In the September edition of Civil Engineering Surveyor magazine Alasdair Snadden wrote an article looking at how Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be used in the dispute resolution process. This got us thinking about how surveying could be used to assist in dispute resolution and particularly in the creation of a Building Model. Typically, surveying is undertaken in the early stages of a project and involves the creation of Topographic and Measured Building Surveys. Surveyors are then utilised to set out procedures, and in some cases in the production of built external and internal drawings, towards the later stages.
One of the clear objectives and benefits of BIM is that at the end of a construction project the model is still available for use within building maintenance, facilities management and as the basis of future modifications to the building, saving both time and money in the long term. The BIM created for construction purposes could be used in its original form for the entire life cycle of the building. Alternatively, for a more precise model, it’s possible to resurvey the building at various stages during the construction in order to use the data to create an accurate ‘as built’ BIM. The latter will require a resurvey during each building phase to ensure that accurate data of each element is recorded.