Taking place on November 10th, 2015, the conference hosted the likes of AECOM, BIM.Technologies, Crossrail, HS2 and Network Rail, all of whom offered sound guidance on how best to implement Building Information Modelling on rail projects, and how its adoption is integral to ensuring “minimised whole life costs and optimised asset performance in service”.
Critical direction came from a quoted Peter Hansford, Chief Construction Adviser to the UK Government: “The term BIM doesn’t matter at all. What we are talking about is the use of digital technology in design, construction and whole life asset management.”
It was reiterated that right from the start, new adopters need to “avoid the jargon and acronyms that inhibit essential cross-discipline collaboration”.
BIM.Technologies’ Olly Thomas declared to those in attendance that “BIM won’t wait for you and you shouldn’t wait for it”, calling on clients “to think what they need and want, taking appropriate expert advice where required”.
More of that aforementioned expert advice came from Crossrail’s Malcolm Taylor, who said that BIM for rail was all about getting the information right; it must “meet the required standards, be appropriately structured, asset focussed and appropriate to the asset life cycle”. That notion was backed up by Network Rail’s Barry Gleeson, who described the utmost importance in the industry knowing “what and where its assets are, and [hot to] maintain that asset information accurately through any changes that may be made to them at any time”.
Ultimately, BIM “will enable the realisation of the full value of the physical assets by the exploitation of the full value of the digital assets in the BIM model” and this can only be achieved through true collaboration, the combination of “siloed data from different sources within the industry”.
To read the complete analysis of what seemed like a tremendous, in-depth event, click here to visit Rail Engineer’s full recap.