THINKlab Newsletter

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is recognised as an area of high potential benefit to the construction industry. With the ethos of real world research for real world issues ever present, ongoing research in 3D modelling here at Salford in the University’s state of the art THINKlab is bringing in partners from all corners of the industry to discuss shared projects, plan new research areas and discover the best way forward for the building industry.
In recognition of the potential benefits of BIM Willmott Dixon has established a specialist team to develop a strategy to drive efficiencies through the implementation of Building Information Modelling and Management on their construction sites.


The 3D visualisation platform and BIM compatible technology at the THINKlab provided Willmott Dixon with the ideal venue in which to host a BIM workshop demonstrating a new build project for Manchester City Council – Old Moat Primary School.

Manchester City Council’s technical services, framework management and facilities management representatives, industry professionals, software vendors and university research students attended this session during which Willmott Dixon’s project team presented the Old Moat project’s BIM strategy, progress and a 3D demonstration of the BIM outputs including:

• Visualisation walkthrough
• Integrated modelling
• Clash detection
• Schedule production
• Specification loading
• Operation and maintenance information loading
• Construction time lining


The demonstration on the THINKlab’s large power wall provided an opportunity for all the partners to come together and resolve outstanding issues and instigated a lively debate and discussion regarding the use and future of BIM in construction.