Building Information Modelling (BIM) principles have the potential to reduce total project costs by up to 20%. Establishing its applicability to the UK water industry will enable companies to develop their own BIM strategies.
The water industry has invested over £100 billion in assets since privatisation and is expected to invest another £15 billion during AMP6. Any method for reducing this expenditure is very attractive to companies and their customers. A key component of the Government Construction Strategy to reduce infrastructure development costs is the application of BIM principles. Capital savings of up to 20% are expected, with even larger savings over the operational lifetime of the assets.
There is a need to understand the applicability of BIM to the UK water industry. This will allow each water company to develop a bespoke BIM implementation strategy in order to realise and maximise these savings.
A clear BIM strategy for each water company is required to exploit the potential savings of up to £3 billion pounds for the water sector over the AMP6 investment cycle.
WRc will work with project members and representative groups to identify the areas of potential savings to water companies in implementing BIM principles both in the construction of new assets and over the operational life of assets.
The output will be a detailed framework that can be used to develop individual company BIM strategies. This will include:
- A detailed definition of BIM and its applicability in the water sector.
- Identification of required BIM components and activities that need to be completed.
- Case studies from other sectors to illustrate potential methodologies and returns
- A business case setting out costs and potential returns from implementing BIM strategies for water sector projects.
BIM has enormous potential to produce substantial savings in the investment required over the life of an asset. The water sector, as a large investor in capital projects, is in an excellent position to realise substantial savings but an informed, pragmatic and unbiased review of the business case for applying BIM principles in the sector is critical to realising these savings.