Engineering & BIM

In-house capacity, from foundations to finishing

Client centric engineering creates maximum value

At all times our clients and site teams can rely on the expertise and creativity of its in-house engineering department, with offices in Brussels and Dubai. Experiencing a steady growth since more than 4 decades today we are over 150 dedicated people having the right attitude, competences and experience to maximize the value of our projects for and with our clients. We honor the following principles:

  • Expertise at the service of our clients objectives. When developing the design of a project we spend as much time as possible in understanding and clarifying the clients brief. We can use our experience from projects and partner network around the globe to propose alternatives which increase the value for our clients. Having all necessary engineering knowledge ‘under one roof’ allows an efficient and integrated approach
  • First time right. Preparation and collaboration are key in achieving our first time right principle. To this end, we insure intense collaboration between on and off site teams.
  • Result oriented. Because we are embedded within a contractor we work on our ‘own’ projects. What distinguishes us from external engineering offices is that we always need to go till the last details.
  • Agile. In a fast changing world we see flexibility and agility as a core competence to create value. We are continuously analyzing which competences we should add to our engineering capabilities in order to address our client needs.
  • Focus what we do best, and link to the rest. While we are proud of who we are we also believe in the strength of partnering. We are constantly exploring and looking for new and sustainable partnerships in our efforts to create value.

By aligning our expertise with our client demands, the BESIX Engineering teams have developed centers of excellence focused on tall buildings (high rise, stadiums, offices, industrial), marine works (jetties, quay walls, breakwaters) and civil works (tunnels, bridges, infrastructure).

In order to ensure an entire supply chain approach our teams consist of architects, MEP engineers, structural and geotechnical engineers, façade and sustainability experts, concrete specialist, BIM managers and BIM experts. Besides our strong commitment to constructability and safety BESIX Engineering department can build on the expertise of an integrated methods and planning department.

By uniting the knowhow of our experts, many of which are also academic authorities in their field, we can offer full-fledged solutions addressing all of clients expectations and beyond.

Strength through diversity:


The design manager

Ensures the right balance is obtained between technical, financial and cost aspects of the works and is our ambassador towards our client and the site.

 


The geotechnical expert

Specifies the geotechnical site investigations, analyses the results and establishes a state of the art geotechnical design.



The method and planning engineer

Ensures the constructability in terms of safety and production of our designs.

 


The structural engineer 

is responsible for all engineering aspects of the project, the models, drawing and verification to secure practical an buildable structures

 


The BIM manager

is responsible to set up and follow up the agreed rules to manage both geometrical (3D models) as well as non-geometrical information (specifications, codes,…)

 


The production center

Takes care to produce the necessary high quality shop drawings within the agreed schedule 

  


The façade architect

Designs innovative façade concepts that comply with all architectural, structural, environmental and comfort requirements.

  


The sustainability expert

Develops concepts and solutions to improve the performance of our buildings in terms of environmental impact and energy consumption.

  


The concrete expert

Specifies the requirements on the concrete mix in accordance with the design and assist our sites to ensure a state of the art and durable execution of all concrete works.

BIG in BIM

The right information, at the right time to the right person.

That’s our main driver for the adoption of BIM.

BIM stands for Building Information Model or Management. Hence it covers both, the process and the underlying deliverables, often materialized through parametrized models. As we want to continue being a successful actor in the 4th industrial revolution, the digital revolution, BIM shall be considered as the cornerstone to link the physical and digital spheres in the construction industry.

