BIM at the heart of HS2 Design

the BIM Team of the Design House is led by TYPSA and includes experts from the 3 design companies. it works collaboratively with the BIM team of the SCS contractor, defining and implementing the BIM methodology.

In 2016, the UK Government launched a Construction Strategy in order to reduce the cost of building and infrastructure projects throughout their entire life cycle, with a focus on the operation phase (Opex). The HS2 high-speed line that will connect 8 of the 10 largest cities in the UK at a speed of 400km/h is part of this Strategy, and from its conception it was established that it should be developed in a collaborative manner, based on information models with a Level 2 BIM Maturity.

 TYPSA is part of the Design Joint Venture (Design House) with Arup and Strabag in the two southern contracts (S1 and S2) for the Construction Joint Venture SCS, composed of Skanska, Costain and Strabag.

 The BIM Team of the Design House is led by TYPSA and includes experts from the 3 design companies. It works collaboratively with the BIM Team of the SCS Contractor, defining and implementing the BIM methodology to give joint responses to the HS2 requirements.

 The work developed by the BIM Team meets HS2’s determination of using BIM to the highest standard in order to increase productivity, reduce the use of material and carbon footprint and become a new standard for the industry. The methodology has achieved a significant number of tangible benefits: having a single source of information that allows you to produce the information once, but use it many times, and calculate the impact of any design change quickly and accurately.

 The digital approach of the project and the innovative BIM development has received the Year In Infrastructure 2018 award in the category of ‘Innovation in Rail and Transit’ awarded by Bentley. To build on this experience, we are collaborating with the National College for High Speed ​​Rail teaching BIM in a rail industry in continuous evolution.