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Update on CrossRail Progress - continued

UK’s first dedicated Building Information Modelling academyCrossrail and Bentley Systems has launched a dedicated Information Academy to provide hands-on training to the Crossrail supply chain on the latest technology and software being used to design and build the new railway including Building Information Modelling (BIM).

UK’s first dedicated Building Information Modelling academy

A new academy has been established which is an undertaking of the technology partnership created earlier this year between Bentley Systems and Crossrail Limited. The Information Academy will capture, develop and share BIM best practices with the Crossrail supply chain. The increased use of BIM by industry is a key element of the Government Construction Strategy.

UK’s first dedicated Building Information Modelling academyDetailed design work for the Crossrail project began in 2008 and working in a collaborative 3D environment was a core contractual requirement across each of the 25 design contracts.

The entire project exists in a digital 3D model which is handed to the construction contractors and will eventually move across to the operators and maintainers of the railway – thereby reducing the costs of running the railway.

Today, Crossrail integrates the information developed from over 25 main design contracts, 30 advanced works contracts and over 60 logistics and main works construction contracts, all of which have an extraordinary number of interlinked interfaces within the complex urban environment of London.

Crossrail owns all the project data. The BIM processes provide up-to-date information – either about the 3D model or from a document database – from a central source accessible to all contractors. This significantly reduces information loss between contracts and project stages and gives greater visibility into the design and construction processes.

The Academy, located in Bentley Systems’ offices near Bank station, will offer a curriculum particular to Crossrail requirements focusing on the best use of BIM, latest software and best practice. The training on offer will benefit the entire construction industry by driving standards of design innovation within the construction industry.

To support innovation and the use of Building Information Modelling, Crossrail will next month establish a BIM Industry Panel – engaging academic institutes, construction companies and specialist consultants as a platform to promote collaboration and best practices in BIM. [cwmags]


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Nationwide Platforms support IPAF initiative

The powered access industry must come together and seize the opportunity to improve safety by reporting accidents, according to Mike Potts, Managing Director, Nationwide Platforms.

At the beginning of the year, the International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) launched its Accident Database and invited businesses to confidentially report fatal and serious accidents to enable a greater understanding of the industry.

In July, IPAF announced their first half findings from 2012 and outlined 14 comprehensive benefits of reporting accidents, ranging from enabling better analysis and enhancing training, to promoting the industry by demonstrating the safety credentials of powered access.

IPAF Council member and Nationwide Platforms Executive Director (Operations) Peter Douglas was instrumental in driving for the accident reporting initiative and spoke in depth on the subject at this year’s IPAF Summit.

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