Graham Construction has become the first UK and Ireland contractor to achieve a double BIM certification, achieving the BSI Kitemark certification for both BIM Design and Construction (PAS 1192-2) and BIM Asset Management (PAS 1192-3).

Incorporating BIM right across its £565 million construction business, Graham has trained more than 500 people on its team in this approach and is using it to deliver projects including Baird & Anchor Hospitals on behalf of NHS Grampian, a 383 unit build-to-rent development on Liverpool’s iconic waterfront, framework for The Royal Botanic Gardens, Kew in Richmond, London, and the University of Reading’s Thames Valley Science Park development in Shinfield, Reading.

Melanie Dawson, Head of BIM at Graham and Chair of the Northern Ireland BIM Regions Group, said: “Embedding BIM into our everyday business practices has been a priority at Graham. We are using the growing volume of information on construction projects to make smarter decisions, control costs and deliver consistently excellent projects. BIM is also helping us improve efficiency in the supply chain which in turn significantly benefits our clients. More importantly it gives our clients and stakeholders the confidence and assurance that we will deliver consistent excellence from project inception through construction and into asset management.

Congratulating Graham on the dual certification, Gavin Summerson, Senior Certification Manager at BSI (British Standards Institution) said: “The BSI BIM Kitemark is the most rigorous test of an organisation’s implementation of BIM and GRAHAM should be very proud of this achievement.

“Not only have they demonstrated the delivery of BIM projects during the design and construction phase in accordance with PAS 1192-2, they have also demonstrated that they are continuing to work to BIM level 2 at the asset management phase, in accordance with PAS 1192-3.  This helps both Graham and their clients to realise the full benefits of BIM, to enable the effective management of information throughout the asset lifecycle, providing assurance and trust to asset owners.”