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Digital Engineering Case Studies

The Francis Crick Institute, London


The Francis Crick Institute

Challenge - Constructing 82,000m² of high-containment research and development laboratories and support facilities over four basement levels, including two interstitial plant floors, and eight above-ground floors – all within a confined footprint.

Deliverable - Our capabilities in digital engineering and manufacturing have enabled us to design, assemble and deliver 4,660 MEP modules to exacting tolerances – some of up to 25 tonnes – and install them within ‘impossible’ spaces. Our award-winning digital engineering team ‘constructed’ the institute several times and rehearsed every major plant installation in the digital model, from which we extracted images to develop visual method statements that communicated safe  sequences for complex tasks. This was critical when we installed larger items such as a 40-tonne boiler, which only had 50mm clearance.

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