We have been providing scheme designs for several years using various building information technologies at level 2 with elements at level 3 BIM.
Our BIM standard is fully compliant with BS1192:2007 and the AEC (UK) BIM standards 2009. We are experienced in sharing project information within a common data environment using Bentley ProjectWise.
This is used to manage and share the information designed using BIM.
Business processes for BIM
We have an intranet-based Business Management System (BMS), which contains all documents, protocols and systems under which we work. The BMS includes a BIM execution plan which outlines how we undertake all BIM projects. The BIM execution plan is developed to be project specific and forms part of the overall project execution plan.
For the past six years the architectural team have used BIM as the primary delivery tool. Over this period they have worked as architectural consultants providing multi-discipline services.
We are currently providing the full service multi-disciplinary design role on three EfW facilities.
Project BIM strategy
Project managers are assigned to each project, who will undertake the role of BIM coordinator for the scheme. They will manage all BIM activity to ensure compliance with the project protocols. All external interaction is managed, and all coordination and clash detection between the various discipline models. This task is undertaken using Autodesk Navisworks.
We are proactive in the implementation of aspects of BIM which are not currently in regular use within the construction industry. In accordance with the SYSTRA BIM standards, all disciplines are required to have a designated BIM champion who along with the BIM manager attend regular stakeholder meetings in order to identify roles, responsibilities and potential impacts on schemes review project BIM execution plans, and support the progression of BIM within the company.
As we continue to develop BIM services, improvements are being considered such as incorporating the software package Solibri Model Checker to analyse models for integrity, quality and physical safety prior to issuing out to external consultants and also the contractor.
For BIM projects, we incorporate 4D (time) and 5D (cost) elements to integrate and link the construction programme into Synchro using Autodesk Quantity Takeoff to understand cost management in real time.
We use 6D to deliver an asbuilt BIM model, populating the relevant building component information such as product data and details, maintenance/ operation manuals, cut sheet specifications, photos, warranty data, web links to product online sources, manufacturer information and contacts.