Building Information Modelling – Laing O’Rourke – Build Virtually – Build in Reality
Engineering Scotland records its appreciation to Sean Termansen of Laing O’Rourke and the University of Glasgow for the Autumn Lecture 2014.
Building Information Modelling – a highly sophisticated integration of software which creates a visual representation of a construction project prior to the physical build – Sean Termansen of Laing O’Rourke presented on BIM at our Autumn Lecture, kindly hosted by Professor John Marsh, Head of School (Electronic and Nanoscale Engineering) at the University of Glasgow.
Sean provided an overview of BIM, illustrating with case studies how Laing O’Rourke implements it – simulating in a virtual environment the complete structure in advance of construction – in order to achieve huge efficiencies in design and construction, cost savings and quality assurance. He outlined how, by integrating the scheduling information, all the architects, mechanical and structural engineers and landscapers etc. can operate with ultimate efficiency, reducing operational and management costs on any project. This leads to greater predictability, improved health & safety, reduced waste and ultimately, greater corporate competitiveness and performance and increased client satisfaction.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) was recently used in the construction of the Leadenhall Building in London (pictured), among others.
The 2014 Autumn Lecture was Engineering Scotland’s first – the introduction and welcome was given by Professor John Marsh and there was, as always, an opportunity to ask questions at the end.