Da na, na na na Na, na na (okay that was my best attempt at keystroking the Olympic theme song) also makes me wonder if I can say Olympics without some legal disclaimer. Anyway, BIM is at work with the London Olympics, and not for what you orignally might think, but rather for the engineering and widening the M25 Motorway.
M25 Motorway Project
The M25 motorway that circles London is one of Europe’s busiest highways. In 2009, England’s Highways Agency awarded a US$10 billion contract to the Connect Plus consortium for future development, operation and maintenance of the M25 motorway.
Part of that contract includes widening over 23 miles of the motorway’s northwestern quadrant and 17 miles in the northeast from 3 lanes to 4. Construction commenced in the spring of 2009 and must be completed before the London 2012 Summer Olympics. This requires finishing construction in approximately half the time it typically takes for a project of this scope.
In fact Autodesk, in an Oscar worthy, let’s give awards to ourselves turn, awarded the joint venture of Atkins & Skanska Balfour Beatty a Autodesk BIM Experience Award, while I don’t know if you get a statue of glass obloid sort of thing, what I do know, is you don’t do this for the award, you do this because it makes sense, it saves money, it gets things done, so Kudos to you Atkins & Skanska Balfour Beatty, you real men (& women) of genius.
You can read more about the project here: BIM Motorway Project