London Bridge Station, UK is currently undergoing a major redevelopment, all whilst staying open to the millions of customers who use it each and every year. Building Information Modelling is at the heart of the extravagantly complex project, and Bentley Systems and Network Rail have taken part in a webinar to explain the work they are doing further.
Software packages and platforms such as Bentley’s AECOsim, MicroStation and Rail Track whilst Autodesk‘s Navisworks has also been utilised. Another Autodesk piece of software that has proved useful too is a geospatial tool named TrueView. Bentley’s vast portfolio of solutions was also utilised in regards to selecting what program could act as the refurbishment’s Common Data Environment, or CDE. To make sure all project partners were accessing a single source of truth when removing three underground lines and adding three overground ones, Network Rail selected Bentley ProjectWise.
“We needed a system to managed CAD data and ProjectWise was what we favoured at the time,” explained Network Rail’s Engineering Data Specialist (ProjectWise), John Dorman. “We needed it to be made available to internal and external users. We needed the ability to control what our designers could and needed to make sure the right people had access. At the end of the project, the data needed to be easily accessible to the rest of Network Rail too.”
His colleague Andrew Owens, Signal Sighting CAD Engineer, also elaborated on the choice of ProjectWise. He added: “In Network Rail, we use MicroStation typically and because we use Bentley products, that was the main reason for using ProjectWise. At the time [around eight years ago], there weren’t many document management systems that could manage references also which is why we chose ProjectWise.”
A team of five Network Rail professionals form their in-house BIM team working on the project, with 400 unique users from across 40 suppliers also accessing the CDE every month. Since the project began, Network Rail have trained 600 internal members of staff and external workers on how BIM is the best fit more a majority of the project. Network Rail understand that software usage and understanding is, although not the only consideration, still important and they had advice for those implementing many types cohesively.
“Software is always an integral part to any project,” elaborated Owens. “Don’t assume that your products talk to each other. Most importantly, test what you are using beforehand to show your clients that you have that collaborative workflow required.”
Jakub Wachocki, one of Bentley’s BIM Consultants was also present at the webinar, and he shared this informative graphic explaining the abundant level of tasks required.
Network Rail released a timelapse video of the work done so far late last month. Click play below to view that.