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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

RPS is a national leader in collaborative working and Building Information Modelling (BIM) processes.

We have integrated a BIM philosophy into our design ethos across core engineering disciplines including, civil, structural, mechanical, electrical and architecture. Our fully trained, experienced designers are committed to delivering a quality product across all projects. We have design standards and protocols in place to manage the production, distribution and quality of construction information as recommended in BS1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2:2013. Working with and to these standards and protocols we produce BIM Level 2 maturity models as required by the UK 2016 deadline.

Our recent BIM projects include the M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements project in Scotland, the A684 Bedale Aiskew Leeming Bar Bypass in England, a New Pharmaceutical Building in Dublin, a New Ward Block Project in University Hospital Galway, NDFA Schools Bundles, the Shell Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline and SGN rehabilitation projects.

Case Studies

A684 Bedale Aiskew Leeming Bar Bypass

A684 Bedale Aiskew Leeming Bar Bypass

Will Bros (for North Yorkshire County Council)

The A684 Bedale Bypass comprises a 4.8km single carriageway road between the A684 north of Bedale to the A684 east of Leeming Bar.

RPS is providing design and BIM services on this project, also known as the BALB Bypass. The project involves construction of three new roundabouts, two new overbridges and tie-in to the new grade-separated junction on the A1 Motorway. RPS developed both Pre and Post BIM Execution Plans (BEPs) including a level of model definition (LOMD) for this project.

RPS used 3D visualisations to assist in the identification of two major diversions. An animated 3D presentation was also prepared to ensure that environmental and planning conditions were discharged. RPS is providing BIM development planning (organisational & project) including training to develop BIM capacity and improve effectiveness across the entire project team.

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline

Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL)

RPS has shown on the Corrib Project how 3D modelling can be effective in the design and development of complex infrastructure projects.

Our application of 3D through Building Information Modelling (BIM) for this project facilitated efficient engagement and communication with SEPIL, specialists and relevant contractors on various aspects of the design. This could only have been achieved within the very tight timescale for design using 3D modelling techniques. The 3D model was also used innovatively for reviewing operational and safety aspects of the compound during the design phase. This resulted in various enhancements, plus a clear understanding of the compound’s complex design within the project team. Design conflicts were identified quickly and addressed long before construction drawings were completed and issued to site.

RPS used 3D BIM modelling to produce various views and photomontages (both for discussion and for planning purposes). A number of 3D animations for presentation purposes were also produced.

Construction began in July 2011 and was completed in December 2015. The Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvement Project

M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvement Project

Ferrovial Lagan JV (for Scottish Roads Partnership)

This £500m project will improve the safety and reliability of journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh, and provide a north / south link to the UK.

RPS is working for Ferrovial Lagan JV responsible for the design, construction, commissioning, operation and maintenance of the project on behalf of the Scottish Roads Partnership. A genuine, integrated team approach has been adopted to cover the whole asset lifecycle. BIM has been used as the platform for this integration, managed and steered through the ‘M8 BIM Committee’ which comprises representatives of the designer, constructor and operator.

This innovative multi-party BIM committee has been instrumental in driving collaboration and integration across the entire project team and has brought value to all parties. The benefits include improved planning, more predictable construction and shared training resources.

NDFA Schools Bundles 1 & 3

NDFA Schools Bundles 1 & 3

JJ Rhatigan & Co Ltd

RPS is currently acting as civil and structural consultant to JJ Rhatigan & Co. who were appointed to construct ten new schools on behalf of the National Development Finance Agency (NDFA).

The ten schools, with an overall project value of €61m and a floor area totalling 31,400m2, are located in counties Louth, Meath, Limerick, Kerry, Cork and Dublin.

RPS developed individual BIM models for each school on this project. These models were used to produce the construction drawings and coordinate information between the different disciplines of the design team and the contractor. The BIM models were also used to carry out the structural analysis of the design, utilising integrated BIM design software to effectively deliver project requirements.

New Ward Block, University Hospital Galway

New Ward Block, University Hospital Galway

Health Service Executive

RPS is providing civil and structural design services for a new 3,200m2 75 Bed Ward Block valued at €15m on the University Hospital Galway (UHG) campus.

This three storey structure was designed as a steel frame with proprietary metal ‘multidek’ floor system to create a flat slab.

The BIM team developed and co-ordinated an integrated structural BIM model for this project from which all tender and construction drawings and information were extracted. The BIM processes facilitated on-going design updates to be tracked by multiple designers, utilising this central BIM model.