Arup developing BIM tool for concept design of future particle accelerator

Credit: Arup
Credit: Arup

Arup are known to push limits and think outside the box, and their latest project is another fine example.

Following on from the likes of their mind-blowing Project OVE, Arup are to begin work on another intriguing project; the professional services firm have been appointed by CERN to complete a conceptual Building Information Modelling design of a Future Circular Collider (FCC), a much longer version of the Large Hadron Collider (LHC) at nearly four times the size.

Arup are working closely with project partners Géotechnique Appliquée Dériaz S.A. (GADZ) and Amberg Engineering AG to make sure their BIM tool works as effectively as possible. The aim of implementing BIM at the genesis stage of the project is to improve efficiency and aid cost effective decisions for CERN, as well as inform performance, risk and cost optimized options for the FCC, which is a 100 km long, circular particle-accelerator tunnel.

To help with the project, Arup have also created a web-based GIS application which will integrate various geological data sources which will bring together geological, tunnelling and particle collider system constraints in a user-friendly digital environment.

Matt Sykes, Project Director, Arup spoke about the exciting project. He said: “Using BIM this early on in the design process is invaluable. It allows us to make critical decisions using data that can be easily visualised, enabling the team to make decisions with a clear overview of the multiple, highly complex components of this ground breaking project. We’re delighted to be working with such a far-sighted client and strong project team to help CERN achieve its objective to break new boundaries in particle physics research.”

Also commenting about Arup’s BIM tool was a CERN Civil Engineer, John Osbourne. He described Arup’s BIM tool as “crucial”. He stated: “Several layouts for this new machine are under consideration, with the tunnel circumference ranging from 80 to 100km. This tool being developed by Arup, will be crucial in the decision making process, to help decide which layout is most feasible.”

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