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How BIM can win you FM work overseas

BIM Academy – a joint venture between Northumbria and Ryder Architecture – recently beat international competition to win a major project providing specialist facilities management expertise for Sydney Opera House.

In collaboration with the client’s building and BIM engineering team, it defined and developed an FM specification to meet the stakeholder’s existing and future needs for refurbishment.

The opera house has been a strong advocate of the concept of BIM4FM and is commencing a long-term renewal programme.

BIM Academy’s role entailed detailed consultations on current and future needs, conducting a review of current systems, processes and decision matrix, as well as creating a detailed technical specification document that defines the long-term requirements for systems integration.

This will enable the opera house to implement a web-based BIM4FM interface that will link an accurate and constantly maintained model of the building to its engineering, maintenance and building control systems.

Laser treatment

BIM Academy has formalised the implementation of the BIM for asset and FM process on a variety of projects and its approach includes creating 3D models of existing buildings or estates through laser scanning or 2D to 3D conversion.

These models can then be used to support operation and maintenance. For example, the academy is currently creating a 3D model of a section of Durham Cathedral on a pilot project in collaboration with Northumbria University and Durham Cathedral (pictured).

The university is laser-scanning a section of the building and BIM Academy will convert this into a BIM model. It has been suggested that the pilot project could lead to the entire cathedral being scanned and modelled.

As a result, Durham Cathedral will have an easily accessible, data-rich model which will allow it to plan and showcase adaptation scenarios of the building, attach and visually represent condition survey data to the model, and take accurate measurements and volumes for restoration works.

It can also create accurate plans, section and elevations, as well as use mobile technology to explore the model while on site.

The knowledge and experience gained from the projects enables BIM Academy to support in the development of asset solutions that are geared around both new and existing buildings.

Graham Kelly is senior project manager at BIM Academy

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