This year’s award is hotly contested by firms who have found innovative ways to work on top of tunnels, integrated separate technologies and restored historic buildings.
Specialists Awards 2018 Digital Elecosoft
Elecosoft – Powerproject BIM
Elecosoft has managed to integrate its project management software Asta Powerproject with BIM, linking objects in its 3D model to the tasks in the plan. The result has been implementation of both BIM and 3D models into the construction phase of live projects. Incoporating 3D content in its project planning software aims to boost communication between companies and their clients.
The company took a further step towards integrated technologies by incorporating its estimating software Bidcon into Asta Powerproject BIM, enabling the system to provide cost estimation as well.
Hill Construction in collaboration with Topcon – Anstey Hall Barns
Hill Construction found a way to marry the old with the new in the restoration of eight 18th century barns and the construction of four new-builds in the village of Trumpington, Cambridgeshire.
The Grade II-listed barns feature original red and gault brickwork and wooden beams from the Saxon times, which required a delicate approach to ensure their transformation into luxury homes preserved their unique identity. Hill brought in Topcon due its technologies in such as the Falcon 8 unmanned aerial system, the DS robotic total station to survey the site, and the GLS laser scanner to capture 3D point cloud data.
Specialists Awards 2018 Digital M J Rooney Construction
M J Rooney Construction – Virtual Basements
M J Rooney has developed an integrated service called Virtual Basements, which has grouped together all of its existing technology solutions. It integrates innovations such as 4D modelling, virtual reality training and mobile apps, tailored for the company’s work.
The integrated approach has led to a reduction in building costs, faster route through party walls and a clean safety record, the company says. Its approach aims to ensure the relationship between clients, designers, suppliers and workers produces streamlined and safe construction programmes.
Specialists Awards 2018 Digital Mabey
Mabey – BIM and Digital Engineering
Mabey embarked on a digital transformation drive across the company, culminating in the development of a digital engineering team and the successful procuring of multiple contracts that require digital expertise.
Thanks to these efforts, the bridging and construction services firm was able to start working to Bam Nuttall’s BIM execution plan for a temporary facade restraint system in Glasgow at an early stage. Following this success, the use of Revit and VR throughout the design process is now an established approach on all its large projects.
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Specialists Awards 2018 Digital Metek
Metek – The Pavilions, London
Metek has delivered several digitally led light steel frame (LSF) projects over the past 12 months, with the 351 Caledonian Road development being particularly noteworthy. The 156-home development is adjacent to railway lines leading into Euston and King’s Cross stations, and sits only 12 m above the HS1 rail line tunnel.
The company rehearses complicated elements and sequences of its projects in a virtual model in order to minimise risk, which also greatly improves the co-ordination of site logistics.
Oakwood Engineering Solutions – Celtic Manor, Wales ICC
Oakwood Engineering Solutions got involved in the Wales International Conference Centre as part of a contract tender with Sisk. The company integrated the project’s BIM models, its own 3D models and the programme data to create a detailed 4D model, enabling it to show that the proposed scheme could be delivered on time.
After Sisk was awarded the contract, the firm developed the 4D model at each RIBA stage to inform all stakeholders of the construction methodology. The 4D model has been subsequently used for health and safety, optimising the programme and improving supply chain knowledge.
Specialists Awards 2018 Digital Willmott Dixon Interiors
Willmott Dixon Interiors – 39 Victoria Street
39 Victoria Street is a category B fit-out of an existing category A building over 11 floors. Delivering the project to BIM Level 2 within a 12-week design and procurement programme was challenging, given the work was being carried out in an existing building that had never been digitally modelled.
Willmott Dixon Interiors took the lead on the BIM implementation due to a lack of experience in what was required among its customer base and certain supply chain members. The company went to great lengths to demystify the technology while ensuring successful delivery.