Glass Manufacturing Plant

A major container glass manufacturer wanted to replace and enlarge one of their furnaces to increase throughput and efficiency while keeping the two adjacent furnaces operational. They wanted the entire project engineered in a 3D environment for collaboration and clash detection, so they had their entire plant laser-scanned and partially modeled prior to project commencement.

Borton-Lawson was retained to provide multidiscipline engineering.

Challenges V. Solutions

Challenge: Several major utilities serving multiple furnace passed through the project area and needed to be relocated or reconfigured to maintain both adjacent furnaces in full operation throughout the six month long construction period.

Solution: The Borton-Lawson team spent significant time in the field verifying the existing utilities and making sure the project model was accurate. We worked closely with the furnace vendor and other major equipment OEMs to incorporate their equipment models, including all utility connections, into the overall project model.
A Utility Relocation Construction Package was prepared and issued for bidding in advance of any other construction packages to clear the way for demolition and new work. We addressed many building code, process flow and utility issues in a team environment.

Challenge: Key project stakeholders were spread out over several time zones.

Solution: Because the project was done entirely in a 3D environment, collaboration among such a disparate group of stakeholders was enhanced significantly by the use of a Navisworks version of the project model and GoToMeeting conference calls. Each Wednesday for the duration of the initial planning, preliminary and final design, Borton-Lawson hosted a GoToMeeting, involving as many as seven stakeholders across four time zones. The Navisworks model of the plant and project area facilitated the discussion and understanding of countless design issues.