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Seminar Outlines Benefits Of BIM For Highways Sector

7 June 2016

BIM (Building Information Modelling) isn’t just for buildings, Costain speakers told an audience at a recent CIHT (Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation) Yorkshire and the Humber meeting.

Graham Starkey, BIM Manager, and Adam Bennett, Advisory Services Manager – Highways, both gave presentations at the seminar in Hull along with Nigel Yeatman, Highways Asset Manager from A-one+, the Costain, Colas and Ch2m joint venture that maintains strategic roads for Highways England in areas that include Yorkshire and Humberside.

An audience ranging from software providers to local authorities heard about the latest progress in BIM and how it could help them provide solutions to client problems.

The Costain speakers were able to tell them about BIM from the perspective of both client and contractor. Graham talked about the application of BIM on Costain’s A160 Port of Immingham Improvements Project – an early adopter of BIM that has become an industry leader in the approach and techniques used. The project won Best Use of IT in an Infrastructure Project at the 2015 Construction Computing Awards.

Adam, currently acting as a BIM consultant to Highways England, spoke about how Highways England was using BIM to improve safety, reduce disruption and deliver more efficiently.

“We wanted to update the audience on what is going on in the industry in BIM and share the lessons learnt so far,” said Adam. “But we also wanted to raise awareness of BIM, and demonstrate that it’s not just for designers and that it can bring benefits across the asset lifecycle. In fact we now describe BIM as ‘Better Information Management’ as this better reflects the underlying principles of BIM.

“Highways England is on a journey to deliver value and BIM is a vital part of that. The highly positive reaction from the audience showed that they too realise that there’s more to BIM than 3D drawings – they see how it can bring real benefits to businesses across the whole highways and transportation spectrum. BIM is no longer in the margins – it’s real and it’s happening in projects across the UK.”



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