• Fitzpatrick Engineering Group

    Octapharma Blood Plasma Facility

    Charlotte, North Carolina, United States

Project Summary


Octapharma’s life-saving human plasma products help with intensive care, emergency medicine, and many chronic diseases. The main goal of this USD 26 million project in Charlotte, North Carolina, was to replace outsourced testing operations and expand internal warehouse and processing capabilities, which would save Octapharma USD 1 million per month. With this amount of money on the line, meeting the tight schedule was crucial on this project.


Fitzpatrick Engineering Group realized that keeping the steel data in 3D as long as possible was critical to meeting the schedule. With AECOsim Building Designer’s enhanced CIS/2 export, Fitzpatrick Engineering Group could share accurate model data repeatedly with the detailer. This iterative workflow ensured the detailer had the most accurate and up-to-date information and virtually eliminated the need for the detailer to recreate data from 2D documents.


Fitzpatrick Engineering Group was able to compress the construction schedule by eight weeks, by sharing accurate structural model data early and often with the detailer in the design phase. And with accurate data in an accessible format, the detailer eliminated errors reentering and recreating data. As a result, Fitzpatrick Engineering Group needed about one-third less time to review the fabrication package.


Using Bentley software, Fitzpatrick Engineering Group was able to implement a better, more efficient way to deliver structural steel on-time and help Octapharma save USD 2 million. Fitzpatrick Engineering Group used RAM Structural System for analysis, AECOsim Building Designer for design and modeling, and MicroStation PowerDraft for drafting. The integration between RAM Structural System and AECOsim Building Designer helped shorten the time needed to prepare construction documents, and Bentley software’s interoperability made it easy for Fitzpatrick Engineering Group to collaborate with design and construction teams who used Revit.
  • AECOsim’s interoperability enabled sharing the model with the design and construction teams in Revit format and with the detailer in CIS/2 format.
  • The ability to send reliable and accurate structural data and updates to a detailer has helped Fitzpatrick cut their shop drawing review time by one third.
  • Fitzpatrick Engineering Group has shortened the construction schedule by eight weeks, eliminated RFIs and change orders, and helped Octapharma save USD 2 million.
User Quote:
  • “Working in AECOsim and sharing our model data has allowed our small firm to provide a USD 2 million savings for this project by compressing the delivery of the structural steel package.”

    Douglas G. Fitzpatrick, P.E. President Fitzpatrick Engineering Group