Bligh Tanner recognised for BIM excellence
Bligh Tanner was delighted to be the only engineering firm recognised at the 2015 Australasia Revit Technology Conference (RTC) for Building Information Modelling (BIM) excellence.
Simon Byng, Senior Structural Drafter at Bligh Tanner collected the runner up prize in the Documentation category of the RTC Competition, for the innovative use of 3D imagery in documenting the 2018 Commonwealth Games Sports and Leisure Halls project (currently being undertaken with BVN).
“It is great to be recognised for the strength of our drawings and to be the only engineering firm selected along with some of Australia’s largest and best architecture firms,” Byng said.
Bligh Tanner has used 3D imagery in the Sports and Leisure Halls project to add to the understanding of the building’s geometry and construction sequence, while still producing high quality traditional structural engineering documentation.
“We have used images to explain complex truss connections in a clearer and more efficient way than traditional documentation. Stair paths can be explained more clearly with an image than with multiple elevations, and welded frames can be easily visualised,” Byng said.
Byng believes Australia needs to follow the likes of New Zealand, Singapore and the UK whose governments have introduced policies to mandate the use of BIM on major infrastructure projects, such as hospitals and educational institutions.
“BIM is incredibly valuable in generating models that are not simply pretty pictures but contain important data that can greatly enhance efficiency and result in significant cost savings on projects,” he said.