BIM in Geotechnics – A Debate on BIM Developments within Geotechnics

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On Tuesday 2nd February 2016, Gary Morin joined fellow industry colleagues Peter Fair of Mott MacDonald, Slobodan (Bobby) Mickovski of Glasgow University and Romain Arnould of Fugro for a debate on “BIM Developments within Geotechnics” with David Toll of Durham University compering.  The debate took place in the impressive surroundings of the Mining Institute in Newcastle upon Tyne.

Northern BIM Event

The debate started with Peter discussing: “What is BIM in a geotechnical context?”, which gave excellent examples of how Peter and his team are currently using geotechnical data to better understand and visualise subsurface in context.

Gary followed this up with outlining the “Advantages of BIM”, highlighting how the use of BIM is intended to save costs throughout the project by helping to reduce uncertainty and risk.

This was followed by Bobby describing a case study to illustrate “BIM and data entry/exchange” and how using AGS data is a very efficient means of transferring and sharing geotechnical information.

Finally, Romain closed the debate with “Geotechnical professionals are a different breed”, a slightly tongue in cheek talk that examined the important issue of uncertainty and how great care must be taken in the use and sharing of geotechnical modules with the wider construction team.

The debate was well attended with around 40 guests who enjoyed a very lively discussion and the excellent pre-debate spread!

The meeting took the form of a debate on developments in BIM (Building Information Modelling) in the Geotechnical Engineering sphere.

The conclusion from the debate was that there are many benefits to gain by applying BIM principles to geotechnics, which could help lead to reducing uncertainty and for better awareness of geotechnical issues with the wider construction team. The UK is in a great position to capitalise on the benefits of BIM by the extensive use of AGS data. However, it also highlighted the potential problems of uncertainty and misuse of any subsurface ground models and the need for extensive Meta data.



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