BIM for Infrastructure (UK) was formed in November 2012 following the merger of the AGI i-BIM SIG (formed June 2011) and BIM4RailUK. The group remains a Special Interest Group (SIG) within the AGI, but has a closer relationship with the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE), the Government BIM Task Group and the Construction Project Information (CPI) Committee. Our Terms of Reference can be found here.
The group provides a forum for organisations and industry professionals to share their journey putting ‘BIM into practice’ with other organisations and industry professionals - a simple idea, but one we hope will be of great value to its members.
The group’s goals are also simple and realistic:
- Share knowledge and learning between its members
- Provide outreach to appropriate industry bodies and institutions
- Promote infrastructure related case studies, which demonstrate best practice and the integrated management of information across all stages of the asset lifecycle
- Provide leadership in establishing how buildings and infrastructure can be integrated; and how BIM and Geospatial can interface and converge
What is BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle.
At one level, the process produces the Building Information Model - encompassing building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components.
However, whilst BIM is quite often seen simply as a move to 3D modelling of buildings, in reality it goes far beyond this. Firstly, it requires changes to the definition of traditional architectural phases and more data sharing than most architects and engineers are used to (i.e. challenging fundamental design process / ways of working). Secondly, it goes well beyond 3D design aspects with potential for integration of time (phasing/sequencing) aspects of a project (4D), cost (estimating) aspects of a project (5D), and ultimately even life cycle management (owner/FM) aspects (6D).
BIM is therefore the process of generating and managing project information throughout the whole life cycle of the infrastructure – not just that for a building – from planning and design, through construction, to operation, maintenance and de-commissioning. BIM describes an activity, not an object, and is therefore much more than a single technology or tool (e.g. REVIT) ~ it’s a quantum change in design and delivery practice, processes and behaviours – and because it is addressing infrastructure, sound information management and GIS is critical to its delivery.
Many of the principles that the industry is wrestling with in delivering BIM are common to those faced by the GIS community – hence the real opportunities for AGI for information, involvement and influence.
The current list of BIM4IUK committee members can be found here.
Member organisations are grouped into four categories:
- Infrastructure Clients
- Supply Chain
- Technology Vendors
- Academia and Professional Bodies
Members Events (Contact Chris Tyler for more details or to submit your event idea):
08/10/2013 - Ordnance Survey, Southampton (postponed)
14/11/2013 - British Geological Society, Keyworth, Nottingham
Dec. 2013 - Environment Agency (TBC)
27/01/2013 - AGI Showcase, Glasgow contained a presentation about the progress of BIM within Network Rail.
24/06/2013 - AGI Showcase, London: an all day BIM4IUK Stream entitled: Making Infrastructure work - BIM meets Geospatial: See event report in GIS Professional, August Issue.
16-18/09/2013 - AGI Annual GeoCommunity Conference, Nottingham
16/10/2013 - ICE BIM 2013 Conference, Grange Tower Bridge Hotel, London: Making BIM Work For You: a very good infrastructure and asset management focussed programme including speakers from Environment Agency, Highways Agency, HS2 and the Engineering Supply Chain.
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