Overseeing a digital transition with Building Information Modelling

The University of Cambridge has appointed Turner & Townsend as programme and project managers to oversee the implementation of Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology into its latest development. 

Key information

Location: UK

Completion date: Ongoing

Client type: Education

Key services: Project management, programme management, BIM

The mixed-use development, on a 150-hectare site, combines residential housing, academic and research facilities, and local centre and public amenities, as well as site infrastructure and open green space.

To identify potential issues and capture learning, a first phase trial project has been undertaken utilising collaborative BIM. This trial involves the development of a multidisciplinary model for a new student accommodation block and the development of a site-wide infrastructure model.

This has proved challenging, requiring significant commitment and resilience from both client and team to overcome the coordination issues typical to the transition to digital collaboration.

Our contribution

Appointed as programme and project managers, Turner & Townsend:

  • managed the appointment of the professional team incorporating BIM within the appointment structure for the trial project, using the new CIC BIM protocols
  • undertook the role of BIM implementation manager to establish the overall strategy and oversee test projects
  • implemented consistent information standards across multiple consultants
  • engaged with a technical specialist to support BIM infrastructure set-up

Making the difference

By enabling this trial project, we are seeking to minimise risk while maximising benefit from lessons learnt from the transition from a traditional way of working to BIM delivery and operation. From this, we will introduce a new BIM-led delivery plan to capture learning and inform later phases and developments.

We are helping the University of Cambridge to take a holistic, independent view of the BIM process through the trial project by focusing on asset operation, beyond the delivery phase.

For further information contact:

Peter Cummings

t: +44 (0)20 75444000