Case study – The real life benefits of Geotechnical Building Information Modelling

By Gary Morin, Steve Hassall & Roger Chandler

Information Technology in Geo-Engineering. Durham 21- 22 July 2014

Is Building Information Modelling (BIM) a case of the emperor’s new clothes or are there real benefits to it for the geotechnical industry? The basic premise of BIM is for organisations to collaborate and share information through the whole project, from initial conception, design, build and maintenance but what this translates to, how it is achieved and what the benefits are is not clear to a number of geotechnical consultants. This paper will explore what BIM means to the geotechnical industry by looking at real world examples of geotechnical involvement in BIM.