The BIM Level 2 mandate has now passed but these six specialists continue to push the boundaries in the use of digital construction techniques throughout their businesses.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence Bourne
Bourne Construction Engineering
Bourne Construction Engineering continued and improved its use of BIM software in 2016 to produce numerous animations, sequences and renders to help better visualise projects at tender stage. This has helped to de-risk many projects and provide better cost certainty across the board.
Ongoing development aims to improve BIM workflows, allowing rapid reactions when changes need to be made to schemes, with the team actively thinking about new ways to work.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence Cementation Skanska
In a specialism not always closely associated with BIM, 2016 saw Cementation Skanska continue to implement digital ways of working, fully embedding BIM into all areas of the business. The team worked to align BIM with what was needed in a geotechnical environment, and developed a new process that takes away double handling of data.
Cementation Skanska is now able to assess the verticality of installed piles and compare them to the model, with the piling rig automatically sending data about installed piles while asleep, back to the model. The new process has achieved a 50 per cent time saving.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence Metek Howard Gardens
Metek UK has carried out multiple BIM-driven light steel frame projects across the UK in recent years, after embarking on a BIM strategy in 2005.
The past year has seen the firm work on the 800-bed Howard Gardens student residential scheme for Vinci at Cardiff Metropolitan University.
Metek sequenced the installation of light and hot-rolled steel elements using BIM, working closely with M&E and facade contractors, as well as the architect. The company has also used BIM to drive health and safety performance using software developed in-house.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence NG Bailey augmented reality
NG Bailey is an active participant in groups that set standards for BIM, including the CIBSE BIM Steering Group and the Strategic Manufacturers BIM Forum, and has implemented BIM on a wide range of projects.
A particular highlight last year was its work on Soapworks, a project for the Home Office in Manchester.
Delivering M&E design and service installation, the team used BIM to produce a useful FM model, helping to train those who go on to use it in their day-to-day work.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence Plowman Craven
Last year saw Plowman Craven continue to build on past BIM successes, adding value for clients and providing BIM services to major projects nationwide.
These include the Palace of Westminster restoration and renewal programme, Albert Dock in Liverpool, Leicester Cathedral and Colston Hall in Bristol.
For parliament, the firm has laser-scanned the entire building and is producing a BIM model that will form the platform for the high-profile restoration programme to come.
Specialists 2017 BIM Excellence Severfield
Severfield’s use of BIM to help the development and delivery of the Ordsall Chord rail project in Manchester was a stand-out moment in 2016.
Co-ordinated digital modelling enabled the team to deliver an integrated design on time, with one bridge span seeing 4,800 holes in the steelwork accurately modelled to ensure reinforcement bars would pass through without any clashes.
The project includes the first asymmetrical network arch in the world among its seven structures – and Severfield’s use of BIM led to savings of around £375,000 on the project.