BMW Group

Working for BMW Group, Okana developed the BIM strategy and led delivery of all BIM requirements for a new plant in Debrecen, Hungary and the extension of their largest manufacturing plant in Spartanburg, South Carolina.

  • BMW Group

  • Spartanburg, South Carolina
    Debrecen, Hungary

Entrance to BMW plant

Okana was appointed by the BMW Group to help with their development programme that included a new €1bn, 5,300,000sqft plant in Debrecen, Hungary, and the expansion of the Spartanburg plant in South Carolina, USA, which featured the modification of the existing paint and press shops, plus a $1.7bn investment in an electric vehicle and battery facility. The Spartanburg plant is over 8,000,000sqft with more than 1,500 vehicles assembled per day.

For the Hungry-based plant, Okana worked with Hungarian engineering and project management consultancy, and now Okana partner, CEH.

BMW mandated the use of BIM for the entire project and Okana was hired to ensure that the design team and contractors delivered to the allocated standards. The team oversaw the development of a comprehensive 3D digital information model which was used to analyse, optimise and coordinate the design. The team focused specifically on assisting planning coordination, buildability and temporary works design. This significantly reduced project risk and optimised the design of the plant.

We also reviewed and advised on a suite of required BIM documents, including a BIM Execution Plan (BEP), Organisation Information Requirements (OIR), Asset Information Requirements (AIR) and Exchange Information Requirements (EIR). BMW Group went onto request BIM-enabled facilities management for the ongoing running of the plant.

Following the Hungary project, BMW Group commissioned the use of BIM for the entire Spartanburg US expansion project. As a trusted adviser, Okana became part of the BMW project team, collaborating on innovative ways of working, ensuring BMW’s standard of delivery and analysing design to optimise construction costs and schedules. Digital models gave the project team the ability to assess and reduce risk, as well as focusing on granular optimisation of every expansion aspect. Okana led on the implementation of a digital and BIM strategy right up to project completion, ensuring that the design team and contractors adhered to BIM protocols.

Plant works making BMW cars

The plant was handed over to BMW Group’s facilities management team with a wealth of well organised data. This will enable ongoing consistent and optimised management and make any future changes or upgrades a simple process. We continue to support in BMW in their digital journey.

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