The Federation of Piling Specialists (FPS) has called for greater main contractor awareness of the application of BIM for below ground construction.
The move follows feedback from a recent survey where over 80% of respondents confirmed a beneficial impact from use of BIM in the piling sector but few reported calls from clients for its application.
Speaking about the findings Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering technical director Mark Pennington, who leads the FPS’s BIM Working Group, said: “Great progress has been made in recent years with regards to BIM and its adoption into all areas of construction, however, there is still much to be done in widening its application to below ground construction techniques such as piling and foundation works.
“The understanding of digital construction must evolve so that BIM users recognise that it does apply to all construction areas including piling.”
The FPS, as part of its BIM activity is raising awareness at all client levels of its benefits in regard to its member’s services and activities, but recognises that a wider understanding is still needed of its application across all construction, especially piling and substructure.
The FPS has said that it is looking at ways to further engage with clients to ensure the full benefits of BIM with respect to piling and foundations are realised and used. In particular the FPS is working with the AGS Data Management Committee to investigate the possibilities of using the AGS format for piling information to create a platform for transfer of piling design and construction information in digital format.