New centre for digital built Britain at the University of Cambridge
The Centre for Digital Built Britain, which will be formally launched this spring, will make going digital easier
The UK has been leading the way on government-led infrastructure projects. One example is with building information modelling (BIM), a combination of processes, standards, collaboration and policy supported by technology.
BIM ultimately aims to unite contributors and deliver value to infrastructure projects. With varying levels of BIM (level 1, 2 and 3) available, the government has mandated that organisations use BIM level 2 (a 3D collaborative environment) to derive value previously lost due to poor practices and productivity. Infrastructure projects have cited major benefits of better BIM processes, such as Crossrail saving £3 billion in efficiency costs from 2011 to 2015.
As the industry moves beyond the government-mandated BIM level 2, focus has shifted to BIM level 3, which spans the performance of assets throughout the life cycle. By delivering value in asset performance, a digital representation of the physical built environment will continue maximising value from existing assets.
GOING DIGITAL FOR ADVANCING INFRASTRUCTURE
Turning this vision into a reality is possible in part by Bentley Systems. With its ongoing commitment to BIM, Bentley has provided projects such as Crossrail with the technology to deliver against a long-term schedule, ensuring that delivery will be on time and on budget.
This partnership also delivered a world-renowned Crossrail Bentley Information Academy, the UK’s first building information modelling academy in London. All contributors to Europe’s largest civil construction project can immerse themselves in the academy as part of the extended learning process.
Projects like Crossrail have been on their going-digital journey, realising value as they go. Going digital refers to the business adoption being realised as infrastructure professionals take advantage of a connected data environment by leveraging a cloud-computing platform that digitally connects and converges people, processes, data and technology to yield significant benefits.
Users have been going digital with Bentley for more than 30 years. These achievements are routinely celebrated and recognised at Bentley’s annual conference, which this year will be held in London from October 16 to 18.
The Centre for Digital Built Britain, which will be formally launched this spring, will make going digital easier. As before, with the coining of BIM, the UK looks set to play a leading role for best practice in digital construction that will boost the economy and infrastructure.