Taking a cue from global practices, the Maharashtra Metro Rail Corporation Limited (MAHA-METRO) has adopted Bentley’s 5D BIM (Building Information Modelling) digital platform to manage the project and mitigate project challenges majorly leading to time and cost overruns.
Being an integral part of overall 5D BIM technology, BIM is not only available during construction, but also used [significantly] in the operation and maintenance phase of metro projects. This is a pioneering approach, one-of-its-kind, which is happening for the first time in metro projects in India. 5D BIM implementation work for Nagpur metro project is in the final stage of completion and is planned to be operational by next month.
That said, in order to nurture and train the manpower to enable the ecosystem and to extract the benefits of BIM for metro projects, a world-class facility—BIM academy—is being established under the umbrella of MAHA-METRO. This will bring together the best practices of BIM and asset information management system.
Currently, two projects—Nagpur Metro and Pune Metro—will directly benefit from this academy. The primary purpose of this academy is to impart knowledge and technical know-how to channel partners like DDCs, GCs, consultants, contractors, stakeholders, IT and other metro organisations. This will help pave way for all upcoming metros in India to adopt the state-of-the-art BIM technology.