Marc McManus
Marc McManus
Dan Fagan
Dan Fagan
June 18, 2021

BIM Like You’ve Never Seen Before

Marc McManus
Marc McManus
Dan Fagan
Dan Fagan

Oak Ridge National Laboratory recently published an article featuring the incredible engineering coordination effort for their Proton Power Upgrade project. Read the full article here.

Planned for early completion in 2025, the project will double the Spallation Neutron Source (SNS) linear accelerator’s available power from 1.4 MW to 2.8 MW, requiring upgrades to many of the accelerator’s supporting systems. An enhanced cooling system was also required to meet the new demand.

CannonDesign’s engineers played a key role in the design and coordination of this important project. Before construction, the team’s BIM model was truly one-of-a-kind. In order to meet the complex piping requirements (totaling over 1.3 miles within the upgrade), the BIM model required an unprecedented level of Level of Development (LOD) 400.

This approach to design and BIM required intimate details and understanding of the proton accelerator cooling and radio frequency systems as well as conventional facilities and controls to model and coordinate every element in exquisite detail. The implications of our work in the field of neutron science are very exciting. We are so grateful to have contributed to this effort.

The below animation starts by illustrating the overall path of the proton beam from the accelerator, through the accumulator, and to the first and second target stations. It then highlights the Klystron Gallery Power Proton Upgrade project area and steps through the systems and equipment designed and coordinated by the project team.

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