This project takes a case study approach to better understand the challenges to and opportunities for BIM uptake. Areas experiencing different types of development and under different planning regimes will have access to different resources and will face different planning challenges. Focusing on fast-growing cities, metropolitan areas, and towns or rural communities, the project examines BIM’s potential for addressing a diverse set of contemporary planning challenges in a range of settings. Case studies include Cambridge, representing fast-growing cities and Bristol, as an example of a metropolitan area or medium-sized city. To capture some of the diversity of the UK’s devolved planning system, the project will also focus on a case in Scotland, and will consider how BIM and CIM can support planning in smaller settlements or rural areas.
Cambridge, in the East of England, offers the opportunity to explore barriers to and opportunities for information modelling to assist in planning for a city experiencing rapid growth, burgeoning housing demand, and rapid modernisation.
Bristol, in the South West, offers the opportunity to explore barriers to and opportunities for information modelling to assist in planning for a metropolitan area, and how BIM and CIM can support areas that are actively pursuing regeneration efforts.
[Scottish Case Study TBD]
Towns and rural communities
To better understand how BIM and CIM can support towns and rural communities, we will look at a locality in Scotland. Through this case study, we will investigate how BIM and CIM can support towns and rural communities that may be pursuing regeneration efforts, contending with a shrinking or aging population, or facing a changing economic base.