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Sellafield installs another ‘BIM Cave’ at nuclear decommissioning site

by Sion Geschwindt
Sellafield installs another 'BIM Cave' at nuclear decommissioning site

Sellafield Ltd has introduced a second 4D ‘BIM cave’ at its Sellafield Product and Residue Store Retreatment Plant (SRP) construction site office in Warrington.

This follows the introduction of the project’s first BIM cave earlier this year on the Sellafield site.

Having two BIM caves improves collaboration across the project team, allowing the team to share the project model on and off the Sellafield site, coordinate planning and build sequencing, and ensure all stakeholders have an immersive insight into the project at any time, the company said.

So far the BIM cave has mainly been used to display data from a 4D model which combines standard 3D models with schedule information.

The model, which is now live linked between the project’s Sellafield site and Warrington offices, and the 4D planning team, is providing real-time updates on construction progress.

Steve Harnwell, Sellafield Product and Residue Store Retreatment Plant, delivery director, said: “Increasing our BIM capability enhances the project’s daily ‘line of sight’ planning by improving the connection between our team members in Cumbria and Warrington to visualise the project plan and build sequencing.

“We can be looking well ahead of where we are with construction today, reducing risks, the potential for costly delays and we’re already safely accelerating construction in some areas.

“There are also significant safety benefits, we now have a live camera feed from the site which means our team members and stakeholders can see what’s going on from the safety of the office, allowing us to avoid the physical risks associated with being on a construction site.

“We’re continuing to upskill members of the team on the technology which will benefit every phase of the project lifecycle, even long after the build is complete and operational.”

The Sellafield Product and Residue Store Retreatment Plant is expected to be ready for active commissioning in 2027 at which point it will safely receive all special nuclear material packages from existing storage locations across the Sellafield site before retreating them into new 100-year packages for safe storage.

The Programme and Project Partners brings together KBR, Jacobs, Morgan Sindall Infrastructure, Doosan and Sellafield Ltd to deliver a 20-year pipeline of major infrastructure projects, each of these projects play a vital role in ensuring Sellafield can safely empty ponds and silos, manage the waste and store it safely for decades to come.

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