The £150M Royal Hospital for Sick Children and Department of Clinical Neurosciences is considered as the single largest project that was designed by HLM Architects. To carry out this complex project, the project team had implemented UK Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 from the beginning of the project.
The project team had embraced a “full BIM Level 2” working surroundings and gradually formed a ‘Project Information Model’ or PIM all through the design and construction phases.
That PIM comprises of structured graphical and non-graphical information which are preserved in a Common Data Environment (or CDE); a common online space that is available to all concerned parties.
HLM Architects substantiated their graphical information models in ARCHICAD. The information model of the project was formed recurrently over time. HLM’s Model Manager received a graphical information model files from across the design team and supply chain on a twice-a-week basis, afterward integrate or ‘organize’ them into a single model for evaluating in design co-ordination meetings.
All the project related drawings are generated in the 3D model, in ARCHICAD. The mass [of the data] is then exported as PDFs or Excel spreadsheets and uploaded to the CDE.”
By utilizing PDF or Microsoft Excel format, the information was made available to all sections of the supply chain.
In the project, there were advanced mechanical and electrical installations and huge amounts of equipment. Besides, a very data heavy project information model is also required for the project. To resolve this problem, the team seldom loaded-up the complete federated model rather than they divided it into controllable sections, only looking at the specific information they needed to at any one time.
By producing the comprehensive design in a BIM surrounding, a robust information model is formed for being analyzed on site.