Over forty leading experts took part in a workshop exploring Building Information Modelling (BIM) for historic buildings and structures in Luxor, Egypt between the 12th and 16th March 2015. Edwards Hart Director John Edwards presented to Egyptian and UK participants at the first international event of its kind. John said: “BIM is only slowly catching on in new construction, but is almost unknown in the heritage sector”. John added: “We at Edwards Hart advise our clients on the significance, condition, conservation and management of historic buildings and I am absolutely certain that BIM will be part of this in the future and we are playing our part in shaping this”.

John Edwards has already developed a Heritage BIM (HBIM) concept for Cadw’s Heritage Cottage and working with Cardiff Metropolitan University is progressing towards a BIM. The HBIM concept at Heritage Cottage has two basic layers of information, one of which is technical and operational and the other comprises historic and cultural significance values and data. John described this as two types of BIM: Existing Building Information Modelling (EBIM) containing the type of technical and management information that would be necessary for all existing buildings with and without heritage merit and the other is HBIM. The HBIM comprises that additional layer of information for those buildings and structures with heritage merit.

The workshop also comprised a number of individual strands with John leading the group looking at the input of philosophy and significance into a BIM.

The main parts of the proceedings will be published in 2015 and the Edwards Hart website will announce further details of this publication in due course.

Edwards Hart continues to work with Universities and others to help develop EBIM and HBIM and ultimately to advise property owners over the attributes of BIM and how to apply it.