AECOM deploys Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Scotland’s largest distillery

LOS ANGELES — (BUSINESS WIRE) — January 31, 2011 — AECOM Technology Corporation, a leading provider of professional technical and management support services for government and commercial clients around the world, continues to expand its global use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) solutions with its design of the $US60-million Roseisle Distillery, Scotland’s largest malt whisky distillery.

For the design, AECOM used structure-, architecture- and production-combined BIM to assist with the design of the facility. AECOM provided all non-process consultancy services for the award-winning distillery, which was recently recognized by the Institution of Civil Engineers and is certified as “Excellent” under the Building Research Establishment Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

“The challenge at Roseisle was to design a building that wrapped around the complex process equipment required to distill malt whisky while maintaining the high level of flexibility required for future maintenance and advancement of technology,” said Steve Ferguson, AECOM associate director, Building Engineering, Europe. “By using BIM and integrating the 3-D architectural, structural and complex-process equipment models, the team was able to coordinate and manage the build solution in a virtual environment prior to constructing onsite, and the result was a fully coordinated, efficient and collaborative process.”

As lead consultant, AECOM created a unique, flexible structure that allows the roof and walls to be removed when equipment needs replacing.

“The ceiling has structural redundancy, for when the fermentation units need to be replaced,” said Nathaniel Buckingham, a senior engineer for AECOM in Europe. “The client was concerned about the environmental impact of the replacement process, so we constructed a building that was able to reuse co-products from the distilling process to provide energy where, in the past, these residues would be removed and used as animal feed.”

AECOM’s technical leadership continues to drive the Building Information Modeling solution across all of its businesses. The company’s professionals have also utilized BIM in major projects around the world, including the design of England’s Chester Zoo; the BBC Pacific Quay Headquarters in Glasgow, Scotland; and the MHMC Hospital in Sharja, United Arab Emirates.

The distillery is currently operational.


AECOM is a global provider of professional technical and management support services to a broad range of markets, including transportation, facilities, environmental, energy, water and government. With approximately 52,000 employees around the world, AECOM is a leader in all of the key markets that it serves. AECOM provides a blend of global reach, local knowledge, innovation, and technical excellence in delivering solutions that create, enhance and sustain the world's built, natural, and social environments. A Fortune 500 company, AECOM serves clients in more than 100 countries and had revenue of $6.5 billion during its fiscal year 2010. More information on AECOM and its services can be found at

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