Construction Planning and Simulation

In an industry, where 80% of projects experience too often cost overruns and schedule delays, owner operators and Engineering, Procurement, Construction (EPC) companies are more focused than ever on finding a better way to manage construction costs and schedule. Whether the construction is for a new site or for upgrading an existing facility, interconnected activities must be carefully planned to ensure the safest work environment for the workers, while optimizing cost and time. 

Optimized Planning process enables companies to implement a “Design for Construction” approach. Early and throughout the design process, plant construction planning, scheduling, and sequencing can be virtually defined and simulated in order to reduce the occurrence of construction-delaying problems that typically arise when the structural systems and large equipment are ready to be placed. Scheduling is integrated with tools such as Primavera and MS Project. Equipment placement and human simulations include aspects of vision, display and motion, as well as feasibility studies of remotely operated devices. In addition, material handling and flow to the site or storage can be studied ahead of time to minimize project risks. As all components are included in the planning, initial requirements, costs, and construction time can be estimated quite accurately prior to capital orders. 

Based on Dassault Systèmes’ 3DEXPERIENCE platform, Optimized Plant Construction industry solution experience helps users track late changes, identify parts that may be impacted by design changes, and study the impact of the changes on construction. The solution gives EPC and plant owner operators the information they need to predict the cost of changes in dollars and time so that they can decide whether or not to renegotiate the terms of the contract or make necessary adjustments to the project.

DS' solution for Virtual Plant Construction and Fabrication includes:

  • Construction planning and task sequencing
  • Integration with scheduling, CAD and legacy systems
  • Construction process simulation
  • In-process product modeling
  • Worker task simulations
  • Construction BOMs (Bill of Materials)
  • Process equipment and layout optimization
  • Construction logistics optimization


Using DELMIA to optimize our feasibility study meant that Hydro-Quebec was able to reduce its project timeline by 200 weeks.

Hydro-Quebec Case Study