SUHFT has begun the journey towards achieving the Government’s 2016 BIM Level 2 mandate by implementing a Common Data Environment (CDE) to manage their data for both internal stakeholders and external suppliers.
The final phase of the BIM implementation strategy at SUHFT is to deliver a Graphical Information System (GIS). This 3D model of the estate showing site boundaries, topography and buildings will also contain ‘intelligent objects’ connected to the data within the CDE containing drawings, documents and asset records.
Planned for the end of 2015, the GIS system will be created from the accurate ‘as-built’ asset, facility records and site survey data. Authorised users will have the choice to access data via the CDE or take a virtual tour through the estate via the GIS model to locate data relative to their area of interest.
Throughout this project Cadnet has been developing a comprehensive BIM strategy for the Trust which is built on carefully considered Organisational Information Requirements (OIRs) and Asset Information Requirements (AIRs) which are captured and communicated within the Employers’ Information Requirements (EIRs).
A key driver for the hospital’s BIM Level 2 strategy is to implement a Soft Landings and Post Occupancy Evaluation plan to achieve and improve the operation of their facilities. This includes the ability to recycle property and asset knowledge back into their information system.
From the process of defining and implementing the CDE with Cadnet, the Facilities Management team has developed an understanding of COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) best practice. The result has been a set of Employers’ Information Requirements for use when commissioning both capital and small works projects.