Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Hurley Palmer Flatt have been utilising 3D modelling techniques for a number of years, we use Revit in most of our MEP designs adhering to PAS 1192-2,3,4, AEC UK BIM protocols & in accordance to specific project BIM Execution plan.

BIM is the logical extension of this philosophy and over a number of years we have been at the forefront of BIM implementation; both internally within HPF and externally with our clients and design teams with whom we work. Whilst many consultancies outsource their BIM projects to specialist teams, HPF’s approach is different. We have a core of engineers within each office who are BIM capable and trained to use the software necessary to engage in a collaborative working environment. We predominantly use Revit & Navisworks, along with access to extensive knowledge and experience from in house specialists who are active in the research and development community.

We believe that the use of BIM on projects yields significant benefits and we welcome the opportunity to utilise it. The benefits that BIM brings are;

  • Getting the design right, first time
  • Risk management during the design and construction stage
  • FM legacy

By using software such as Navisworks, Hurley Palmer Flatt produce internal clash detection reports throughout the design process, resolving any potential clashes prior to model issue. During the detail design stage we advocate collaborative workshops to review items in the model such as plant and equipment selections, spatial co-ordination, accessibility, maintainability and review of the key areas.

Risk would be reduced from the earliest stages by improved coordination. This would involve setting out basic zoning of elements within the building for RIBA stages 2-3, which would be developed and refined as the design progressed into RIBA stage 4.

During the tender stages of a project the selected main contractor/sub-contractor would subsequently take ownership of the BIM model from the team, utilising a software package like Vico to review in realtime any changes made to the 4D elements for program, project planning and onsite co-ordination. The trade Contractor would continue to utilise, and prepare 5D elements producing detailed MEP schedules from the model to provide cost certainty; the majority utilise CAD Duct which is in line with manufacturers and industry standards.

Final elements of 6D modelling could be utilised to establish final as built record information for the onsite FM team, ranging from visual guides to emergency isolations, 3D fly-through of systems cause and effects, to identifying specific plant and equipment record information which can be extracted onto different types of media devices.

The whole design team would be communicating on a common platform, hence avoiding misinterpretation of information. Clients are able to clearly visualise the design and hence be in a position to offer clear guidance on the acceptability of our proposals.

The use of BIM provides a full digital model of the building and everything within it. The opportunities this presents are significant, including;

  • Simple space planning
  • An interactive database of every component within the building
  • Links to maintenance records and plans
  • Full clash detection
  • Remote access for fault reporting
  • A complete, interactive and editable O&M manual

For further information please contact:

Name: Andrew Tate

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