- 24th August 2018
- Posted by: Sophie Bunker
- Category: Projects
We trialled Building Information Modelling (BIM) in 2013 and followed this in 2015 with internal standards and training to support BIM specific projects. From 2016 the UK Government issued a mandate for all construction tenderers to be BIM Level 2 compliant to facilitate cheaper, quicker and more efficient delivery of projects.
Since 2016, there has been varying levels of BIM involvement throughout JBA, but with increasing pressure from both private and public clients, there is now the need to address our BIM capability and introduce new standards.
The benefits of adopting BIM standards and processes were presented to the Board with recommendations on implementing BIM throughout the company. A programme involving teams throughout all offices was produced and a staged approach to implementing BIM was developed.
Phase 1 has seen BIM go live in our primary engineering offices (Edinburgh, Haywards Heath, Leeds, Tadcaster and Peterborough) from the beginning of August.
This means it is mandatory for all new projects.
Phase 2 will see BIM rolled out to all of JBA Consulting.
To support BIM uptake the Implementation Team have completed the following:
- Training of BIM Champions – identification of BIM Champions in each office and delivery of workshop sessions to support teams on BIM
- Creation of a SharePoint site – a resource for all staff providing guidance on how to utilise BIM for current and future projects. It hosts:
- Guides to the folder structure and file naming conventions
- Links to industry standards
- Guidance for project managers
- Templates for key BIM documents.
- Delivery of BIM Webinars – Four mandatory webinars were delivered which introduced the supporting elements of BIM and are also available on our internal video library for staff to watch again.
The key benefit of BIM is improved collaboration between the whole project team. The use of a Common Data Environment (CDE) where all information is stored enables the project team to see all the information available, thus maintaining one version of the truth. Other benefits include:
- Increased awareness of health and safety
- Whole life asset management
- Improved organisation of files
- Reduction in waste
- Enhanced performance and efficiency
- Improved design.
Want to know more?
Email Craig Robertson, BIM Manager, for more information on our implementation and the positive benefits BIM has for both our staff and clients.
Staff can also visit the internal BIM SharePoint site or ask their office champion to find out more about how to implement BIM.