Innovation Award; Sponsor: Bailey Building Services Winner: Laing O'Rourke Construction Northern Ltd Project: Project Managing BIM Models Using an Education Platform for Delivery

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Imagine if you could build before you build. That's exactly what Laing O'Rourke's Building Information Modelling (BIM) technology allows project teams to do - and it is being led from the company's North East operations.

Exploited to its full capacity, BIM can enhance almost every aspect of the design, manufacturing, construction and facilities management processes - offering a degree of detail and integrated knowledge sharing never before available.

Fundamentally, BIM is a sophisticated platform for creating and managing information about a building.

Moving beyond traditional digital prototyping, BIM models bring together a host of information about a facility's physical and functional features across its lifecycle.

As the building evolves and data is passed through the project team, the model becomes richer and more detailed.

Using BIM, every component, material or package of works can be isolated and interrogated against an infinite range of criteria - and, by adding time or time-plus-cost, a project can then be viewed in four or five dimensions respectively.

Unlike CAD, BIM models are embedded with 3D geometric data, allowing a project team to "build before it builds". …