Design inspiration in digital form

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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Design inspiration in digital form

Increasingly, clients are placing importance on the need for organisations to be certified with regards to BIM and are seeking to work with those who hold industry-recognised forms of accreditation, such as that provided by LRQA.

We are one of a select few civil and structural consulting engineering companies in the country to achieve UKAS product certification for Building Information Modelling (BIM) by Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance (LRQA) in accordance with ISO 19650-2.  This prestigious accreditation recognises Alan Wood & Partners as successfully implementing and utilising 3D modelling technology in compliance with the Government’s strategy.   

As part of this process, we have developed internal BIM standards, guidance and protocols for our projects based on BS EN ISO 19650 Parts 1 & 2 and underwent a meticulous audit process with the LRQA team.  This accreditation process now forms the foundation of our approach to management of information. 

Clients require the reassurance that they are accessing the services of organisations which consistently provide work of the highest standards, this formal accreditation provides this reassurance and reflects our intention and commitment to innovation and excellence in all we do.  

Our experience in interoperability, collaboration, model sharing, and information exchange now enables us to undertake any project in a BIM environment to BS EN ISO 19650-2. We can develop or contribute to BIM Execution Plans, Master Information Delivery Plans, Level of Detail/Definition Matrixes and can utilise any of the main Common Data Environments. 

Our BIM vision is to:

  • Provide sustainable BIM consulting services from design to construction and throughout the life of built assets. 
  • Be part of a team of BIM specialists assembled to include the design and construction and maintenance phases of building projects. 
  • Make the process of BIM modelling with intelligent data and information sharing a core practice.  
  • Maintain our industry recognised ISO 19650-2 certification across our business, held with Lloyd’s Register Quality Assurance.   

We have invested in BIM standards methods, procedures, and technologies to support our ISO 19650-2 delivery on our projects.   Utilising the latest advanced technology and processes, our expert design engineers are well versed in using BIM to produce an integrated approach to inspirational designs and for problem solving, ensuring the final building concept meets or surpasses client expectations.

Our teams have acted as BIM Manager on many large-scale development projects, successfully coordinating all stakeholders on the scheme to work seamlessly and efficiently towards the completed project and beyond, through utilisation of the latest software to assist in collaboration during the design process, construction, and the maintenance of the built project.  The utilisation of BIM enables the project team to have a joined-up approach and easier understand the implications of decisions, constraints and opportunities and therefore ensures effective collaborative working.

The majority of our projects are executed in accordance with ISO 19650 requirements, assembling models from inception/set up, including all protocols, to finalisation and COBIE schedule linking and embedding.

Using collaborative working in this way enables the following advantages to be gained for all stakeholders:

  • reduction in design conflicts 
  • reduction in clashes 
  • more efficient workflows 
  • documentation quality  
  • easier construction planning, particularly for phased construction 
  • reduction of waste, especially during construction  
  • enhanced, faster, material fabrication and visualisation. 

We are now certified as a Project Delivery Provider (Business Systems) – Appointed Party, to ISO 19650-2:2018, the global standard for the organisation and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling (BIM).  

However, we are continually reviewing and updating our business processes to incorporate the ISO 19650 series of standards and the UK BIM Framework recommendations.  In addition to this, with a strong belief in continual learning, we are committed to training our staff for individual accreditation in respect of BIM and all our engineers are encouraged to stay ahead of the latest developments in BIM to bring a superior, market-leading service to our clients, to embrace the latest technological change and remain at the forefront of our industry.