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Building Information Modelling

RPS is a market leader in BIM and one of the first engineering consultancies to achieve Level 2 BIM Business Certification from BRE Global (2015). This is recognition of our capability to use advanced 3D modelling tools and to have the standard methods and procedures, skilled staff and infrastructure in place to deliver on Level 2 BIM requirements.

In collaboration with third level academic partners, RPS has developed a multi-award winning Higher Diploma in Engineering in BIM (Honours Degree Level) and we have won awards for our approach to delivering projects in a Level 2 BIM environment. We work collaboratively with employers, contractors and operators to deliver best lifecycle value.

We have integrated a BIM philosophy into our design ethos, producing quality designs that can be monitored, recorded and issued. Our clients benefit from the knowledge that we have the latest design technology implemented by fully trained, qualified and experienced staff producing accurate and tangible designs to visualise their end goal.

Case Studies

Advance Technology Buildings



RPS was engaged to provide two Advance Technology Buildings each with a floor area of approximately 2,650 m2 along with associated car parking, site services and landscaping. The buildings were designed to achieve LEED CS accreditation, and to consist of approximately 1,535m2 double height production space, 1,100m2 of office space over two floors, sanitary facilities and common areas.

A BIM Execution Plan (BEP) was developed by the design team in response to the employer’s project brief and outlined the BIM roles and responsibilities and level of detail to be achieved. It also described the naming convention for drawings, documents layers and objects in line with BS1192 & PAS 1192.

A Common Data Environment (CDE) was used to share the models and information developed by the project design teams including the civil, structural, mechanical and electrical designers. Each team utilised Autodesk Revit’s work-sharing capacity to enable several BIM originators to carry out design development through local files linked to a live federated model. This process allowed “live” clash detection to be carried out. This in turn allowed the design team to further develop the design to meet the client requirements.

For the construction stage of the project, RPS acted as Employer’s Representative. As part of the tender process the contractor was required to set up an online cloud system to act as a CDE. The contractor, the client and all members of the design team were granted access. The CDE was then utilised to allow effective sharing of all project information including the works requirements, technical submittals and requests for further information. This approach allowed all members of the supply chain access to the same information to enable effective project communications.

Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline



RPS was appointed by Shell E&P Ireland Ltd. (SEPIL) in January 2007 to find a modified route for the Corrib Onshore Gas Pipeline, a critical piece of national infrastructure for Ireland. The Onshore Pipeline element comprises 8.3km of 20” upstream gas pipeline with a maximum allowable operating pressure of 100bar. Some 4.6km of this tunnel is beneath Sruwaddacon Bay (cSAC, pNHA). The pipeline was completed in December 2015 and now links the Corrib Gas Field (located over 80km offshore) to the Gas Terminal at Bellanaboy, County Mayo. The project won the Engineers Ireland Outstanding Project of the Year Award in 2016.

RPS deployed innovative BIM technologies in the design of the tunnelling compound for the project. This involved the coordination of a range of engineering disciplines including geotechnical, pavement, traffic, drainage, and structures. This was another award-winning initiative, the project being recipient of Best Technical Paper for 'The Evolution of Digital Data during the Design and Construction of a Large Infrastructure Project' at the CitA International BIM Conference in 2013.

For a project with various planning, environmental and technical constraints, BIM enabled efficient engagement and communication with SEPIL, specialists and relevant contractors on various aspects of the design. We produced 3D visualisations of the compound which were invaluable during construction to demonstrate compliance with planning constraints. The BIM model was also used for reviewing operational and safety aspects of the compound during the design phase, perhaps one of the key outcomes and efficiencies to be realised from this approach. This resulted in various enhancements, plus a clear understanding of the compound's complex design within the project team. Design conflicts were identified quickly and addressed long before construction drawings were completed and issued to site.

Raith Interchange – M8 / M73 / M74 Motorway



RPS broke new ground in pioneering BIM technologies on this project, the first largescale implementation of Level 2 BIM on a major infrastructural project in Ireland or the UK.

Raith Interchange is one of the busiest strategic connecting junctions within central Scotland's motorway network. The RPS design team faced a unique engineering challenge at Raith – developing a new elevated free flow rotary above the existing roundabout and the construction of an underpass beneath it, all in a flood plain adjacent to an area of environmental sensitivity, massive artesian pressures and variable ground conditions. The interchange remained live to traffic during construction and within a very confined footprint.

RPS produced a fully co-ordinated and federated BIM model of the alignment, structures, drainage, utilities, temporary works, signage, road markings and lighting. We significantly increased efficiency and productivity on the project through the innovative use of BIM for traffic management, clash avoidance and value engineering. We could extract from the BIM model all information required to maximise the integration of temporary road alignments and pavements into temporary design solutions, minimising work quantity and traffic disruption.

Detailed visualisations of temporary traffic management in 3D and 4D were indispensable as an engagement tool, in that they allowed for understanding in real time of the design proposals, facilitating greater collaboration and better outcomes with local authorities and other stakeholders.

Testament to the extent of innovation, the project has been selected as an Exemplar for the definition of the Scottish BIM Mandate; it received the judges’ special commendation at the inaugural Irish BIM Innovation Awards held in November 2016 and was awarded the ACEI Excellence Award (Overseas Category) in 2018.