BIM Academy launches new Asset and Facilities Management consultancy

Newcastle partnership used BIM techniques on high profile work at Sydney Opera House

Discussions take place on site for BIM Academy's work on Sydney Opera House
Discussions take place on site for BIM Academy's work on Sydney Opera House

BIM Academy, a collaboration between Northumbria University and Ryder Architecture, has launched a new consultancy.

After 18 months of intensive research combined with high profile projects, including work on Sydney Opera House, the Newcastle-based partnership is offering support on using BIM - or Building Information Modelling - for Asset and Facilities Management (BAFM).

BIM Academy began looking into the use of BIM in a such manner in 2012, after funding was secured to develop solutions to challenges facing industry.

It turned theory to practice on working on a consultation on the current and future operational needs at Sydney Opera House, the work leading to the creation of a detailed technical specification and model management plan that enabled the market to tender for and deliver a solution to meet long-term requirements.

Since then, the academy has formalised the implementation of the BAFM process on a variety of projects.

BIM Academy's design for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia
BIM Academy's design for a new convention centre in Sydney, Australia
 

Now, its approach will support clients in their transition from traditional facility handover and management procedures to a process that ensures effective use of digital information and 3D models to deliver greater value.

BIM Academy managing director, Peter Barker, said “Taking an independent and platform neutral approach, BIM Academy understand that many off the shelf solutions are expensive, complex and do not always match a client’s specific needs.

“BIM Academy seeks to work with clients to deliver an analysis of their business requirements and then support the specification, procurement, implementation and maintenance of a tailored solution, specific to, and efficient for, that client, verifying and improving the consistency of operational data throughout the process.”

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