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BIM O&M Case Study: Birmingham City University

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Birmingham City University’s (BCU) £42.6m Parkside Campus is the focus for this case study looking at the application of BIM in the operation and maintenance phase (covered by PAS 1192-3).

The new facility – rated BREEAM Excellent – is home to the University’s Institute of Art and Design and the Faculty of Performance, Media and English.

The video, narrated by Associated Architects Director James Hall, takes a look at the operation and maintenance platform developed with the University and the positive impact it is having on the day to day running of their new building.

David Simpson, BIM manager for Associated Architects, said: “The Parkside project is a huge achievement for all the involved parties. It’s fantastic to get publicity on an issue we feel strongly about. We’re proud to be leading the pack in developing Client BIM tools, which cut time and waste in building management”

Speaking to Building magazine, BCU’s BIM co-ordinator Richard Draper, explained why BIM was embraced from the outset: “We wanted a single source of information, one place where everyone can go to pick up all the information they could want on the building. We also wanted electronic management of files linked to the 3D models to give us a database that is very well organised.” This helps with the University’s objective of shifting its maintenance regime from reactive to preventative wherever possible. “We wanted one place where everyone can go to pick up all the information they could want on the building”.

Having experienced the benefits of BIM first-hand with the Parkside scheme, BCU are now keen to apply their learning on future developments and their existing built asset portfolio: “As a Client seeing the process from this unique perspective, we will be looking to roll this out over future projects and the rest of the University estate” said Richard.

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