AWS Bio-Pharma Technologies provides modular cleanrooms for both aseptic and non-aseptic
and is now applied by numerous organizations to maximize modularization. In principle, under this approach the facility is designed in such a way
that it can be fabricated in shipping container-sized elements, shipped over
road, rail, and water, then reassembled at the site. Because of the unique
requirements that the complete facility, including architectural, MEP, and
process elements, be transported, the SCM approach requires that the facility possess a unique structural system to support not only the final facility,
but also the containers during shipment. This requirement means that the
designer must possess specialized skills and experience to efficiently organize the facility and ensure constructability. In addition, field integration of
shipping container modules requires a unique set of skills, much of which
is most efficiently transferred from the design firm.
These modularization approaches can be applied in a wide range of
combinations. Every project has unique requirements, and a customized
approach may be needed to meet these unique requirements; the selected
strategy may employ multiple modularization techniques. Parts of a specific
project may benefit from modularization while another part of the same
project may not, and certain elements of each approach may be suitable for
a project while other elements may not be. During the conceptual phase
of the project, the modularization requirements should be evaluated and a
project-specific modularization program should be implemented.
BENEFITS OF MODULARIZATION
The benefits of modularization are many, and the quantitative evaluation of some of them is highly complex. Two of the most obvious benefits
are quality, because more craft labor hours are expended under controlled
shop conditions instead of uncontrolled field conditions, and safety, for
the same reason. The cost of the project can be reduced, depending on
the relative cost of shop versus field labor. If shop and field labor costs are
equivalent, the cost increases due to module disassembly for shipping must
be offset by the savings from productivity improvements in the shop.
Schedule benefits are the most specious; many hypothetical schedule
benefits derive from an unusually favorable decision making process.
However, there are substantial schedule benefits to be realized from certain modularization approaches, and the engineering and construction
practitioner is well served to evaluate these opportunities carefully based
on the unique requirements of his or her specific project.
Biologics Modular designs, manufactures and sells modular DeployReady facilities to serve as
self-contained biomanufacturing suites, analytical labs and biorepositories.
Technologies Tour at
INTERPHEX 2014 will
survey a range of the
modularization concepts that have been
applied and will continue to be developed
for application in the
delivery of facilities
for the Life Sciences
industry. Spanning the
range of modular wall
panel systems, with and
without integrated MEP functions, through process modules, superskids,
and Shipping Container/Structural modules, the Modular Construction
Technologies Tour will introduce attendees to different modularization
approaches, their costs and benefits, and the vendor expertise that is available
to support their implementation.
Cotter Brothers manufactures custom-fabricated process pip-
ing systems for biotech and pharmaceutical applications.
The 2014 tour will focus on a slate of organizations that are on the cutting edge of the advances in modularization. Led by noted industry experts,
the tour will make stops at selected vendor exhibits and provide an ideal
opportunity to obtain information on the latest advances in these technologies and exchange information with commonly interested attendees. This
event has been designed to include the organizations currently making the
greatest advances in the enabling technologies that will drive the paradigms
for construction of Life Sciences facilities of the future. These organizations
include Biologics Modular, AES Clean Technology, GE Healthcare, Cotter
Brothers, AWS BioPharma Technologies and Nicos Group.
The INTERPHEX 2014 Modular Construction Technologies Tour will
be kicked-off by John Gilroy, PE, Vice-President of Construction at IPS.
If one of your objectives at Interphex is to leave with an understanding
of new ways to reduce project costs, timelines, and risks, .this tour will
provide a solid return on your time invested.