Guidance Open for Consultation

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BIM for Heritage: Developing an Asset Information Model

Historic England began to consider BIM in 2013 and published their first guidance document BIM for Heritage – Developing a historic building information model in 2017. BIM application in the heritage sector to date has had a heavy focus on digital documentation of heritage assets however, for the benefits of BIM as an information management process to be achieved, simple and relevant guidance is required.

This new guidance focuses on heritage asset management, in particular conservation repair and maintenance, and suggests that the first task when adopting a BIM information management approach is to develop an Asset Information Model (AIM).

This guidance is aimed at owners, heritage trusts and others involved in the conservation repair and maintenance of heritage assets. It gives an overview of the BIM for heritage journey, heritage asset management and the BIM information management process. It will help owners and organisations consider how BIM approaches may be used in the planning and delivery of conservation repair and maintenance. It also provides guidance in developing a heritage focused asset information model and the required suite of documents to assist those wishing to adopt BIM information management workflows in a heritage context.

Comments and advice are welcomed on all aspects of this guidance document and the accompanying draft specifications.

This consultation version is text and basic diagrams only. The final, published version will include images and illustrations.

Heritage BIM PhD research

Feedback from this consultation process will contribute towards the Collaborative Doctoral Award:

Heritage BIM – New ways of digital data management for the built historic environment
Historic England and University of Reading
PhD Candidate: Joanna Hull

If you are happy to provide feedback it would be most welcome and would only be used for research purposes. Please see the Historic England privacy policy for full details of our processing activities.

Your name and all identifying information will be removed from the written transcript. Participation is entirely voluntary and you are free to withdraw from the study at any time. The data will be kept securely and destroyed when the study has ended, which will be a maximum of 12 months from the completion of the research. The data will be used for academic purposes only. Copies of any outputs, such as articles or presentation slides, will be available on request.

Please send comments or advice to [email protected] by 12 March 2019

Conserving Georgian and Victorian terraced housing: A guide to managing change

Following requests for a more up to date replacement for the English Heritage document “London Terraced Housing 1660 – 1860”, this guide intends to provide a concise overview of the development of terraced housing and an approach to change in these historic buildings.

It is for local authorities, owners and others involved in the conservation of Georgian and Victorian terraced housing. It gives a historic overview of terraced housing and identifies important features of different types of terrace.

It will help local authorities and others implementing historic environment legislation and policy. It will also help those planning to make changes to terraced housing to understand their buildings and what is special about them. It identifies issues to consider for those wishing to make alterations and it provides helpful information for making planning applications.

Part 1: Consultation on text for guidance mainly aimed at local planning authorities

Comments are welcomed on all aspects of the document.

This consultation version is text only. The final, published version will include images and illustrations.

Part 2: Consultation on potential future guide for owners

a) If Historic England were to develop further guidance aimed specifically at owners of terraced housing, what further issues would you like to see covered?

These may include:

  • Conservation issues like roofs, rainwater goods, structural issues and internal plumbing;
  • Understanding and caring for your terraced house;
  • Alterations including energy improvements, planning alterations and approaches to change.

b) Are there other online or printed sources of information which you think it would be useful for such a guide to refer to?

This consultation will be open until 22 March 2019. All responses should be sent to [email protected]

Lightning Protection: Design and Installation for historic churches and buildings

We are updating our guidance on lightning protection. The new publication will update and replace the former English Heritage publications Lightning Protection for Churches (2000) and Surge Protection Equipment: A guide to selection and installation in historic buildings (2006), and A summary of key differences between BS 6651: 1999 and BS EN 62305: Protection against lightning and the new standard’s key requirements (2008).

We welcome comments and advice on our draft for this new guidance publication.

The new publication will be free to download from our website. It will be illustrated with images and diagrams.

Please send comments or advice to [email protected] by 22 February 2019.


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