Midland Steel is a leading reinforcement solutions provider specialising in providing innovative solutions to reinforcement needs of construction projects by leveraging the power of BIM (Building Information Modelling).

What is Building Information Modelling?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is defined in ISO 19650:2020 as the use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions.

BIM takes a lifecycle approach to managing construction projects and involves all aspects of the built asset. Design, Build, Operate, Integrate. BIM can be thought of as a new approach to organizing all the details of the entire project in a shared digital environment.

BIM Standards test

Although BIM is most commonly associated with 3D models, models can include any combination of 3D models and structured data like product information, execution information and handover information as well.

Benefits of Building Information modelling

BIM has a number of benefits to construction projects across the UK and Ireland. It unlocks efficiency in design and construction of reinforcement elements through:

Elimination of uncertainty:

Elements are placed into the concrete eliminating the possibility of clashes or associated rework.

Elimination of assumptions:

Elements are dimensioned precisely as they fit into the structure.

Elimination of Constraints:

BIM works against transport limitations, site access limitations, lifting limitations on site, tidal waves and associated windows of opportunity for site installation etc. BIM can also be used when deciding on the division of the whole into modules and optimising operations with all constraints considered.

Material Usage Optimisation

Since exact dimensions are known within the BIM model, material usage can be optimised.


BIM also provides the integration of the reinforcement elements, the structure they form, materials utilised, geometry and other data like quality certification, installation sequence, delivery dates and other elements of the project.

Data Management

One central data hub for all reinforcement information (design intent, drawings, temporary works, steel mill certs, delivery notes etc.)

Building Information Modelling in Construction

Tekla Structures for design of FasterFix modules and structural elements, and Trimble Connect as a collaboration tool

BIM Process with Midland Steel

The drawings and material schedules from structural design are used to order cut & bend rebar. This usually means that any clashes, inefficiencies, possible errors, constructability constraints are simply ignored until the material reaches the site.

Our BIM Construction Process

  • Early involvement to value engineer your project
  • Detail to the ISO 19650:2020
  • Offsite Manufacture and Assembly
  • Delivery and Installation

Through early involvement in your project, Midland Steel’s BIM Process provides a Value Engineered Offsite Solution using the most up to date technology. The collaborative approach leads to effective data and process management and an overall efficient method of working.

Midland Steel’s BIM Demo

Midland Steel | Rebar BIM Process | Demo

Tekla Software in Practice

Read about our partnership with Tekla engineering software, and how it helps precisely build constructible models to visualise larger quantities of material and produce accurate schedules and drawings from the model.This case study highlights FasterFix, which enables offsite prefabrication of reinforcement cages with complex geometries not possible with traditional methods.

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Tekla UK BIM Awards

Midland Steel were nominated for Tekla UK BIM Awards 2021. This was specifically for our Dublin Port anchor raft project, and the innovative use of BIM in the delivery of FasterFix solutions for this major marine infrastructure project.

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BIM Standards test

BS EN ISO 19650Information management using building information modelling
-1:2018Concepts and principles.
-2:2018…Information management using building information modelling: Delivery phase of the assets.
-3:2018Information management using building information modelling: Operational phase of the assets
-5:2020Information management using building information modelling: Security-minded approach to information management
BS 8536Briefing for design and construction – Code of practice for
-1:2015Facilities management (Buildings infrastructure)
-2:2016Asset management (Linear and geographical infrastructure)
BS 1192-4:2014Briefing for design and construction – Code of practice for
PAS 1192-6:2018Briefing for design and construction – Code of practice for

Although BIM is most commonly associated with 3D models, models can include any combination of 3D models and structured data like product information, execution information and handover information as well.