Gleeds begins groundbreaking BIM work for Bournemouth University

International management and construction consultancy, Gleeds, has begun work as information managers on a new £22 million academic building for Bournemouth University. This project will be one of the first carried out according to the finalised principles of level 2 Building Information Modelling (BIM), which was released earlier this year.

The 5,600m2 building will provide seminar rooms and lecture theatres, a variety of social collaborative meeting and break-out spaces, project research space and catering facilities. It will also be the first building to embody the concept of ‘Fusion` which is at the heart of the BU2018 strategy. The project is still currently in the development stage with work due to start July 2014 and expected to be completed in 2016.

Gleeds’ involvement as information managers sees them using level 2 Building information modelling (BIM) to aid in the design and development process of the new facility. A key principle of BIM is the generation of intelligent object oriented digital models. This approach allows for disparities in design to be detected with design intent being communicated far more effectively than with 3D models.

The director responsible for BIM work at Gleeds, Sarah Davidson, said “The difference in comparison to a level 1 BIM project is that there is a much more sophisticated collaborative data environment being used here so that information can be easily shared. Everyone working on the development will have an agreed framework, giving the entire process greater structure and transparency. This saves on time, prevents errors and makes the whole process more cost efficient.”

Richard Steer, Chairman of Gleeds Worldwide, added, “We are delighted that Bournemouth University continues to develop its working relationship with Gleeds. BIM is now a vital part of our armoury going forward and this forward-thinking approach is ideal for such an innovative project.”