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Highways England launches BIM library


Highways England and Costain have launched a new building information modelling (BIM) library.

The Digital Components Library (DCL) has been created to store 3D models for use on highway projects.

The library contains 80 digitally modelled components that range from gantries to vehicle restraint barriers.

Models in the library represent an asset through its lifecycle, and will be continuously updated as new components are brought online. 

“The aim of the DCL is to reduce the extensive effort spent recreating content amongst project teams. The value for Highways England is in generating project information models more rapidly and at an earlier stage in a project lifecycle. The DCL will act as one version of truth, through the availability of digital contents from the highways supply chain,” said Faris Mahder, BIM technician on the project.

The first deployment for the library will be on the smart motorways programme.

“In the smart motorways programme, there is a huge drive towards standardisation of assets and features commissioned within all projects. The DCL reflects this drive but it doesn’t remove the responsibility of the designer to provide a safe, innovative and buildable solution,” added Mahder.

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