Waldeck were appointed onto the Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) – Harbour project last year, to develop the standards for harbour, ports and waterway infrastructure and work is set to start this week.

Working in collaboration with Cardiff University and China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), the project will run over two years, developing the IFC in accordance with the BuildingSMART International Standards Process.

As expert panel members, Waldeck will be reviewing, commenting, discussing and advising the project team on the development of the IFC standards and the final deliverables.

Mark Greatrix, Associate Director and Lead BIM Consultant, said: “Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) comprise of a global standard, which is used to describe, share and exchange construction and facilities management information.

“This project will ensure that assets specific to the ports and harbour industry will be relevant throughout the entire lifecycle, and the legacy data will not become out-dated or un-usable, as is regularly seen at present.”

In order to carry out this project, Waldeck has established a suitable team of experts, who will be involved in the testing and development of IFC.

Mark added: “Being involved with the development of open IFC for ports and harbour data structure, we are further demonstrating Waldeck’s commitment to open BIM, collaboration and our drive for industry-wide improvement through research and development.

“Working on open BIM standards, not only supports our digital aspirations, but also facilitates collaborative improvements across the industry and benefits our many clients across this sector.”

This project came about following a preliminary research project, between Cardiff University and China Communications Construction Company.