Since 2010, BESIX has been embracing the new opportunities BIM has brought to the construction sector. We have created a strong team which has been involved in more than 70 tenders and projects worldwide. The successful implementation of BIM on these projects, relies on well trained people and the appropriate supporting technology, but also on our guiding principles:

  • First the needs, than the technology. Our BIM development and implementation philosophy start from understanding the needs (the functional requirements) and then selecting or developing the appropriate work flows,technology and software tools. The question shall always come before the answer. In this perspective, our BIM managers are trained in risk and opportunity driven BIM implementation.
  • User friendly and user specific – tailor made standardization. Thanks to our permanent involvement in different project types and sizes, we are used to adapt to the needs of our end users. Just in time and just enough information. Each stakeholder shall have a fluent, controlled and permanent access to the required information. This approach is facilitated through a standardized and modular approach, compatible but not interdependent working methods.
  • Open. To guarantee present and future compatibility and interoperability with our supply chain.
  • Financially accessible. The performance of integrated systems and technologies is often defined by the number of users willing to adopt it. A frequent obstacle is the high ‘entrance ticket’. Our goal is also to work on a business model that encourages wide adoption, maximizing the value for money.

BIM is currently used to provide visual support during simulations, design development, material approvals, communication with project stakeholders, 3D printing and prototyping, digital mock ups, 3D method statements and 4D construction schedule simulations. It also enhances the quality of quantity take offs, clash detection and resolution, and drawing production. Hence, to us, BIM is much more than a design tool.

During the construction, operation and maintenance phases the BIM databases are also game changing when it comes to progress reporting, quality control and asset management.

BESIX’s early adopter position and BIM expertise is widely recognized. We are elected as first chairman of the national technical committee on BIM&ICT from the Belgian Building Research Institute, frequently supervise master and doctoral theses, and internships. Since 2014, we also act as invited lecturer at different academic institutions.

Grand Egyptian Museum (Egypt)
The project’s scale (200 000 m2) and huge geometrical complexity called for the use of BIM in order to allow a smooth and smart coordination of the works. 60 BIM engineers generated 13 000 shop drawing plans to prepare works and procurement for this gigantic project.

Velsertunnel (The Netherlands)
BESIX scanned the entire tunnel to create a virtual 3D 'twin' model. This enabled our partners to anticipate a myriad of issues before setting to work in the physical tunnel. The dress rehearsals prevented no less than 1,032 complications at the worksite.

Beatrix Lock (The Netherlands)
Virtual reality was used to create an environment which could be visited by maintenance technicians allowing them to give their input early in the design process in order to optimize the maintainability of the lock doors. The VR model was connected to the command and control system, giving the traffic managers of our client a 100% realistic experience of the functionality and UX (user experience) of the future lock.

Value Engineering

BESIX is experienced in providing ‘value engineering’, a creative and organised process of thorough study and analysis that combines the insights of multidisciplinary teams, benefiting the entire life cycle of a project. The goal is to limit building costs, maximally reduce risks and prolong a project’s life span without compromising the functional objectives. This holistic, integrated design approach is crucial in completing demanding DBM or PPP projects.

This is how we make a difference.

  • SITUATION

    Velser motorway tunnel in A22 below the Northsea channel has become of age (60 years old) and is hampering road traffic: a total refurbishing is required Works include modification of height clearance to allow high trucks to pass underneath, new escape routes and a modification of the renewal of all tunnel technical installations (ventilation and fire extinguishing systems)

    CHALLENGES

    - Tunnel below As-built information consists of 60 year old drawings and therefore unreliable
    - Compliance required with EU Directive 2004/54/EC on safety requirements for tunnels in TEN-T network
    - High density of traffic and safety equipment installations
    - Tunnel closure contract limited to 6 months

    SOLUTION

    Preventing a maximum of clashes and failure costs on site through:
    - As-is survey by static laser-scanning
    - Modeling in Civil 3D
    - All project information stored in one cloud-base: system-based information management

    RESULT

    - 1032 clashes automatically detected upfront, enabling a first-time right approach
    - Compared cost BIM detection versus on site correction: 80 EUR versus 1000 USD per clash

  • SITUATION

    Rijkswaterstaat wanted to get a better view of the pivotal anchor area ‘De Steenbank’ in order to ensure safe navigation and a smooth flow of shipping in all weather conditions. BESIX was awarded the contract for building an unmanned Schelde radar chain tower on Neeltje Jans, in 2013.

