As the BIM Level 2 deadline approaches, these six specialists have all demonstrated excellence in the use of building information modelling.
FK Group BIM Specialists 2016
FK Group used BIM extensively on its work to deliver the new roof on the South Stand of Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium – a complex, twisted design that required the team to create its own adaptive components in Revit.
The use of BIM helped FK save significant time on the programme and reduce wastage. Last year saw the company invest more than £95,000 in training and software, with the firm also creating a steering group to oversee BIM strategy.
Furrer and Frey BIM Specialists 2016
Overhead rail electrification specialist Furrer+Frey developed its own BIM tool, ELFF, in collaboration with other electrification companies, specifically for use in overhead line allocation design.
It rolled the system out on the Great Western Main Line and south Wales electrification projects, with the tool now firmly embedded across the business and with contractors and subcontractors alike. Furrer+Frey claims that one ELFF licence is worth the equivalent of one engineer, saving at least 50 per cent on detailed design time.
Mabey BIM Specialists 2016
Mabey Hire’s BIM component library has allowed it to collaborate with tier one contractors on federated BIM models and larger projects.
The firm has made swift progress in 2015, working more effectively with clients and discussing temporary works at an earlier stage in a project.
It found success at tender with Laing O’Rourke on the new Westgate Shopping Centre in Oxford, integrating an excavation propping scheme into the main contractor’s co-ordinated BIM model.
Metek BIM Specialists 2016
Last year’s winners Metek UK return following the delivery of a BIM-driven light steel frame project for Bowmer and Kirkland at South Nottinghamshire Academy in Radcliffe-on-Trent.
The team used BIM to resolve spatial clashes with hot-rolled steel elements prior to site, with the BIM model automatically generating orders for associated products, which were then delivered just in time and installed by Metek.
Its process is fully Level 2-compliant, with the specialist ready to work at Level 3 when clients require it.
Prater Hendon BIM Specialists 2016
Prater has so far invested £200,000 in training its staff and upgrading computers and software to embrace BIM, and anticipates investing at the same level each year until the transition is compete.
Last year saw Prater’s first implementation of a full BIM design strategy on a project: the £35m redevelopment of the Metropolitan Police Service HQ in Hendon, London.
Working with Mace, the team integrated BIM throughout the process, using it to co-ordinate the build and visualise access and logistics.
SES BIM Specialists 2016
SES (Engineering Services)
SES’s BIM2MOSAIC system automates the material take-off, material costing, labour costing and material ordering process using its 3D model.
By working closely with the supply chain, this has enabled SES to create a true digital manufacturing functionality from BIM, with a reduction of 8,000 worker-hours per year at its PRISM factory, equating to savings of £150,000.
The use of BIM has therefore allowed SES to streamline its offering, delivering better value, more quickly, for clients.