Melia Smith and Jones, Leeds, UK - Structural and Civil Engineering Consultants - Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Melia Smith and Jones - Consulting Engineers
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) - Introduction

Melia Smith & Jones have always embraced the latest computer aids and technologies to allow us to do what we do more effectively. We have a long history of modelling structural arrangements in 3-D, initially because of our involvement with water slide structures. This has led us into projects involving complex 3-D geometry such as:

  • Setting out drawings for steel fabrication on the Singapore LRT system, which had guide beams needing to be bent in all three planes to suit super-elevation requirements; and
  • Complex staircases with limited support to satisfy architectural demands such as those at Heathrow Terminal 5 and St Pancras.

We have therefore invested in BIM through the use of Revit, Navisworks and 3-D AutoCAD giving the following benefits:

  • Working models to produce project drawings
  • Improved co-ordination
  • Integration of models within design team
  • Outline quantities available from model
  • Visualisations of complex issues

We have developed our procedures for BIM level 2 adopting the standards and methods set out in BS1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2-2013.