How You Can Improve Your Next Facility Construction Project

When a team of engineers design a facility, whether it’s a treatment plant, clean room, or factory, the hope is always that what gets built is exactly what was designed. But making sure this is the case is another story.

Fortunately, now digital engineering allows engineers to work with surveyors, contractors, and facility owners to efficiently manage builds and make sure that what gets built matches building information models (BIM) – both now and in the future.

Defining Today’s Digital Engineering

Digital engineering in today’s landscape needs three crucial components to make sure building data is accurate across all team members and for the life of the build:

3D Models

Once a build is underway, engineers need to physically check construction against design files, and the best way to do this is by creating a detailed 3D scan of the facility in progress.

Point Clouds

Once an accurate physical model is created, point clouds can communicate this information to engineers so that they can compare the as-designed BIM against what’s actually getting built and create a new BIM model if any deviation is detected.

Digital Twins

As construction continues, the new BIM model needs continuous updating, as it does throughout the life of the facility once it’s completed. When properly updated, the BIM model and Point Cloud can function as a digital twin, allowing facility owners and operators to monitor and maintain the facility remotely.

Common Challenges Engineers Face

Point Clouds and Large BIM Files

Since point clouds and BIM models represent complex 3D scans, they can be quite large. Still, this data needs to be shared with engineers to make comparisons to design files – and during a build, it needs to be updated often. Traditionally, this would mean packaging hard drives to be physically mailed to engineering firms, which takes time and introduces risk.

Even after the initial point cloud is received, updates might be tricky. Another drive could be sent, or surveyors could communicate to engineers what changes to make, introducing a major potential for error.

This is where JP Interactive Viewer comes in. Now, instead of mailing hard drives, surveyors can simply upload data to a shared interface in the cloud. Engineers can immediately access this data, compare the BIM model to designs, and create a digital twin. Surveyors can make updates in the same interface, and discrepancies can be pointed out by the software in real time.

Remote Facility Management and Quality Control

During the build, engineers need to keep tabs on progress, and contractors need to be able to communicate issues quickly. Sometimes, design specs may need to be changed on the fly, and surveys need to reflect this as well. For example, if contractors discover a natural barrier to a planned pipe run, what can they do?

In the past, they might have had to improvise, which could have design implications they weren’t aware of. With a central interface and good communication, construction only needs to halt long enough for engineers to make the right change. Contractors can access the changed design immediately, surveyors can update the point cloud in the interface, and engineers can reconcile the physical changes with the new design. JP Interactive Viewer is designed to make this kind of collaboration and agility available in the cloud at all times.

Team Communication, Collaboration, and Documentation

One of the major problems in any facility lifecycle, from construction to ongoing use, is communication and documentation. In many facilities, crucial data like maintenance records and inventory are kept in rudimentary spreadsheets on local computers, physical paper files, or even simply in the memories of long-time employees.

Not only is it hard to access this data, it’s often out of date, and in the latter case, if an employee leaves, crucial information is lost. JP Interactive Viewer keeps all critical documentation in one place, accessible by every team member with clearance, and connected to facility assets represented in the digital twin. So, there’s no need to dig through old file cabinets hoping to find the right records. Now, just navigate to the equipment in question and find out everything you need to know with a simple click.

Efficient Project Management

Facility construction is complicated and costly. Inefficiencies such as duplicate data, error prone communications, or inaccurate models can make it that much more time consuming and expensive. JP Interactive Viewer brings together all crucial players in a facility build by putting every piece of information in one place, remotely accessible via the cloud.

Facilities changes, BIM models, point clouds, as-is documentation, operational data, operational and business KPIs, maintenance and inspection plans – everything engineers and contractors need to keep a construction project on time and on budget, and everything owners need to keep a facility operating smoothly for the duration of its life.

If you’re ready to find out more about how JP Interactive Viewer can improve your facility project, contact us now for more information.

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Ivan Marten

Senior Partner Emeritus at Boston Consulting Group

Ivan Marten is a senior partner emeritus at Boston Consulting Group. He is also a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from April 2019. He has supported various companies in the energy, Oil & Gas, power, and environment sectors on developing their strategic visions for over 30 years. Ivan holds a degree in economics and business administration, and a Ph.D. in business administration and economics from the Universidad Autónoma de Madrid. He was named one of the" Top 25 most influential consultants of the year by Consulting Magazine in 2003.

