Winner: Metek UK
The judges in this category were deeply impressed and inspired by the way the finalists had pioneered the use of building information modelling over the past 12 months.
What stood out was how far these pioneers from across the supply chain had progressed compared with previous years, with the judging panel praising the range of “very mature, sophisticated entries”.
There was, however, one finalist that raised the bar further than any of its rivals, and that was Metek UK.
Founded 16 years ago by leading champion of offsite manufacturing Alan Rogan, Metek has grown into a nationwide company with a turnover of £11m.
The firm focuses on light steel frame construction, design, manufacturing and site installation, and takes immense pride in being at the forefront of innovation in this field.
Metek demonstrates exactly what it means to embed BIM at the core of a business; the judges lauded its ‘business as usual’ approach to the technology.
The firm’s 5D model is fundamental to its operations and offers complete coverage through design, procurement, manufacture and erection.
“Metek’s work is exemplary, particularly around design for manufacture, procurement and erection, and shows a mature ‘business as usual’ approach to BIM”
It employs a structured modelling process that invites close dialogue with the client. Every single component is modelled without exception, and in the past 12 months the firm has introduced a series of automated rules to ensure consistent, verified standards.
Metek also employs a quality checksheet for use on site that shows what must be done for the project to proceed, driven by the BIM model. This drew praise for its clarity and for the firm’s refusal to compromise on its approach.
In 2015, Metek worked towards reducing its lead-in times to 12 weeks. One of its stand-out projects was South Nottingham Academy, where unusual circumstances called for a lead-in time of just six weeks. Despite this exceptional requirement, Metek was able to deliver on schedule.
The scheme marked the company’s first use of pre-cut panels, an approach that was underpinned by the BIM model and improved health and safety by removing the requirement for dusty onsite cutting. As on other projects, simple but effective colour coding was worked into the model so that all components were easily identifiable onsite.
The software also allowed Metek to clearly demonstrate its work to both the client and follow-on trades, highlighting issues around access and scaffolding in the process.
The judges were hugely impressed with how Metek has continued to move forward and push boundaries, praising the firm as “a great example of owning the technology and not relying on others”.
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