Populating infrastructure models with asset data using current technologies can be problematic and efficient processes and workflows are critical. Excitech can help bring clarity to the application of BIM standards and protocols to infrastructure projects, assisting in the delivery of the asset model and data from the various design technologies, in the format that the project demands.
Infrastructure projects differ significantly from vertical building projects, with workflows and process supported by specialist technology and software.
The government BIM Level 2 mandate applies as much to highways and bridges, for example, as it does to buildings, but the application of BIM processes and standards are perhaps not as well developed or understood in this sector.
Excitech provide a range of BIM training courses designed to educate participants at all levels within an organisation to fully understand their role with regard to the requirements and standards of BIM Level 2.
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The concept of incorporating rich data into a model is by no means new within infrastructure – models have been used for managing infrastructure assets for some considerable time, but they have tended to be 2D GIS models, derived from 2D CAD documents.
The latest design technologies have delivered significant benefits through the ability to design fully in 3D, reducing risk and improving productivity. However, taking the next steps to deliver a project to BIM Level 2 can often seem like a huge leap.
Managing multiple design models created using different applications; enabling effective inter-discipline collaboration; delivering co-ordinated models for construction – all can be a challenge without having suitable methodologies and processes in place.
Delivering a data rich BIM model that can be utilised during construction and beyond also presents some significant challenges.
For owner/operators of infrastructure assets, the transfer of asset data to the Asset Information Model may be achieved using COBie for infrastructure or via alternative data structures, such as custom databases.
Excitech can help organisations to develop the methods and processes for creating and managing design models, advising them on suitable Common Data Environment platforms and developing appropriate data management strategies, thus enabling a successful transition towards BIM.
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