Building Information Models – Working Collaboratively

HOP believe in working collaboratively when producing construction information.  Our extensive BIM experience and BSI BIM verification to BS EN ISO 19650-2 proves we understand the relevant processes which are outlined in our Information Management systems. HOP have both the capability and understanding to utilise the right tools to contribute to and deliver BIM-enabled projects.  We first started using Autodesk Revit, our preferred software for producing a digital representation of the building structure, back in 2006. We quickly realised the potential of working with 3-dimensional elemental models, aligning the use of this new 3D environment with our existing 2D CAD Standards.  HOP undertake all our projects in line with our HOP CAD Standards and can, if required, apply relevant processes outlined by the BS EN ISO 19650-2.


We are BIM Verified, for Design and Construction to BS EN ISO 19650-2 as accredited by the BSI. The BSI are the leading assessor of management systems certification, UKAS accredited and awarded our BS EN ISO 9001 Quality Management Systems and BS EN ISO 14001 Environmental Management system, where our processes are holistically interlinked.  The BSI said ‘The information demonstrated good maturity of knowledge within the Organisation and has enabled very comprehensive guidance, including a useful BIM Manual to be produced, setting out the HOP way of working. Documentation was found to be very clear and included both textual and graphical aids along with flow charts and guidance notes.The Assessor from the BSI commented our BIM processes were ‘one of, or maybe the best’ he had seen for an appointed party, a huge achievement for the team.

Our Accreditation proves, as a Structural and Civil Engineering Appointed Party, we have the relevant information management system in place, to successfully generate, coordinate and exchange BIM project deliverables compliant to BS EN ISO 19650-2.  We also understand and have historically completed projects to PAS and BS 1192 suite of guidance.

Many of the HOP Team are BRE BIM trained, with our Senior BIM Champions trained under PAS 1192 as Task Team Leaders who drive forward our BIM expertise and Accreditation.  We have completed a significant number of BIM projects collaborating with other construction professionals.  One of our early BIM projects was a BIM Research Project – Innovation in Practice Project for Constructing Excellence, one of only 4 in the UK, to review PAS 1192 Level 2 BIM industry performance for Worthing Homes.  More recently we have completed a new £35m Office facility for HM Revenue & Customs under their ‘Building Our Future Locations Programme’.

For our first major 3D project, we modelled the complete structure of the £92M American Express Stadium – home of Brighton and Hove Albion. This enabled early design stage 3D visualisation, manipulation of complex geometrical shapes and the integration of our structural design analysis and design software.  Close collaboration was achieved between all the other construction professionals allowing clash detection and coordination workshops with commensurate savings in design time. Utilisation of BIM processes and technologies helps us connect with other team members, express where we have been innovative and be more flexible to iterative design processes.


To assist with the collaboration required on a BIM Project we primarily use Autodesk Revit and Civils 3D. We have substantial experience with working with Common Data Environments (CDE’s) and understand our roles and responsibilities as an Appointed Party.

We have completed BIM capability assessment forms/matrix which outlines our BIM, IT and Resource competencies and we can provide copies of these on request.

If you have a BIM project you need assistance with, using a trusted independently accredited Civil and Structural Engineer Appointed Party, then please get in touch.