The team in charge of a programme to manage the River Thames from a flood risk management perspective is using building information modelling (BIM) to help with asset management.
In a move away from the traditional use of BIM Level 2 in terms of 3D modelling, the CH2M Hill led team, which operates under the name of the Thames Estuary Asset Management 2100 (Team 2100), is using the technology to manage around 4,000 assets from Teddington in West London through to Sheerness and Shoeburyness in Kent and Essex. It is working on the first decade of a 100 year programme.
The majority of assets are fixed, such as light defence walls and embankments, however the team, under a contract worth £300M, is also responsible for large assets such as the Thames Barrier.
Team 2100 global technical lead Hinesh Mistry said: “We are still breaking ground in terms of thinking and approach to harness the potential of BIM in asset management, but we’ve got engineers out in the field inspecting assets with iPads meaning they don’t have to input the same information twice. We’re surveying linear assets with drones and we’re also using geographical information systems (GIS) in a BIM enabled workload – GIS has sometimes been seen as separate to BIM technology, but it needs to be bought together.”
TEAM2100 is also the first to automate output to its client, the Environment Agency, using COBie standards.
In addition to asset management, in the future a BIM-enabled health and safety workflow could be implemented. Data security is also a key area of work and the team is working with the BS1192 Part 5 authors on security enabled BIM for critical assets.
To find out more about how Team 2100 is using BIM level 2 in an asset management context and how it has adopted the COBie standards, Mistry will be one of the speakers at the upcoming Future Tech Forum, which takes place over 14 and 15 September, at the Crystal in south east London.