Norte III Penitentiary Centre

Norte III Penitentiary Centre



Project date:

December 2015

Significant project data:

Area designed: 55,000 m2
Level of BIM development: Agreed with the client and BIM auditors
Client: SIEP (Sociedad de Infraestructuras y Equipamientos Penitenciarios S.A.)
Developer: SIEP

Purpose of BIM use:

In this project the ultimate aim of developing the BIM model was to carry out an execution project.

In the first phase of the Project it was used to obtain visualisations and images that helped to transmit in the offer phase the idea that was proposed. This model was subsequently used for the coordination of the different disciplines (architecture, structures and installations) and the detection of interferences between them.

Description of the success achieved:


The project has 11 different buildings (one of them is a repetition), as well as the gallery that links all of them, the checkpoints and access walkways. They all come together in the campus that will form the 55,000 m2 built area penitentiary complex.

Euroestudios undertook to deliver a complete model of each building into which all the specialities coordinated by the BIM manager are incorporated. The BIM design will incorporate the modelling of the building georeferenced in real coordinates and the associated documentation.

The models have evolved from the introduction of information, passing through different visualisation criteria, to finish with the analyses of interferences between elements and the incorporation of the building details, specific to the work.

All of the information that is incorporated into the model gradually enriches it such that its quality is optimal for reaching the commitment point that Euroestudios and SIEP have considered.

Therefore, partial submissions of the model are made, which contractually are agreed in accordance with the milestones of the project, obtained directly from the BIM model, without losing sight of the traditional documentation.

In this manner there are different levels of delivery in accordance with the evolution in each moment of the model, in relation to the quantity and quality of the information that it contains. As such, there is management of the BIM model throughout the project that allows the creation of a workflow in which the Euroestudios specifies the responsibilities of each element of the model in each phase of the project creating a collaborative environment amongst its users, designers, clients, scheduling of the work and estimated costs.

The experience of Euroestudios is that perhaps no time is saved in the creation of a project, but a higher quality project is produced which we can get more out of for other purposes and which therefore forms part of the complete traceability of the project in its different stages independently of the stakeholder involved in each phase.


  • An exhaustive study was carried out in the preparation of the project:
    • Drafting of the BEP (BIM execution plan)
    • Definition of uses of the model and people involved
    • Templates for the location of each building in real coordinates
    • Organisation of the project navigator in accordance with collections and plans to contribute
    • Collection of families to use and documentation
    • Definition of project parameters and shared parameters
    • Location of the structure, in the server of models to use and their partition by specialties
    • Definition of the project organisation at the level of access to central files
    • Definition of the sphere of the “clash” matrix
    • Definition of documentation obtained from BIM or through BIM
  • Modelling work and checking of this modelling
  • Generation of plans and development of “view templates” through the clients’ needs
  • Coordination of the different work teams that develop each specialty in accordance with the scheduling and in accordance with the day-to-day function of the task attributed.
  • Partial submissions to the client and approval by the client.


The period was six months. This project execution time was a limiting factor during its performance, since its turnover depended on the annual budget items.



About bim

BIM (Building Information Modeling) es una metodología de trabajo colaborativa para la gestión de proyectos de edificación u obra civil a través de una maqueta digital. Esta maqueta digital conforma una gran base de datos que permite gestionar los elementos que forman parte de la infraestructura durante todo el ciclo de vida de la misma.