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EAMS Group’s Richard White and David Gate presented at the Rail BIM Summit 2017, on the 15th February at Addleshaw Goddard Offices, London.

They presented on the topic “Where is this new BIM technology taking us?” and the presentation covered the current situation with BIM Level 2, Integrations between BIM and EAM systems, enhancement of data capture into ‘BIM Level 2a’ and the and the future of BIM ‘Level 3’.

The focus of their talk was around how Railways around the globe can take advantage of BIM technology and data created as part of the design and construction to improve the operations and maintenance of their assets, and bring forward the Maintenance & Operations perspective into the scope of information captured as part of design – for example modelling of linear assets & systems as they are understood from a maintenance viewpoint. They showcased our advancements and maturity in BIM to EAM integrations through a series of live demonstrations and how the worlds of CAPEX and OPEX are truly converging including the link with IoT data streams triggering actions within the Enterprise Asset Management Solution.

There were also great talks from Mathew Brett (Head of BIM at TfL) on TfLs vision for BIM and its relationship with EAM, and Malcolm Taylor (Head of Technical Information at Crossrail) on what they’ve learnt from using BIM on Crossrail as the project starts to enter its final stretch. There were also some interesting and novel presentations on 4D and VR projects.

One key take away from the event was the importance and impact of BIM to the end client for Operations and Maintenance, but with some uncertainty still surrounding who will step up to drive Rail Industry specific standards such as asset classifications, hierarchies and data dictionaries to cover each stakeholders perspective.  Rail Technical Strategy demands this integration, but it is clear that there is a space still to be filled!