Leaders in engineering-focused BIM delivery
Integrated BIM design services form a central part of the wider move towards digital engineering and collaboration across all built environment sectors, and also represents a codified method of project delivery across all built assets in line with internationally recognised standards.
At Sweco, our BIM consultants play a central role in our goal of transforming society for the better, through continual industry improvement. Through collaboration and multi-disciplinary insights, we’re able to add value to your project from concept to completion, and enable you to be an active part of the ultimate solution.
What exactly is BIM?
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling, although the “M” in BIM often also stands for “Management” as, at its core, BIM is about managing information through the whole lifecycle of a client’s built asset or assets.
At its very simplest, BIM is the process of defining, creating, and delivering the structured data and documents that are used to design, create and operate any built asset – all in a centralised, accessible format that builds a single immutable truth for all project participants.
In turn, BIM models enable stakeholders to ensure the right information is made available to the right person at the right time, in the right format…for the whole lifecycle of all types of asset in the built environment.
The benefits of BIM
- Structured information
Having the right information available to the right people at the right time aids decision-making across the project.
- Health & Safety
The improved ability to visualise hazards and risks allows them to be avoided. Using 4D sequencing to plan site logistics can aid in mitigating or avoiding risks on site. BIM can enhance the highlighting of hazards during start-of-shift briefings on site.
BIM allows expenditure to be viewed and analysed in a pragmatic way. Most of the cost associated with an asset is when it is in use. Using BIM 3D models to ensure the right information is available at handover to run the asset effectively is paramount to cost-effective asset management. Initial spend within the design phase can be offset by the efficiencies that working in a BIM process brings.
- Digital Transformation
Digital information allows us to improve how we currently collaborate on projects and enhance what we deliver to clients. It also creates possibilities to offer new services through innovative ways of working.
The sharing of information in a structured way allows the project team to communicate effectively, work together more efficiently and make better informed decisions.
Being able to visualise the design elements of the model from an early stage leads to better co-ordination. Clash detection is a tool often used to aid BIM co-ordinators align between the design and construction elements to highlight and resolve any potential costly co-ordination issues prior to the project starting on site.
- De-risking Projects
Being able to visualise the right information at early stages of the project allows the project team to understand the design and construction needs of the project and raise and resolve any issues before it gets to site.
- Programme Efficiency
The ability to co-ordinate the information deliverables at an early stage leads to improved scheduling/sequencing of the project programme.
- Off-site Building
Through collaboration, the project team can create solutions that facilitate the use of prefabrication. This provides the ability for elements to be built offsite in a controlled environment leading to a reduction in material waste and labour and increased efficiency and quality.
Utilising BIM enhances the transparency of actions and information exchange throughout a project workflow, with access to a common data environment that complies with the ISO 19650 revisioning cycle.
Sweco BIM consultant services
- Defining requirements and creating associated documentation in line with ISO19650
- Organisational Information Requirements
- Asset Information Requirements
- Exchange Information Requirements
- Project Information Requirements
- BIM Execution Plans
- Responsibility Matrices
- Master/Task Information Delivery Plans
- Construction Building Operations information exchange (COBie) production
- Validating & verifying information received from the project team on behalf of the Client
- Model federation
- Clash detection and issue reporting
- Co-ordination management workshops
Common Data Environment advisory services
- 4D model analysis and sequencing
- Augmented/Virtual reality presentation
- Parametric Design
- Zero Drawing Solutions
BIM for Winchburgh
Our Infrastructure division collaborated with the Buildings division to produce the visualisation of the Winchburgh junction. By utilising BIM, LiDAR and real time technologies, Sweco was able to replicate a fly-through video of the design solution in the digital world.
BIM for Randselva Bridge
A cross-border collaborative visualisation between Norway and UK colleagues. The Randselva bridge is an award-winning project utilising BIM and taking full advantage of information management. The video was created using BIM data, LiDAR scans of surrounding area and real time graphics for high quality rendering.