Atkins has won a four-year deal to provide building information modelling (BIM) services on the £43bn High Speed 2 scheme.
The consultant will offer technical support to HS2 Ltd, the promotor behind the rapid rail link between London and the North. Atkins will also help drive long-term efficiency and durability of assets.
BIM Level 2 – which aims to create a common data environment throughout the supply chain – will be mandated on all major government projects from 2016.
But research published by HS2 Ltd last year showed few sub-contractors regularly used the technology.
HS2 Director of BIM Jon Kerbey said today: “I am very pleased that Atkins are on board to help us achieve our vision of delivering a world-class implementation of BIM.
“HS2 is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Europe and a fantastic opportunity to embed BIM right from day one, delivering real value to the project - and to the industry as a whole.”
Atkins director Mark Roberts said: “Adoption of BIM will revolutionise programmes like High Speed 2, materially improving delivery efficiency and success, and embedding an approach that looks beyond design and construction into the requirements and benefits for the whole operational life of the railway.
“We are delighted to have been chosen to work alongside our HS2 and supply chain colleagues to implement a BIM approach that we believe will be ground breaking, deliver great success and ultimately help support the UK’s economic prosperity.”