Forschungszentrum Jülich is located far in the west of Germany, near Aachen. Over the last five decades, the institute has acquired an enormous amount of knowledge in physics and supercomputing. Over the years, various nuclear reactors have been put into operation for research purposes and have since then been shut down again. In order to record their inventory as a basis for demolishing them and to have a digital twin available in the long term, Jülich Waste Management Company for Nuclear Facilities has commissioned Amberg to create spatial BIM 3D models.

Demolition of a nuclear reactor in Jülich.

In this new project, Amberg's experience in BIM meets the company's expertise in so-called Nuclear Waste Management. 

The contract includes the creation of the basis for the demolition of hot cells of the research centre's experimental reactors. Spatial and structural models, as well as individual models for each type of equipment such as ventilation, fire protection and radiation protection, are to be created. 

The models created on the basis of the point clouds and the existing as-built documentation will enable the plant operator to plan the demolition in individual visualised steps. It should be possible, for example, to derive demolition states and their course as well as various contaminations.
  

Alejandro Garcia, BIM Abteilungsleiter bei Amberg 

"The new contract is a project for the future for the Amberg Group, because it combines the individual competences of the group: data acquisition by scans, BIM modelling and providing logistics. We are pleased to be able to offer the customer all this from a single source," says Alejandro Garcia, Head of BIM Department at Amberg.

The Jülich Waste Management Company for Nuclear Facilities is responsible for the orderly demolition of contaminated nuclear sites at Forschungszentrum Jülich. 

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