The Ministry of Justice has published statistics showcasing how their adoption of Building Information Modelling has increased efficiency within their buildings.
The MoJ released their findings regarding courthouses and kitchens, with BIM paying dividends in both projects.
An internal study into BIM and how it can help ergonomically was carried out, with BIM identify several ways that new courthouse designs can be improved compared to what they currently use. After translating a schedule of requirements for a courthouse complex into a BIM model, it was found that up to 35% of floor space could be surplus to requirement, meaning future builds will cost less yet still function as effectively as current courthouses in use.
The second way that BIM has highlighted a money-saving trajectory is with a review of Her Majesty’s Prison kitchens. The MoJ extracted elements of the current designs that work and are effective, validated their requirements and then re-invented the kitchens through a “functional workflow approach”. When carrying out the same tasks in BIM format (with end user requirements in mind), a 5.2% footprint efficiency was noted.
The report stated that “great added value is realised when executing through BIM as a communication tool during construction and in-use, where knowledge, coordination of structure, MEP, fit-out and hard/soft FM will offer further benefits”.
Read more about the MoJ’s findings here.
So the government has published successful BIM findings. Can this be seen as an example of reassuring that they are committed to their 2016 mandate?