(Wessex Archaeology, Salisbury, UK)

Keywords: BIM, Commercial Archaeology, Project Management

Within the AEC industry the focus is on BIM as a project management tool, underpinned by an information rich 3D model. This tends not to be how most heritage professionals engage with BIM, however, and even AEC professionals fail to fully explore the benefits BIM can bring to heritage projects (Atkinson et. al, in press). There is, on both sides, a failure to understand the needs and benefits of a holistic approach.
Instead we should look beyond BIM as an information repository for historic buildings, as is common in heritage circles, and not treat historic buildings in the same way as a new build, as is common in the AEC industry. The application of BIM as a project and asset management tool could increase efficiency, decrease problems and lead to better outcomes for both clients and heritage assets. This applies not just to historic buildings, but to construction and infrastructure projects too. Such use of BIM could create significant changes in the way commercial archaeology companies operate and interact with stakeholders.
This presentation will first review how BIM for Heritage has previously been conceived and implemented. It will then use a number of examples to outline how, with a holistic view of its use, it can be used to benefit many types of archaeological project, including pre-construction survey and mitigation works.

Relevance for the conference: This presentation will look at the best way to apply BIM, a relatively new technology/process, to a broad spectrum of cultural heritage projects, including the mitigation of archaeological risk ahead of construction
Relevance for the session: This presentation will offer insight into how the utility of BIM can be maximised in heritage, expanding beyond the approaches often seen in presentations and articles on the subject
Innovation: This presentation will give an holistic view of BIM’s use in heritage rarely seen in the heritage or AEC industries

  • Campbell-Bell, D. (2015) Archaeology and BIM: An Introduction. BIM Today, Vol. 3, 52-53. Atkinson, D. Campbell-Bell, D. and Lobb, M. (in press) The conservation and management of Historic vessels and the utilisation of 3D data for information modelling. In: 3D Modelling and Interpretation for Underwater Archaeology