Catch Up Blog

Welcome to Digital Engineering Studio’s latest blog. In this edition, we will be taking a look at what we have been doing, reading and working on since our January blog.

What have we been up to?

In the last month, we have welcomed a new member to our team. Michael started with us on the 12th of February and has settled in quickly. He has his eye set on developing into a BIM coordinator and has taken his first steps by beginning his BIM training on our internal path. The next few months he will be developing his knowledge of BIM level 2 procedures and protocols in theory and will have the opportunity to experience them in practice working on our live projects.

After a nervous wait on results day, we had university success in the office as our Managing Director Dom received his grades. After 3 years of hard work he was awarded an MSc in BIM and the Digital Built Environment with Distinction. Congratulations!!

The team have been working hard delivering projects for our clients. We’re currently working on an extension and reconfiguration to an Accident and Emergency ward in the North of England which we’re completing entirely in Revit with COBie deliverables.

We have been out in the heart of Liverpool city centre laser scanning ceiling spaces in 2 buildings to capture the existing services. The scans are in the process of being registered and once done we will begin converting them to a 3D Revit model to hand back to the consultant to begin their re-design. We’re excited to see the outcome.

In the last few days, we delivered a 5-storey educational facility to Stage 3, successfully meeting our end of February deadline.

Our scope was to deliver a coordinated BIM model of the plant and main distribution service runs with a 2D output. So far have uploaded 50+ PDF drawings to the common data environment with corresponding AutoCAD drawings and have shared both native and non-proprietary IFC file formats of the 3D model.



What have we been reading?

The last month has seen the release of 3 notable documents that have captured our interest.

PAS1192-6 – Specification for the collaborative sharing and use of structured health & safety Information using BIM

The latest in a long line of documents defining BIM in the United Kingdom. This document looks at the collaborative sharing of Health and Safety information using BIM.  Key to the document is the heavy incentive to utilise both 3D and 4D visual models to communicate construction options, hazards and risks. Interestingly, moving forward each participant is required to adopt the use of the 3D or 4D construction sequencing models to support the development and visualisation of safe methods of access and working, including implications of working at height, temporary works, exclusion zones, restricted areas and works with a permit system.

Blockchain Technology – How the Inventions Behind Bitcoin are Enabling a Network of Trust for the Built Environment

 A report from Arup considering how the emergence of bitcoin technology can affect the built environment.

The advancements expected in the MEP sector combined with BIM are very exciting. The prospect of live ‘As is’ models which read and update COBie schedules with data from a performing asset is remarkable and a big step forward from the ‘As Built’ models which can quickly become out of date if not regularly updated.

The Winfield Rock Report – Overcoming the Legal and Contractual barriers of BIM

The report investigates the contractual elements of BIM and the current legal framework. The findings are there is ambiguity around the definition of BIM level 2 from the results of interviews of 44 people. Further findings show the industry is suffering from a lack of quality EIRs, however many interviewees agree with the importance of having an EIR in place. The authors make 2 recommendations to progress BIM within the legal community, the first is a collaborative forum for lawyers to discuss BIM which has resulted in the BIM4Legal being founded. The second is a legal checklist for to be developed as a guideline for layers new to BIM.

All three documents can be downloaded here:

What’s next for us?

We’re excited to be developing our Stage 3 5-storey project further and taking it on into Stage 4 where we will roll out our coordinated MEP design into the entire building. 

We’re looking forward to attending the BIM & Digital Construction Forum in Manchester at the end of March and The BIM for Temporary Works event at Salford University on March 22nd.

Finally, keep an out for us at MIPIM 2018. The world’s leading property market is just around the corner and we’re already looking forward to catching up with familiar faces and meeting with new contacts.  

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