• UCB Biopharma sprl

    UCB SA

    Braine-l'Alleud, Belgium

Project Summary

UCB SA is a global biopharmaceutical company with a research and production facility located in Braine-l’Alleud, Walloon Brabant, Belgium. The company initiated an environmental project to progressively reduce carbon dioxide emissions over a 13-year period to reach neutrality by 2030. The company used on-site solar panels as a viable solution to help reach its target. To complete the project effectively, UCB needed to perform the necessary analyses required for integrating solar panels and determine optimal locations for the panels.

To meet this objective, the project team used Bentley’s ContextCapture to model the 50-hectare site and generate an accurate 3D engineering-ready reality mesh from aerial and ground photography. Additionally, the team used Bentley Descartes to create integrated scanner point clouds to improve depictions during final modeling. The 3D model enabled rapid and accurate analysis and optioneering. It also allowed UCB SA to calculate actual and planned quantities, as well as obtain precise measurements for construction companies and internal management for installing the solar panels.

Modeling the site in 3D enabled UCB SA to have better visibility and support for management in decision making. The objective is to progressively reduce CO2 emissions over a 13-year period to reach neutrality in 2030, which means a reduction of 8 percent a year. The use of many solar panels should enable the production of 1 million kilowatts per hour (peak), which accounts for around 2.5 percent of the site consumption. The overall 3D model of the site enables the integration of any new project to use solar panels on the roofs of buildings and the site.

ContextCapture automatically processed images into accurate 3D reality meshes, documenting existing conditions of the UCB SA site to help reduce CO2 levels. USB SA plans to use the 3D model in the future for other purposes, such as defining a safety plan, mapping the noises of the facilities, and mapping the utilities.

Project Playbook: AECOsim Building Designer, Descartes, ContextCapture, MicroStation
  • UCB SA explored photogrammetry using Bentley’s reality modeling software as a method for site survey to integrate solar panels to reduce carbon dioxide emissions.
  • UCB SA used ContextCapture to model its 50-hectare site to have better visibility and support for management in decision making.
  • ContextCapture provided UCB SA with the ability to successfully document existing conditions of its site and reduce CO2 levels by producing 1 million kilowatts per hour with solar panels, which equals to 2.5 percent of the site consumption.
  • In the future, this 3D model will be used to define safety plans, map facility noises, and map utilities.
  • “UCB SA, focused on the concept of Industry 4.0, corresponds to a new way of organizing production means… to set up ‘smart factories’ capable of better adaptability in production and more effective allocation of resources. 3D modeling of our site using ContextCapture provides geo-referencing and allocates geographical coordinates to our elements. Using this modeling, and based on orthophoto drawings, we integrate our official data on a land registry, waterways, and buildings. With the contribution from OpenPlant Modeler and OpenPlant Isometrics, our facilities are drawn in 3D with precision and with automatic detection of clashes between pipes, structures, and equipment.”

    Joseph Ciarmoli Head of CADengineering UCB SA