Industrial piping consists of planning and building a piping system to carry fluids, liquids and/or gases. Piping in the pharmaceutical industry is extremely complex, especially when compared to other types of buildings, and calls for a great deal of planning.
This is why using BIM makes more sense than ever as it allows you to set the specifications of each pipe and check its feasibility in the 3D model. In this post we’ll explore the aspects to bear in mind when using BIM to plan a piping system for the pharmaceutical industry.
Using BIM Libraries
The BIM libraries which come by default in Revit, the most used BIM software, do not contain the type of piping used in the pharmaceutical industry. So it’s crucial to have your own BIM libraries tailored to the industry’s specifications.
At A3D we have proprietary libraries with 95% of the specifications already in place due to our vast experience in BIM for piping systems in the pharmaceutical industry. These libraries are crucial to ensure quality and flexibility in BIM for piping systems.
When carrying out BIM work for a piping system in the pharmaceutical industry, you have to factor in the construction of each type of pipe since each component has very specific features you need to know about: flanges, welds, elbow radii, etc.
BIM for piping means you can, for example, ensure access to each weld or change of material. This is an issue you simply cannot ignore since ensuring proper pipe maintenance is crucial in the pharmaceutical industry.
Designing your own specifications
At A3D we always recommend working with your own specifications based on regulations and ensuring that all associated documentation (isometric, lists of materials, joints, etc.) is as precise as possible. This is the only way to avert unexpected problems when constructing and using piping systems in pharmaceutical industry buildings.
A3D’s experience in BIM Piping
Our experience in developing piping systems in BIM for the pharmaceutical industry confirms that this methodology is the solution of choice for this kind of project. Crafting a BIM model and previewing it in 3D makes it possible to preclude errors arising from a poor 2D drawing, the conventional way of drawing which is now used less and less in this challenging industry.