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Four major works around the world realised with BIM

Large infrastructures around the world developed with BIM

BIM design has been proven to increase efficiency, improve collaboration, reduce costs and increase accuracy at every stage of a building (design, construction and operation).

That the benefits of BIM are many is therefore a fact, which becomes a reality when it is applied in the realisation of major works all over the world.

Shanghai Tower

The Shanghai Tower stands as a model for BIM (Building Information Modeling) design.

At 632 metres high, it is the first tallest skyscraper in China, and the second tallest in the world. The Shanghai Tower consists of nine cylinders, one above the other, with a total of 128 floors. Each cylinder forms a ‘vertical neighbourhood’ with its own bars, restaurants, gardens and even some shops.

Due to the particular complexity of the skyscraper’s structure, it was decided to use BIM methodology from the beginning and throughout the whole project, from design to construction. As a result, it was possible to coordinate more than 30 consulting firms, dozens of contractors and several design teams, each assigned to their own sector of the giant tower.

Shanghai Tower - Building Information Modeling
Di Baycrest – Opera propria, CC BY-SA 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=47164203


WeWork is a US-listed co-working space rental company with locations in around 120 cities worldwide.

WeWork’s business model makes it necessary to frequently revisit existing spaces and build new ones. For this reason, the WeWork team relies on BIM solutions for the design and construction of its spaces. The advantages are immediate usability of the data, for each building, and a consequent reduction in decision-making times.

Co-working space - wework.com - BIM design
source: wework.com

Oakland International Airport

We’ve all been to an airport, but perhaps we’ve never stopped to think about the number of elements that make up an airport, including moving parts and intricate electrical systems, running 24/7.

The co-ordination required in building and operating an airport is massive, and an error or mistake could cause costly disruptions.

For this reason, in the construction of the Oakland International Airport it was decided to develop the project using BIM design, and to continue using Building Information Modeling solutions during construction.

Oakland airport - BIM design
By Derrick Coetzee from Seattle, USA – Aerial view of Oakland International Airport, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=15910005


Crossrail is the high-speed railway that will serve London and the counties of Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Essex. BIM design was chosen for the design of one of the UK’s most complex and ambitious infrastructures, allowing monitoring of time and budget.

Thanks to the use of the BIM methodology, it was possible to create a centralised database, also known as CDE (Common Data Environment), which allows the use of up-to-date data and thus facilitates collaboration between the many parties involved in the project.

The major British infrastructure is expected to be operational in 2022.

Crossrail UK - Building Information Modeling
fonte: crossrail-international.co.uk

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