University of Brighton

Estates Department Brighton 2014 - Present
  • 3D render of Cockcroft building at the University of Brighton

Project History

The Brighton University campus is located across Brighton, Eastbourne and Hastings. The estate consists of a broad portfolio of properties from prominent town centre buildings to low rise residential blocks, period properties to modern new buildings.

In 2008 the University commissioned Cadnet to help create an ‘as built’ BIM record of its entire estate to improve its facilities management. This was a large scale BIM modelling project that has delivered significant cost and time savings to the University.

Our Approach

The first stage of the project was to implement a Common Data Environment (CDE) to manage the University’s data. This included overhauling their existing 2D property records into a coherent, standardised portfolio of BIM models.

This improved the value and usability of the data available to the Estates Department and their entire supply chain. Cadnet implemented BIM authoring services in line with the University’s document and CAD standards specifications. The University’s plan was used in conjunction with the survey data to produce true ‘as-built’ records of 106 buildings.

The Outcome

This project demonstrates how BIM can be used to support post construction facility management. The BIM models also support all aspects of the FM process by delivering accurate and robust information for internal and external resources when required.

For example the models are shared with contractors providing accurate information to quote from. This significantly reduces the re-creation of data at the start of a new project, with the associated cost. The models are also updated as projects are undertaken, ensuring accurate records are retained for future use.

The use of Building Information Modelling has allowed the rapid extraction and scheduling of key data for use in facilities management, maintenance, planning and grant calculation software – eliminating the risk of human error. The BIM data is also used to explore future energy and carbon reduction strategies.

What the client said...

“The University of Brighton recognised the benefits of BIM in 2006. We had the opportunity to update our estates records so we decided to make the leap from 2D to full 3D. The department contracted the services of Cadnet Limited to update and convert our existing records to BIM.

They have provided an invaluable service delivering survey, modelling and BIM consultancy services. Having taken the step forward we have ensured that we will reap the benefits of the technology in the long term. We have linked the models to our FM system and we are building a comprehensive ‘as-built’ record of our entire estate.

Our ultimate objective is to improve access to information, the management and maintenance of our facilities and better inform our supply chain partners on future refurbishment projects.”


Tony Rodriguez, Assistant Director of Estates, University of Brighton

Services Provided

  • BIM Authoring
  • BIM Modelling
  • Measured Building Survey
  • CAD Drafting