Lloyd's Register (LR) has recently awarded its first Building Information Modelling (BIM) accreditation to AEC3 UK Ltd (AEC3), an international consulting company in the field of process optimisation in the construction industry.
Buckinghamshire based AEC3 were carefully chosen as the pilot organisation for the BIM accreditation process because it would serve as a test bed and learning process for both parties involved. With its extensive experience of national and international BIM projects, AEC3 served as the ideal organisation with which to perform the pilot. Furthermore the Director, Nicholas Nisbet, is a recognised authority in his field, having been involved with the development and implementation of BIM since 1977, during which time he has contributed to the UK construction strategy and the industry response, and served as co-author of COBie, BS1192:2007 and BS1192 Part 4, and the BS8541 series on construction product data.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is aligned to the application of offsite construction systems and therefore the development of a BIM accreditation scheme was a natural extension of LR’s involvement within the sector following on from the Buildoffsite Property Assurance Scheme (BOPAS).
The assessment of AEC3 culminated in the accreditation of their BIM Business Systems for the following scopes of work:
- BIM Object Provider/Originator
- BIM Project collaboration software Systems Service Provider
"We are delighted to be the first company to gain LR accreditation in BIM, both for AEC3 and for our customers who benefit from competently developed, efficient, repeatable and checkable project and product information." Continued Nisbet "Everyone from manufacturers through to clients need to move away from informal and error-prone craft methods. Accreditation shows AEC3 is leading the way".
The certificate was presented to Director, Nicholas Nisbet at the BSI BIM conference in London during December, by Terry Mundy, Business Development Manager, Lloyd's Register EMEA.
(Photo left to right: Terry Mundy (LR), Nicholas Nisbet (AEC3)