SPIE is helping to create the new veterinary vaccine production unit for Boehringer Ingelheim in Jonage

Published on 09 July 2020

Lyon, 9 July 2020 – SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire, a French subsidiary of the SPIE group, the independent European leader in multi-technical services in the fields of energy and communications, is currently involved in developing the new veterinary vaccine production unit for Boehringer Ingelheim in Jonage, in the Rhone region of France. The subsidiary was awarded two lots and is involved in four other major lots, including the HVAC, which is at the heart of the client’s processes due to the very exacting requirements in terms of biological containment.

Scheduled to be put into operation in 2022, this 15,000 m² high-tech research and production unit will consolidate Boehringer Ingelheim’s foothold in the Lyon life sciences ecosystem. In the long term, the site will produce 400 million doses of veterinary vaccines each year to fight foot-and-mouth disease and bluetongue disease.

In order to make this major investment, the Technip Energies teams from TechnipFMC, one of the world’s leading companies in engineering and construction of turnkey industrial projects, and the Boehringer Ingelheim teams chose the SPIE’s Industrie & Tertiaire divisions to provide the HVAC services, low-current industrial electricity and instrumentation for two process areas (viral culture and purification). The experience of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire in the pharmaceutical industry and its expertise in BIM were part of the decision-making criteria.

BIM as a solution for the complexity of the work

The challenge for Technip Energies is to coordinate the numerous parties involved, who all need to comply with a particularly complex specification: “We need 20 to 25 different specialisms to work together at the same time. The job of managing and monitoring all these services, particularly during the study and design phases, is therefore especially important”, explains Franck Bayon, Project Manager at Technip Energies.

Since 2018, the teams at SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire have been working closely with those from Technip Energies as part of a collaborative model hosted on the BIM 360 platform. Starting with the design phase, all the parties involved need to take into account the future work, the end uses and the dedicated operation and maintenance.

A commitment to efficiency that allows SPIE to reduce the lead times and financial and environmental costs involved in implementing the technical equipment.

A fully collaborative platform

Hosted in the cloud, the 3D models are accessible to all the companies involved with the help of BIM 360. “Thanks to its collaborative management, all the service providers have the same level of information and can work directly on the model, carry out implementation studies and use them to draw up 2D plans,” adds Franck Bayon.

During the synthesis stage, Technip Energies chose BIM Track so as to manage any potential conflicts. As SPIE has comprehensive experience in using this platform, it will be able to optimise volumes and perfectly manage the space and any collisions.

At the high point of activity, the project will involve up 70 SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire staff members. The use of collaborative modelling does not stop at the study phase, the model will also be accessible on the site: using tablets, the technicians and supervisors will have access to all the plans during both the implementation and acceptance phases.

Implementing this project for Boehringer Ingelheim will enable us to strengthen our position as an integrator of smart and agile solutions within the pharmaceutical industry. Thanks to our process knowledge, expertise in installing clean rooms and the responsiveness of our teams, we are a preferred partner for companies in the pharmaceutical industry to support them throughout the lifecycle of their projects: from conception to qualification”, concludes Xavier Daubignard, Business Director in the Industrie Est division of SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire.

The partnership between Revit and BIM 360 brings a digital dimension to our business areas”, explains Frédéric Moraleda, BIM Manager at SPIE Industrie & Tertiaire. “The model and the data it provides are accessible to everyone from any device (tablet, PC, smartphone). Leveraging this data requires knowledge of how to collect, arrange and use it. This requires commitment from everyone involved. With digital technology, a certain amount of time is needed for people to adapt but mastering this and committing to using it give us greater productivity and traceability in our projects.