The use of BIM (building information modeling) on all types of construction projects is becoming more prevalent in the industry. In order to facilitate the use of the technology across the entire team and lifecyle of large projects, many groups may choose to develop training or courses for BIM.
As one of the largest infrastructure construction projects in Europe today, Crossrail, www.crossrail.co.uk., which will increase London’s rail-based transport network capability by 10%, recently announced a new academy to enhance supply-chain knowledge of BIM on the project.
The entire project is being done in a 3D model, which will then be handed to contractors and finally shared with operators of the railway. Crossrail is integrating the information from more than 25 main design contracts, 30 advanced works contracts, and more than 60 logistics and main works construction contracts. The use of BIM will reduce information loss between contracts and project stages, giving more visibility to design and construction.
Last week, Crossrail announced the launch of an Information Academy to provide hands-on training to Crossrail’s supply chain on the latest technology and software from Bentley Systems, www.bentley.com, Exton, Pa. The Information Academy will capture, develop, and share BIM best practices.
“Crossrail is pioneering the use of building information modeling in Europe on a scale that has not been undertaken before,” says Andrew Wolstenholme, chief executive, Crossrail. “This has directly enabled us to develop innovative engineering design solutions, minimize waste, and reduce future costs for maintaining the railway. The Academy will support the Government Construction Strategy by increasing the use of BIM in the construction industry and creating a lasting legacy of best practice in innovative.”
The Academy is located in Bentley Systems’ offices in Europe. The benefits of BIM include reduction of risk, errors, and information loss, as well as improved safety, collaboration, and overall project delivery.
Next month, Crossrail will establish a BIM Industry Panel, which will be aimed at engaging academic institutes, construction companies, and consultants as a platform to promote collaboration and best practices in BIM.