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Arup to develop BIM tool for major particle collider tunnel project

Arup has been appointed by Swiss based nuclear research body Cern to undertake conceptual design studies for a 100km particle accelerator tunnel known as the Future Circular Collider (FCC).

The work will involve using a building information modelling (BIM) tool, to assess performance, risk and cost factors which would affect a 100km, circular particle-accelerator tunnel.

Arup has developed a web-based GIS application, which will analyse the geological, tunnelling and particle collider system constraints.

The scheme is being developed with project partners Géotechnique Appliquée Dériaz and Amberg Engineering.

“Using BIM this early on in the design process is invaluable,” said Arup project director Matt Sykes. “It allows us to make critical decisions using data that can be easily visualised, enabling the team to make decisions with a clear overview of the multiple, highly complex components of this ground breaking project.”

“Several layouts for this new machine are under consideration, with the tunnel circumference ranging from 80km to 100km in length,” said John Osborne, civil engineer at Cern.

“This tool being developed by Arup, will be crucial in the decision making process, to help decide which layout is most feasible.”

The new accelerator tunnel would be nearly four times the size of the present Large Hadron Collider. The infrastructure would be able to host frontier particle colliders delivering unprecedented intensities and energies to the worldwide particle physics research community.

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