Model Validation

The importance of accurate, precise and relevant information

A robust and successful information management strategy is underpinned by strict but simple quality control procedures. Oakwood produce information management strategies to help designers and contractors author and deliver building information models aligned with project standards.

A key premise of BIM is the ability to create structured, shareable information which can be reused for multiple purposes. Oakwood reduce the risks associated with using this information by deploying an assurance and validation process. We use rule-based checking software to ensure that data that is entered is valid and in accordance with the project information delivery plan. We help our clients make data driven decisions with our assurance process.

Data alone is not sufficient for decision making. Data that is validated, analysed and combined produces information. This information helps to manage construction projects from inception to handover. We take raw data and make it useable for construction professionals.

Oakwood’s approach

Validation and assurance is a key part of a project controls strategy. We utilise the information created as part of the BIM process to enable validation at set stages, for any purpose. This may be to identify cause and effect for changes, cost impacts, delays, design defects, safety issues, trade clashes, logistics and plant movements. As part of our assurance procedures we validate geometry to identify design clashes reducing potential errors on site.

Our approach to non-geometric validation and assurance is to efficiently and objectively determine if requirements are being met, information is being produced according to standards, and that information can be trusted to make better decisions. A ‘three lines of defence’ process commences with first ensuring those responsible for creating content are capable, that information is assured using the controls strategy and approved for use. We adopt our own BIM and information management framework to support auditing and assurance.

Our independence enables us to act impartially when managing the process of coordination, validation and assurance. The value we bring is based on efficiency, independence, reliability and credibility underpinned by our engineering background. Our process is aligned with our approach to Virtual Design and Construction and provides tangible benefits to construction teams.

Example – Optimising location of tower cranes on construction site through virtual design.