    CHALLENGES

    High-rise towers sway in the wind. In order to guarantee a highly stable radar image however, the tower required a substantial amount of rigidity so as to diminish the maximum angular rotation of the top to only 0,25°. At the same time, this rigidity needed to be secured in all conditions, even in storms with winds up to wind force 11, and for a lengthy period of time.

    SOLUTION

    BESIX commissioned several wind tunnel tests to determine the wind forces to which the top of the tower would be exposed. Based on the results, BESIX redesigned the level and the support structure of the radar. This new design also took into account the strict requirements with regards to longevity and reliability. To ensure rigidity, BESIX opted for strengthening the concrete by post-tensioning. This required our teams to design and compile a specific kind of concrete.

    RESULT

    As a result of the optimized redesign of the structure of the tower by BESIX, the Neeltje Jans concrete radar tower is now the highest nautical radar tower in Europe, boasting one of the most advanced civilian radar antennas in the world.

  • SITUATION

    The renovation of the existing flood barriers and the construction of a new third one in the Beatrix Lock is the third project of a programme adopted by Rijkswaterstaat. This programme aims to ensure uniformity in a total of 6 projects for the replacement of existing flood barriers or locks. Tendering for this DBFM project started in 2014. The maintenance contract covers a period of 27 years after completion.

    CHALLENGES

    The project presented a twofold challenge. As the Beatrix Lock is a national monument visible from afar, the design had to be presented so as to minimally impact the appearance of the site. On top of that, the project includes a maintenance contract of 27 years. The revenues of this extended period are strongly influenced by the reliability and availability of the lock.

    SOLUTION

    BESIX fitted the third lock with double rolling gates. This ensures that the lock can still be used, even if one of the gates is out of use because of an accident or maintenance works. Furthermore, if only the outer rolling gates are used, the length of the lock is extended from 270 metres to 297 metres, allowing not one, but two 135-metre-long ships to be levelled. This is called ‘levelling XL’.

    RESULT

    The awarding of the contract was done based on the criterium of EMVI (best value for money). The plans drawn up by BESIX guarantee the availability of two of the three locks at all times during the works. This advantage, in combination with the design of the double rolling gates which will highly increase the reliability and availability of the lock without changing much of the historic appearance, is what prompted Rijkswaterstaat to work with a consortium including BESIX.

  • SITUATION

    Operational LNG berthing facility in Ras Laffan Port (Qatar) needed urgent repairs due to concrete fissuration caused by Delayed Ettringite Formation. The unreinforced concrete structure showed a high collapse risk.
    The occupancy rate of the 12 Ras Laffan berth is above 70%. Closing a berth for repair substantially impacts the gas export capacity of Qatar. Ras Laffan managed to close the berth for 2 months at the most.

    SOLUTION

    BESIX built steel boxes outside the activity area, lifting them from the working area and floating them to their final location. Once installed around the structure to support, they are filled with concrete to take over the function of the existing structure.

    RESULT

    Using this challenging method and thanks to the internal design capacity of BESIX and its ability to incorporate the construction method from day one into the design process. BESIX was able to construct and install the structure within the challenging time frame imposed.

  • SITUATION

    Aramco awarded this contract to the JV BESIX-Six Construct and Al Muhaidib in September 2011 for the Engineering, Procurement and Construction of the entire complex, i.e.: a prestigious 60,000 seat football arena, a mosque, 2 external football pitches, 6 tennis courts, 4 five-a-side pitches, an extensive visitors car park and all necessary access roads, drainage and networks.
    The initial construction period agreed was 40 months.
    After a few months, Aramco requested this period to be reduced to 26 months.

    SOLUTION

    Drastic acceleration of the construction process through
    - converting the initial ‘cast in situ’ into a ‘largely precast’ concrete structure by BESIX Engineering from an early stage of the design
    - all the details of the molds, precast yards, cycles, connections, lifting equipment and shop drawings were developed in house.
    - increasing the number of molds and production teams (up to 6.000 skilled laborers)
    - efficient detailing

    RESULT

    The stadium was delivered one year ahead of initial planning in November 2013.