Aukett Swanke and BIM

Aukett Swanke has long recognised that the architectural, engineering and construction (AEC) industry is changing towards BIM working processes and methodologies. We invest in skills, IT infrastructures, and change management on an ongoing basis to develop and foster our BIM capabilities.

BIM is at the heart of our ‘One Team’ approach and we believe strongly that it improves efficiency and unlocks the potential of our architects and designers. This collaborative workflow enables us to deliver coordinated data rich BIM models that ultimately can reduce risk allowances and meet project objectives.

As the AEC industry increasingly embraces digitisation, we have been actively researching and testing emerging technologies that have the potential to generate efficiencies whilst simultaneously adding value to projects for our clients.


Protocols and Standards

The maximisation of processes and workflows relies strongly on our internal standards and protocols and has a significant impact on productivity, while ensuring a sustainable BIM implementation. Following our BIM Deployment Plan guidelines, a BIM Protocol was drafted, and incorporated into our internal QA management system to regulate modelling best practices, rule out standard workflows, Model checking tools and Model sharing standard procedures.


















Key areas we can assist

  • Visualisation of the design and enhancement of design communications to improve understanding and decision making.
  • Communication of the design and details promoting improve transfer of requirements across the design and construction disciplines.
  • Promotion of collaborative working as a basis to achieve best value.
  • Use of the BIM model to review the design and address coordination challenges before procurement and construction.
  • To improve the coordination process and awareness of the spatial constraints through the use of clash detection software.
  • Assess the design performance in regards to spatial requirements.
  • Integration with the BIM environment for the engineering disciplines and other specialist consultants and technical disciplines.

What we are exploring

Virtual Reality

Combining Autodesk Revit with a real-time rendering engine with the ability to turn 3D modelling and design development to an immersive experience, allowing users to visualise the design from a human perspective where scale and proportion are captured in a realistic way.

Scan the adjacent code with a QR reader to view the model for a proposed fitout of Radio House in Cambridge.


BIM for offsite manufacturing and modular construction 

BIM facilitates the deployment of Preā€fabrication, Modularisation and Offsite Manufacturing. The potential benefits can include quality of finish; build tolerance as well as potential to reduce build time on site. Commissioning and snagging can also be eased with off-site manufactured items.

See more of this work in our Hotels Research and Development, including the Sleep Set concept hotel room which was fully prefabricated in 72 cassette modules and reassembled on a constrained site in less than 48 hours.



We are extending the out-of-the-box Revit tools for data management, software interoperability, BIM Model QA and geometry creation with Visual Programing, DesignScript Syntax and Python programing language.


For further information please contact our BIM Manager, Rui Costa


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