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Customer Success Story

Blend tradition and innovation.
Autodesk Revit Architecture
Autodesk Revit Structure
Global engineering services firm designs
Autodesk Navisworks Manage Scotlands largest whisky distillery and
wins sustainability awards with BIM.
Autodesk BIM solutions
helped us to create
models at a very early
stage of the design
process. These models
helped us visualize and
refine the buildings
innovative systems
long before we began
Nathaniel Buckingham
Principal Engineer

Roseisle Distillery. Image courtesy of AECOM.

Project Summary The Challenge

Diageo PLC is one of the worlds leading premium AECOM began work on the fast-track project in
beverages companies, managing many major April 2007. Our primary goal was to deliver the
brands, including Guinness, Smirnoff, and Johnnie completed distillery in 22 months, from concept
Walker. In response to a growing global demand for through detailed design to construction, says
Scotch whisky, Diageo PLC recently constructed the Buckingham. Diageo wanted the new distillery to be
40-million Roseisle Distillery in Speyside, Scotland. the largest in the United Kingdom, with a capacity
To lead the design and construction process, Diageo of 10 million liters per year. We were also charged
selected AECOM, a prominent global engineer- with delivering a facility that blended centuries-old
ing and architectural services firm. Right from distilling knowledge with advanced technical and
the start, we knew that we wanted to integrate environmental practices. These practices included
the building with the processes that it housed, water reclamation, a removable roof, and an innova-
says Nathaniel Buckingham, principal engineer at tive waste and heat recovery system.
AECOM. The challenge was to design a building
that wrapped around the complex process equip- To help complete the complex project designs on
ment required to distill whisky, while maintaining time, AECOM used Autodesk Revit software
the high level of flexibility required for future main- products for Building Information Modeling (BIM),
tenance and improvements. As the lead consultant, as well as Autodesk Navisworks Manage software
AECOM delivered all non-process consultancy ser- for clash detection. Autodesk BIM solutions helped
vices, presiding over professionals from 24 different us to create intelligent models at a very early stage
disciplines, including architecture. Diageo provided in the design process, says Buckingham.
all process design services in-house.
The new distillery will serve as a benchmark for the design of
future distilleries.
The Solution The completed distillery also includes a water recla-
These models helped Diageo representatives visual- mation plant capable of treating liquid byproducts
ize and refine the buildings innovative systems long from the distillery, saving approximately 300,000
before beginning construction. Autodesk BIM solu- cubic meters per yearroughly the equivalent of
tions were instrumental to designing the distillerys the distillerys annual water demand.
complex processes and to achieving Diageos ambi-
tious sustainable design goals, says Buckingham. The Result
The completed distillery included many design Roseisle Distillery commenced operations in April
elements that BIM helped make possible. 2009, with the first bottles of whisky available for
release to the public in 2012. The distillery won
Two of these features are the distillerys removable the 2010 Royal Institute of Chartered Surveyors
roof and walls. The client was concerned about the Sustainability Project of the Year and Overall
environmental impact of the eventual replacement Project of the Year. It also earned a BREEAM
of the fermentation units, says Buckingham. With Excellent sustainable design rating. We couldnt
help from Autodesk BIM solutions, AECOM created have completed this fast-track project on time and
a unique, flexible structure that will allow Diageo to under budget without BIM, says Buckingham. By
remove the walls and the roof when the time comes using BIM and integrating the 3D architectural,
to replace the fermentation units. This involved cre- structural, and complex-process equipment models,
ating a combined 3D model of the structure, archi- the team was able to better coordinate and manage
tectural faade, building services, and processes the design solution in a virtual environment. The
to help see if that the fermentation units could be result was a more coordinated, efficient, and col-
removed in the future with minimal disruption. laborative process. Image courtesy of AECOM.

To reduce the buildings carbon footprint, AECOM Autodesk BIM solutions and Navisworks Manage
and Diageo designed the distillery to recover waste helped us minimize design time and reduce the
heat and water from the internal distillation process. number of onsite clashes and requests for informa-
We also sited the building adjacent to a malting tion from the contractor, says Buckingham. This
plant from the 1980s, says Buckingham. That helped provide high levels of coordination and
allowed us to capture additional waste heat from consistency across the project.
that facility.
Roseisle Distillery will serve as a benchmark for
One of the most innovative aspects of the new the future design of distilleries, and will influence
distillery is its conversion of process waste into the way the beverage industry looks at the distilling
energy. We were able to reuse co-products from process, says Buckingham. The significance of
the distilling process to provide energy where, in these innovations cannot be underestimated.
the past, these residues would be removed and used
as animal feed, says Buckingham. Using a process For more information, visit
known as anaerobic digestion, the new distillery http://www.autodesk.com/bim.
converts the carbohydrates present in the waste
products into clean process water and methane for
a biomass boiler.

We couldnt have completed this fast-track project on time

and under budget without BIM. Autodesk products helped
us minimize design time and reduce the number of onsite
clashes and requests for information from the contractor.
Nathaniel Buckingham
Principal Engineer

Image courtesy of AECOM.

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