Success Story | Tyseley Resource Recovery Centre


MWH Global

Birmingham, West Midland, United Kingdom



Generating power through the gasification of 67,000 tons of waste wood per year, the GBP 48 million Tyseley Resource Recovery Centre will be the first of its kind in the United Kingdom. Over its 20-year lifespan, the plant is expected to supply enough electricity to the national grid to reduce greenhouse emissions by 2.1 million tons, divert 1.3 million tons of waste wood otherwise destined for landfills, and generate enough renewable energy to supply power to 17,000 homes. The owner, Birmingham Bio Power, selected MWH Global as the EPC contractor for this high-visibility project.


Working with multiple suppliers and subcontractors, MWH needed a 3D design environment that enabled end-to-end collaboration. The advanced functionalities of Bentley software allowed MWH to create intelligent 3D models for use in design reviews, clash detection, and virtual walk-throughs, as well as to produce deliverables required for construction and operation. Bentley applications helped the team to efficiently collaborate with suppliers to avoid rework, and to conform to project delivery standards.


OpenPlant PID produced intelligent process and instrumentation diagrams which facilitated importing and exporting of P&ID i-models to sync with mechanical piping models, and exporting of pipes for pipe stress analysis. Other efficiencies such as model collaboration, design data synchronization, and deliverables production saved significant time and costs in project delivery. After construction and commissioning, MWH will take on an operational role running the plant under a five-year operations and maintenance contract.


MWH selected OpenBuilding Designer, MicroStation, and OpenPlant to develop and coordinate the design for Birmingham Bio Power, and enable efficient mobility of information across various stages of the project. The team used ProjectWise to share design data and information across disciplines and among various MWH offices in the United Kingdom and India, allowing MWH to optimize a common methodology, design delivery workflow, and engineering standards.


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  • Project delivery costs were reduced through flexible import/export of various formats and applications, and automated report generation, quantity take-offs, and isometric generation.

  • Use of intelligent 3D models helped reduce costs by enabling virtual project progress meetings, facilitating virtual walk-throughs, and mitigating risk in problematic or hazardous areas.

  • The team improved the safety of the project by using 3D models in access, lift, and maintenance reviews to identify and mitigate safety issues.


“Bentley’s OpenPlant applications truly helped in our project design delivery and enabled us to stand tall in the crowd.”

Ashish Katake
Lead CAD Designer
MWH Global