To achieve the Government’s 2016 BIM Level 2 mandate Southend University Hospital Foundation Trust (SUHFT) began by implementing a Common Data Environment (CDE) to manage their data for both internal stakeholders and external suppliers.
The final phase of the BIM implementation strategy at SUHFT was to deliver a Graphical Information System (GIS). This 3D model of the estate showing site boundaries, topography and buildings also contains ‘intelligent objects’ connected to the data within the CDE containing drawings, documents and asset records.
The GIS system was created from the accurate ‘as-built’ asset, facility records and site survey data. Authorised users have the choice to access data via the CDE or take a virtual tour through the estate via the GIS model to locate data relative to their area of interest.
We developed a comprehensive BIM strategy for the Trust which was built on carefully considered Organisational Information Requirements (OIRs) and Asset Information Requirements (AIRs) which were captured and communicated within the Employers’ Information Requirements (EIRs).
A key driver for the hospital’s BIM Level 2 strategy was to implement a Soft Landings and Post Occupancy Evaluation plan to achieve and improve the operation of their facilities. This included the ability to recycle property and asset knowledge back into their information system.
From the process of defining and implementing the CDE with us, the Facilities Management team has developed an understanding of COBie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) best practice. The result has been a set of Employers’ Information Requirements for use when commissioning both capital and small works projects.