BIM extends underground and to end-of-life demolition

BIM for deconstruction will be on the agenda at a forthcoming Design for Deconstruction conference to be held at the Nottingham Trent University.

And the ICE is exploring the use of BIM underground at its Engineering Underground Space conference, which will include a session on “BIM for Tunnel Asset Management and Data Management Underground”.

The Nottingham event, on 23 April, brings together construction and deconstruction professionals to explore the issues of waste and sustainability.

It will also consider the extensive work being done on steel re-use and reclamation, and how Building Information Modelling (BIM) could be extended into deconstruction and potentially become DIM (Deconstruction Information Modelling).

Peter Westland, Dean of the School of Architecture, Design and the Built Environment, said: “There’s clear potential for the use of BIM in deconstruction, and we’re keen to provide a platform for academics and construction and deconstruction professionals to explore how it may be done. Only by collaborating in ways like this is it possible for the technologies of tomorrow to be truly pioneered to help people on the ground in today’s industry.”

Stefan Mordue, a member of the Construction Industry Council BIM 2050 group and technical author and architect at NBS, will talk and lead a panel session on whether BIM should also be DIM.

The programme will also consider how nanotechnology may impact deconstruction, exploring a study currently being undertaken by Dr Wendy Jones and Professor Alistair Gibb of Loughborough University, 

Further speakers include Christopher Trott of Foster + Partners on linking to design to deconstruction, and a keynote address from former chief construction adviser Paul Morrell.

Meanwhile, the ICE event on 18 February will also hear about Crossrail, HS2, London’s Lee Tunnel and the forthcoming Thames Tideway Tunnel.

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