16th May 2019

Knowledge Type

Lessons learned report


, Network Rail Ltd

Major Project

Thameslink Programme

Of Interest To

Academia Consultants Contractors Operators Private sector clients Public sector clients

BIM Delivery for Smart Asset Management


The London Bridge Station Redevelopment was a six-year programme with 11 ‘Entry Into Service’ (EIS) stages.
At the original outset of the project, there was no requirement to provide a BIM Level 1 As-Built 3D model but as the project progressed, the benefits of using the BIM features of Level 2 became apparent. One of these features is the Smart Asset Registers.

With the accumulation of six years of work, the project had amassed:
14,000+ Red Line mark-ups
4000+ As-built drawings
6000+ maintainable assets
16000+ non-maintainable fabric assets
2000 plus assurance files
100 operation and maintenance manuals

Traditionally this material is stored by the National Records Group and incorporated into a health and safety file but retrieval of information can take up to four weeks.

Using BIM level 2 meant scanned 3D models of the station areas with maintainable assets could be tagged with physical QR code asset IDs and digitally tagged on the Smart Asset Register. Assets were captured with photos, videos, photogrammetry and LIDAR laser scanning to create a digital model which could be accessed online. The cloud-based platform allowed all the assurance amassed over the Project to be hosted on the platform so all information available at a click of a button. This pilot scheme was used to be compatible with OPAS so the new system could be used for asset faulting and generate Planned Preventative Maintenance records/programmes. With the assets QR-coded, any time maintenance is carried out the operative can use the new platform to download the report, complete update on what was maintained/replaced and load back as completed PPM.