Durham University

Durham University’s Estates and Buildings Department procure, acquire, manage, maintain and operate approximately 370 University assets that host over 3,000 staff and 17,500 Students.

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Durham University


Durham, UK


Project Management, Strategy, Building Performance



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The University has a very clear vision for its estate. In its status as a leading international university, it asked BIM Academy to examine how it could improve the implementation of BIM to support the University’s operational goals and create a BIM enabled vision and BIM implementation roadmap.

We developed an operational strategy which included a new recommended structure of asset management processes and improve current internal skills and technology. We crafted a new training plan to support the realisation of the roadmap.

We created templates for essential BIM compliant documents such as Exchange Information Requirements (EIR) and an outline budget with indicative costs for implementation including staff resource.

The overriding recommendation was for the University to adopt BIM-enabled processes to drive efficiencies in their maintained estate and capital growth programme. The proposed long-term strategy was to develop a digital representation of the campus in which the geometry of the estate is modelled with associated metadata about all maintainable assets, held in a consistently named format and linked to existing and future building management systems (CAFM, CMMS and BMS).

This digital ‘single source of truth’ is at the heart the effective future management of the estate.