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    Shinryo Corporation

    UNIGEN Inc. Gifu Plant

    Ikeda, Gifu, Japan

Project Summary

UNIGEN Inc. engaged Shinryo Corporation to build a five-story, reinforced concrete plant with 14,000 square meters of floor space to hold multiple 21,000-liter culture tanks. This advanced technology production plant will provide one-stop service from initial development to mass production for the manufacture of biopharmaceuticals. UNIGEN requested early shipping, so Shinryo needed to maximize efficiency and prevent reworking. The pharmaceutical production facilities require high-performance equipment that is appropriately connected by many pipes and ducts.

Shinryo arranged the design drawings created by engineers from over 20 companies participating in the project into the limited space of the new facility. Using MicroStation, they quickly built a highly accurate BIM model by building a work environment that 30 people could simultaneously access to collaborate, share information, conduct checking work via real-time referencing, and facilitate the resolution of problems and the smooth execution of the project.

The construction started on schedule and proceeded as planned. Those involved in the construction said it was managed more efficiently than they had ever seen before – due in part to the BIM model. For instance, using the BIM model for spatial correlation allowed the construction to proceed smoothly and efficiently. Using BIM enabled the creation of a composite model that combined multiple items to acquire properties not possible with the individual components.

Shinryo Corporation used MicroStation, Bentley View, and other third-party software to design the plant in 3D and build a collaborative work environment. The MicroStation BIM model made it possible to optimize the use of space and proactively resolve many issues that arose during the project. MicroStation also facilitated smooth spatial correlations and made it possible for engineers with specialized knowledge to come up with new ideas that improved the overall design.
  • The construction started on schedule and proceeded as planned.
  • The spatial correlation work, if done using 2D information, would have required 20 people working 120 days, but thanks to the efficient operation of the MicroStation BIM model, the work was completed in 75 days with just 15 people.