiple disciplines at three office locations. To date, the project has saved over CNY 3 million using Bentley’s ProjectWise to collaboratively manage design work across the distributed team, improving work processes and reducing rework.

An additional finalist in Advancements in Manufacturing, MCC Capital Engineering & Research Inc, is using OpenPlant, Siemens’ SolidEdge, and SYNCHRO, together with ProjectWise, to design and construct China’s first (and the world’s third) CASTRIPTM strip casting and rolling production process. This new steel making process uses about a fifth of the energy consumption of traditional hot rolling processes and produces a quarter of the CO2, while reducing the length of the production line from 800 meters to 50 meters. MCC CERI created a digital twin of the factory, and trained operations personnel virtually, including sessions on emergency simulation and accident prevention. The project team also used a digital twin to carry out quality analysis, process tracking, defect diagnosis, and quality prediction. Using Bentley’s technology, MCC CERI shortened the project schedule by five months and saved CNY 25 million in project costs.

MCC CERI is also conducting an innovative project that is now a benchmark for sustainable gas power generation in China. The 80-megawatt, high-temperature, ultra-high-pressure primary reheat turbine generator project reuses energy waste and gases from iron- and steel-making processes. Using Bentley’s open applications, including OpenPlant, AutoPIPE, and ProStructures, the team performed pipeline stress calculations to select and arrange supports and hangers and ensure the safety of the pipeline network. Moreover, several measures were adopted to improve the efficiency of the generator unit and ensure its stability. The design of this project was completed in four months, and the use of SYNCHRO 4D construction simulation reduced the construction period by five months.

“Bentley’s integrated software solution is incomparable for the convenience of industrial engineering construction, giving us unlimited possibilities for innovative design,” said Bingsong Yang, BIM project manager, MCC Capital Engineering & Research Incorporation Ltd.

Bentley’s open modeling applications have enabled China Nuclear Industry 24 Construction Company to achieve an 87% efficiency improvement over traditional manual approaches for the Haiyang Nuclear Power Plant Project. This CNY 40 billion plant is one of the largest nuclear power plants in China and is using third-generation AP1000 nuclear power plant technology. Using iModels improved the entire construction process through tighter integration of design information with construction work packages, while also incorporating BIM standards. The project is a finalist in the Advancements in Power Generation category.

“The overall solution provided by Bentley has realized the digitization of the design and construction process of more than 13,000 tons of steel, 42,000 cubic meters of concrete, and more than 3,300 tons of rebar. The digitization provided an efficient and synergistic working platform, so that the project can be constructed with high quality and efficiency, and the nuclear safety can be ensured from the source of construction,” said Yong Ye, deputy director of Department of Science & Technology and Information/Responsible Person of BIM Technology Research, China Nuclear Industry 24 Construction Co., Ltd.

Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute, a finalist in the Advancements in Power Generation category, is using Bentley’s open applications and ProjectWise on a highly collaborative and innovative project that will reduce CO2 emissions, improve irrigation to 80,000 farms, and streamline shipping on an inland waterway. The project is part of a strategic development plan for the Hanjiang River in Hubei province, stretching from Danjiangkou City along the Hanjiang River to the Yangtze River in Wuhan. Working across 12 disciplines with 32 designers, the team established a completely BIM-driven strategy to design several buildings, a new power plant, and a new irrigation system, as well as to expand the shipping channel. The team developed 3D models within the scope of work and completed the entire project design in 45 days.

“Bentley’s hydropower solutions have solved problems, such as difficult discipline coordination, compact equipment space, and difficult engineering arrangements. They also helped us visualize and coordinate the overall project design. Moreover, the solutions enabled us to develop demonstrative and transferable BIM design experience on navigation junction projects to improve overall design quality and project efficiency,” said Zhongyuan Zuo, director of BIM Technology Center, Hunan Hydro & Power Design Institute.

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