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Delivering Bulgari's New Workshop with BIM

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Delivering Bulgari's New Workshop with BIM

Peter Smisek

26 February 2018

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BUILDING information modelling (BIM) has been used to deliver an impressive new workshop for Italian jewelry and luxury goods brand Bulgari.  

The project team - led by Bologna-based architecture and engineering firm, Open Project - worked in a BIM environment to design and construct the new facility in Valenza, northern Italy. 

Comprising two separate buildings - a completely rebuilt and extended goldsmith's workshop from 1860 and a brand new factory - the new complex symbolises the "tradition, craftsmanship and modernity" of the Bulgari brand. 

Above: Bulgari's new complex includes a replica of an old jeweller's workshop that once stood on the site. Below: The new factory tries to capture the elegance of the brand (images courtesy of Open Project).

The project's complex integration of architecture, security, mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) and structure, as well as tight deadlines, drove the team to work in a BIM environment from the early stages of pre-construction. 

Above: Working in a BIM environment helped the project team achieve tight deadlines (image courtesy of Autodesk Building Solutions).

The project team developed graphical and non-graphical information models and then federated (combined) them to view the complete project data set.

Different organisations within the project team were able to view the federated model through browser-based viewers, collaborating to resolve clashes and develop the detailed design from different geographic locations. 

The information model was used extensively during the tendering stages, enabling suppliers and sub-contract partners to fully understand design proposals. It also helped to optimise the building's performance, earning it a LEED Gold Certification.

Above: The factory's outer metallic skin was modelled in specialist software before being incorporated into the main digital model ( image courtesy of Autodesk Building Solutions).

3D modelling the factory's external aluminium skin, which is offset from the building by six metres to create a unified external appearance, required specialist software which was integrated with the rest of the federated digital model.

During construction, the project's programme was linked to the data in the information model (a process known as 4D BIM) allowing the team to anticipate and resolve any possible scheduling and construction conflicts that might arise on site.

Above: 4D BIM was used during the construction process (image courtesy of Open Project).

Working in a BIM environment has helped the project to complete in just 18 months. The new workshop is expected to employ some 300 jewelers by 2020.

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