Balfour Beatty Goes BIM

Does BIM (building information modeling) have a place in infrastructure projects? Balfour Beatty, www.balfourbeatty.com, London, U.K., the international infrastructure group, will expand its adoption of BIM, a model–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.

The group delivers services essential to the development, creation and care of these infrastructure assets including project design, financing and management, engineering and construction, and facilities management services. Key infrastructure markets for the company include transportation (roads, rail, and airports); social infrastructure (education, specialist healthcare, and various types of accommodation); utilities (water, gas and power transmission, and generation) and commercial (offices, leisure, and retail).

It uses technology from Autodesk, www.autodesk.com, San Rafael, Calif., on a number of high-profile projects including the San Francisco Bay Bridge, the widening of the M25 highway outside London, and design and construction for the replacement of Terminal 2 at London’s Heathrow Intl. Airport. For the new Terminal 2B, the largest project at Heathrow, the use of BIM helped the company coordinate more than 30 active stakeholders through 13 interfacing projects and enabled a peak workforce of 1,600 to complete work ahead of schedule.

However, moving to BIM is about more than implementing new technology. To fully realize its benefits requires a process change. Balfour Beatty continues to demonstrate its commitment to this change. Through a new agreement, thousands of Balfour Beatty users across all international operations will have access to a range of Autodesk BIM solutions including Autodesk Revit software products, AutoCAD Civil 3D software, Autodesk Navisworks software products, AutoCAD software, and Autodesk 3ds Max Design software. Autodesk will provide training, support, and strategic consultancy through Autodesk Consulting to help Balfour Beatty maximize its use of BIM.

With the government in the United Kingdom mandating the use of BIM on public building projects beginning in 2016, Balfour Beatty is prepared for the next generation of construction.