Contractors World UK & Ireland Vol 3 No 6 - page 32

HS2 Must Clarify BIM
Expectations Warns FPS
With the recent HS2 Supply Chain Event
highlighting the importance of BIM use
within all elements of the project, The
Federation of Piling Specialist’s (FPS) warns
that a lack of clarity over BIM expectations
risks excluding many tier two contractors –
piling subcontractors included.
FPS Chairman, Jim
De Waele (left), said:
“HS2 [The client] must
specify now what its
expectations are in
terms of BIM if they
wish to engage with
the widest possible
number of contractors, so that the supply
chain, and in particular the smaller tier two
contractors, can start planning and investing
in the appropriate technology.
“There is no doubt that HS2 has the
potential to be quite lucrative and will
present many opportunities to pretty much
all areas of construction, but to maximise
the spread of potential benefits, across
the widest construction sector, specifics are
needed now.
“The construction sector is often accused
of being slow to innovate, yet I believe the
best way to encourage the entire length of
supply chain to adapt is to describe, clearly
and distinctly, what is required.
“In terms of BIM, with requirements
defined, suppliers of solutions and products
can then make an informed choice over
whether to invest or not in the tools and
skills necessary to be a part of this project.
In addition, it gives those companies with
some catching up to do, the time to get up
to speed and be BIM level 2 compliant if
that is what is required”.
Jim continued “This is an issue for our
members and we are doing everything we
can to prepare them for BIM and a common
data environment. We have produced some
great summaries of what BIM means to our
membership, but the issue will affect the
entire potential HS2 supply chain unless
clarification comes quickly”.
With the first pre-qualification for the site
investigation phase being offered shortly,
the FPS also calls for tighter specification of
the requirements for data collection.
Jim De Waele also commented: “We
have long had 3D representations derived
from AGS data, and the AGS members, the
site investigation companies, provide their
work in this format, but by and large, by
the time their associates and FPS members
get involved with the job, the data in AGS
format has been lost.
“Instead pdf’s and scanned borehole logs
are what remains. We now have the chance
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