Sherfield Building, Imperial College, London
Client: Imperial College
Located within the heart of London, Imperial College London is the only UK university to focus entirely on science, engineering, medicine and business. It was therefore a natural progression for the Estates team to develop a digital estates database. Part of the Estate’s scope is to have accurate base BIM models created from laser scan data. Sherfield Building was surveyed using three scanners during half term break and at night to minimise disruption to staff and students. Platinum 3D’s modelling team used the point cloud data to produce an LOD 3 model to include lighting and mechanical elements. The data from the model will be an integral part of the facilities management database, which will help provide a platform that standardises the format and creates an efficient and cost-effective management tool across the site.
For the design teams there are clear benefits of collaboration, visualisation, coordination and information retrieval. This readily translates into increased cost efficiencies. For clients, an information-rich model allows design outcomes to be modelled and agreed early in the building lifecycle at the briefing and design stages. The lifetime performance of a building can be maximised and efficiencies delivered, with standardised information delivered in Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie). It supports ‘Soft Landings’ (the BSRIA-led process designed to assist the construction industry and its clients deliver better buildings).