Javier San Juan

President of the Latin America Region at L’Oreal

Javier is the president of the Latin America region at L’Oreal. He is a member of JP Global Digital Advisory Board as from January 2019. He has over 27 years of experience with a world leading cosmetic company where he held various positions across Europe and the Americas. Javier holds a master’s degree in Law, a master’s degree in Economics from the University ICADE in Spain, and a Diplôme HEC from the Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris He is the co-founder of Gibraltar Corporation and is one of the advisory board members.

Elizabeth Coronado

Co-Founder and Communication Executive 

Elizabeth graduated cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in Organizational Communication. She has three years of experience supporting the management of internal and external communications. She holds a Digital Marketing Certificate from the University of Miami.

She works hand-in-hand with multiple departments including Quality Management System, Human Resources, and Marketing. She is currently involved in the process of raising funds.

Argenis Pelayo

Research Engineer

Argenis has a bachelor degree in Geophysical Engineering and an MBA. 

Argenis is experienced in the implementation of agile methodology, and project planning. He is knowledgeable in C++, MATLAB, and Python programming languages. He has almost two years of experience in his field.

King Yung

Data Processing Specialist

King is a mechanical maintenance engineer with an MBA. He has almost 15 years of experience in the oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and certified in laser scanning. He is focused on industrial data processing in Panama, the Republic of Panama.

Eduardo Colmenares

Project Leader

Eduardo is a mechanical engineer with an MBA. He has more than 10 years of experience in the construction and oil & gas industry. In the last five years, he has specialized and is certified in laser scanning. Eduardo has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

Valentin Malave

Project Leader

Valentin is a civil engineer with almost 20 years of experience as a project engineer. In the last two years, he has focused on leading industrial asset digitalization in Houston, TX. He has specialized and is certified in laser scanning.

Ana Gutierrez

Project Leader

Ana has 10 years of experience in the design and engineering area of telecommunications and networks, and digitalization. In the last four years, she has specialized and certified in laser scanning.

Customer and results-oriented. She holds a Bachelor’s degree in electrical, electronics, and communications engineering, a Master in Management, and a MBA.

Roberto Ocando Morales

Research & Development Leader

Roberto holds an associate degree in information technology and a law degree. He has an MBA and a specialization in strategic senior management.

He has been a scrum master focused on software and applications development. He has 24 years of experience in his field.

He was second place within the 100 Best Technology Projects Executed in Venezuela in 2006- according to IT Manager 100 Empresas High-Tech 2006

Marvelys Gonzalez

Head of Operations

Marvelys is a civil engineer with a master in project management and specialized in project design and hydraulic engineering. She also holds an MBA and a master in Big Data & Business Intelligence.

She has more than 17 years of experience in her field, and for the last three years, she has focused on industrial data processing. She is located in Mexico City (DF).

Hernan Ocando

IT Team Leader

Hernan has more than 20 years of experience in computer science, cryptography, IT, data center design, telecommunications, and digitalization.

He also has experience as an information security management system auditor, and data processing platform manager in both private and public corporations.

Hernan holds a bachelor’s degree in Computer Engineering and a master in Computer Science, Finance, and Strategic Management.

Freddy Martinez

Partner and President

Freddy is a successful senior executive with more than 35 years of experience supporting global companies in their growth.

Freddy is a strong business development professional with an MBA from The Wharton School and an MSE focused on materials science & engineering from The Moore School, University of Pennsylvania. Both degrees were simultaneously earned from 1984 to 1986.

Daniel Coronado

COO & Co-Founder

Daniel is the chief operating officer and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for leading the entire overall global operations of JP Global Digital and the implementation of organic growth.

Daniel has a law degree. He has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.

Ysaac Coronado

CEO and Co-Founder

Ysaac is the CEO and co-founder of JP Global Digital. He is responsible for the overall business performance of JP Global Digital and is highly committed to the development of high-quality 3D digital solutions and to obtain the highest level of client satisfaction and growth for the Oil & Gas, Large Industrial, and Maritime Sectors.

Ysaac has a law degree with a specialization in corporate law. Ysaac has over 25 years of experience founding and developing a series of corporations in the agricultural, mining, construction, and technology sector since 2015.