Case Study: CAD-to-BIM

Project: West London Warehouse

Our client specialises in creating high-tech environments such as laboratories, containment suites and cleanrooms.

They recently took the opportunity to purchase one half of a fairly modern but vacant warehouse in West London for the purpose of creating cleanroom facilities for a major pharmaceutical company.

The large open space within the structural steel frame, together with an attached office block, provided a superb opportunity to create a number of modular units all under one roof.

Benchmarq was engaged by the client’s BIM manager to create the Architectural and Structural 3D BIM models in order to then hand over to a specialist MEP team with whom we work closely on complex building services projects.

The client was able to provide a comprehensive set of 2D drawings of the existing building and, prior to the start of modelling we undertook a basic dimensional survey of the warehouse in order to verify that the drawings were an accurate representation of the existing structure.

Our team then created a highly detailed 3D BIM model of the structural steel frame, roof and cladding, incorporating all primary and secondary steel elements to LOD3.

The result can be seen below.

This provided a sound and accurate basis for the MEP team to begin their part of the project.

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