March 27, 2019

New plug in software aims to improve BIM for entire construction sector

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Construction giant, Balfour Beatty, has partnered with Leeds Beckett University, White Frog Publishing and Coventry University, to help construction firms overcome the challenges of adopting Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology.

Together, they have created a new, automated solution by developing a plug-in software solution. The innovation aims to help users comply with BIM standards and meet the Government’s target of adopting BIM as part of the Construction 2025 Strategy.

The project is part of a wider £12.5 million investment programme organised by the UK’s innovation agency, Innovate UK.

The newly developed software will automatically populate the 3D representation of products or elements with the appropriate building information.

This, in turn, simplifies the process of sharing data between design, procurement, maintenance and operation teams, allowing for increased predictability of building performance through more detailed asset planning.

Dr Saheed Ajayi, Senior Lecturer in the School of Built Environment and Engineering at Leeds Beckett, and the Academic Leader of the project, said: “The challenges companies are facing include: the learning curve embracing the new technology and getting everyone involved to use it; the need to comply with set standards and codes of practice; and the need for sufficient information about the building to accompany its 3D representation.

“Companies do not know what format the information should be in and how much information to include – there is currently no standardization. Through the research and innovation with Balfour Beatty, we are pleased to present this solution to the industry”

The research team will develop the automated BIM solution over a two year period, with the project to be shared with the wider industry in 2021.

Adam Davis is a Partner with Palmers who specialises in helping clients understand the ramifications of building information modelling.

He commented: “Although BIM has been widely adopted by larger companies operating in the construction and engineering sectors, many smaller businesses currently run the risk of being left behind if they not take steps to embrace BIM technology.

“The development of smarter, easier to use BIM software means that the market is now opening up and smaller businesses can now operate on a more level playing field, by being able to bid for contracts which require BIM, alongside larger construction firms.”

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