ICE Event – Geotechnical BIM: Applying BIM Principles to the Subsurface







North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire Branch

Jono Wright of Van Elle reports on the ICE event on Geotechnical BIM: Applying BIM Principles to the Subsurface.

Gary Morin, Technical Director for Keynetix was kindly asked to speak at the North Nottinghamshire and North Derbyshire ICE branch at their May event regarding Geotechnical BIM.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) has grown massively in recent years, being pushed by government initiatives as a means of reducing risk and costs in construction.

Gary Morin looked at how BIM principles (Process, Collaboration and Whole Life) together with the enabler, 3D Digital Data can be applied to geotechnical engineering to transform a traditional process, with the aim to minimise uncertainty and produce a better site investigation and lead to reduced risk and cost.

“The event gave a great insight into the world of Geotechnical BIM and the potential benefits of a more digital and streamlined industry. Gary shared his experience with an audience of everyone from brand new intern engineers to more well-travelled consultants and engineers. Great questions were asked and the engagement with the topic was tangible, with people really getting to grips with what all this could mean for their company and the industry. I look forward to hearing more from Keynetix about this area in the future.“  Jono Wright, Geotechnical Engineer – Van Elle Limited

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Gary originally trained as a civil engineer and has over 30 years of experience working in the production and support of a range of GIS and CAD software.  He is now the Technical Director of Keynetix, developers of HoleBASE, which he co-founded in 2000 to specialise in geotechnical data management software.

He heads up the geotechnical BIM development and is responsible for the design and support services for a range of products designed to manage geotechnical data in the BIM process.  In recent years he has been at the forefront of geotechnical BIM and how it can change working practices to enable a better understanding and integration of geotechnical data into the wider construction process.

The talk was obviously thought provoking for the attendees, as we’re delighted to say Gary has been asked to attend the East Midlands ICE Branch future event in September.  So keep an eye out on our events page for more details when they are available.

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