Hinkley Point C
In January 2008, the UK government gave the go-ahead to a new generation of nuclear power stations to be built, and in 2013, Hinkley Point C (HPC) was approved for construction. With an expected 10-year construction period, this massive project will provide low-carbon energy for around 6 million homes and be responsible for about 7% of the UK’s electricity. Currently, it is the largest infrastructure project in the UK with over 3,500 workers on-site and an estimated total cost of about £20bn.
Atkins, a multinational engineering and design company and member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, created the detailed structural design of the technical galleries of the new nuclear power station. The galleries are a series of underground reinforced concrete structures to be located beneath the site and some above-ground structures connecting services such as cooling water and electricity.
Coordination and Collaboration
Atkins deployed 3D Repo’s digital platform for BIM data to help them manage:
- Models created using different software applications;
- Detecting changes to the model by other teams;
- Handling design issues;
- Democratising data.
The client has many separate teams working on HPC and 3D models are created using various software applications. Atkins use 3D Repo to manage this as it allows them to federate models using many different file types regardless of size or software used to produce them.
3D Repo has also helped with categorising issues and communicating them internally within the team, e.g. whether the issue is an IFC export issue or a modelling error. All stakeholders can easily access the models and any associated issues, and provide feedback virtually. 3D Repo also helps with documentation of the process and the creation of validation reports.