28 August 2012 ­ — The UK’s Crossrail and Bentley Systems have used their technology partnership to open a dedicated Information Academy to capture, develop and share building information modelling best practices with the Crossrail supply chain.

Crossrail is the new high frequency railway being developed for London and the South East.

Crossrail’s chief executive Andrew Wolstenholme said Crossrail was pioneering the use of BIM in Europe on a scale that had not been seen before.

“This has directly enabled us to develop innovative engineering design solutions, minimise waste and reduce future costs for maintaining the railway,” he said.

“The academy will support the government construction strategy by increasing the use of BIM in the construction industry and creating a lasting legacy of best practice in innovation.

“The training received at the academy will also help contractors use the knowledge and skill gained here on other major projects such as HS2.”

Bentley Systems’ chief executive Greg Bentley said the UK’s “particularly advantageous innovation strategy” was collaborative BIM.

“Beyond technology, what’s most exciting for us about the academy’s potential contribution is what we can all learn from ‘working smarter together’ with the Crossrail construction supply chain – collaborating to yield BIM benefits during construction, while also improving lifecycle information quality.”

To support innovation and the use of BIM Crossrail will next month establish a BIM Industry Panel – engaging academic institutes, construction companies and specialist consultants as a platform to promote collaboration and best practices in BIM.