London Blackfriars Station: Extending BIM Services to Your Client and Stakeholders
Lecture    AB2422
Gary Furphy
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How does Building Information Modeling (BIM) help architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) firms extend the services they provide to their clients? This class will look at how Jacobs used BIM on the £350M+ London Blackfriars station project that spans the Thames River in Central London. You will learn about the innovative additional services that they were able to provide to their client Network Rail, constructor Balfour Beatty, and stakeholders and see examples of services that are simply impossible with traditional 2D workflows. The class aims to show how your firm can extend the range of services that it can provide to clients by using BIM. The class will also look at how BIM was used to keep an overground station open with trains passing through during its construction period (nine phases of interim stations) while the London Underground district and circle lines continued to operate under the site. The class will demonstrate how real-time BIM viewing, using Autodesk® Navisworks® software, and planning brought benefits to many stakeholders who had never worked on a BIM-enabled project before.

Key Learnings

  • Describe how Autodesk® Revit® and Navisworks software were used for temporary structures on-site
  • Explain the challenges of constructing a major infrastructure project in Central London
  • Realize the potential of BIM modeling beyond the design stage
  • Introduce BIM to project stakeholders who are outside of the core building design and the construction team


 Gary Furphy
Gary Furphy
Gary Furphy Jacobs, Buildings BIM Manager, has a background in Building services engineering but IT was never far from his interests, he began working for Jacobs in 1999, by 2002 one of Dublin’s CAD managers before moving into Jacobs global Design Technology Services group . During this time he worked extensively implementing and supporting design technology for Jacobs in Ireland , involving many multi disciplinary core client projects using applications such as PDMS, AutoCAD, Navisworks and Autodesk’s developing suite of BIM design tools. He has just returned from an assignment in London, UK on the Blackfriars Station Redevelopment project, he played a key role directly interfacing with the client Network Rail to showcase the benefits BIM.

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