Thursday, September 1, 2011

BIM for Resource Extraction - An Information Modeling Approach to Shale Oil and Gas



The economic climate and global political landscape have created a demand to identify and extract viable gas and domestic energy sources as well as mineral deposits in the U.S. One such phenomenon is shale gas like the Marcellus Shale reserve in the northeast, the second largest gas field like it in the world. For companies and firms engaged in identification, design, construction and maintenance of extraction processes the race is on. What is needed is a streamlined process of design and data management that reduces errors, is model based, supports 3D visualization and simulation, and capable of sustainable workflows. BIM (Building Information Models) is that process that engineers, designers, geotechnical scientists, and operators are using to gain the most efficient process for resource extraction. BIM for Resource Extraction is comprised of various workflows focused at site identification, design (piping, plant, transportation), asset tracking, hydrological analysis and asset management.

Key Benefits:

• Integrate different data to identify optimal site locations for gas, oil pads?
• Putting your design information into real world context by creating 3D representations to share with stakeholders, review boards and public hearings.
• Perform hydrologic analysis capable of mitigating environmental impact and reducing permitting time
• Reduce design errors and the impact of change requests
• Manage operational assets and facility information

This is a finished wellpad in Autodesk Infrastructure Modeler that shows various BIM models and integration of GIS information, a true CAD and GIS integration story.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Very informative!