The breadth of sectors and specialisms represented among these finalists proves the huge potential and application of building information modelling.
CN Awards 2018 BIM Graham
Graham Construction has made a concerted effort throughout 2017 to improve the use of BIM and other digital construction tools across the business. Its BIM Academy trained 470 members of staff, as well as 210 supply chain partners and more than 100 clients.
Graham’s BIM Labs initiative was at the forefront of a knowledge transfer programme with Queen’s University Belfast. As a result of the partnership, the company is now using VR, AR and laser scanning on its sites. The company also secured R&D funding to continue exploring other uses for technology within the industry.
CN Awards 2018 BIM High Speed 2
HS2 has been implementing its BIM strategy to deliver its ‘virtual railway’ modelling vision, as part of its efforts to lead the way among public sector BIM Level 2 projects.
The client has developed what it calls a benefits register: a set of performance indicators built in collaboration with the supply chain, which is used to support contractors in reporting and adjusting their practices to meet HS2’s BIM objectives. The client also developed a common data environment to improve BIM use across its supply chain during the progress of phase one’s hybrid bill, subsequently improving on this for phase two.
CN Awards 2018 BIM Kier
During 2017 Kier embarked on a business-wide initiative to embed digital behaviours into all of its processes, with the goal of transforming the company and inspiring new ways of working.
To raise Level 2 competence across the company, 1,200 members of staff were enrolled into BIM e-learning courses. Kier also launched a digital construction apprenticeship scheme that runs for two to three years in a bid to attract fresh talent into the industry, as well as a new method of creating IFC models from data via an Excel interface – removing the need for CAD tools.
CN Awards 2018 BIM Majenta Solutions
Majenta worked with more than 50 companies throughout 2017, finding ways to help them achieve their BIM objectives through training, project support, and consulting on the best way to achieve company-wide BIM adoption.
The company’s exclusive partnership with BIMObject sees the firm deliver its web services in the UK. Majenta has also been awarded AEC accreditation by Dassault Systèmes to deliver construction collaboration platforms, and has received BSI Associate Consultancy Partner status that allows it to support supply chain companies with their verification and kitemark accreditations.
CN Awards 2018 BIM NG Bailey
NG Bailey’s BIM strategy has been led from the top, with the company’s group operating executive making the technology a core business strategy. The company designs, manufactures and installs M&E services, using BIM to seek out competitive advantages.
An important part of NG Bailey’s approach has been bringing its internal teams together to develop detailed construction models. The approach has helped to give its staff a degree of ownership, fostering a collaborative and engineered solution. The company was able to deploy its BIM expertise on a project for the University of Lancashire and the regeneration of the old ITV Granada Studios, working with Bam and Lendlease.
CN Awards 2018 BIM Stantec Treatment
Stantec Treatment is a design-and-build contractor that delivers capital delivery a wide range of water and wastewater frameworks. The company uses BIM for planning and production control with the aim of creating as collaborative an environment as possible.
Stantec says this has helped to create value, encourage continuous improvement, and build strategic relationships within its internal teams. The way the company delivers projects has also been enhanced by greater integration of BIM, with a reduction in rework by an average of 80 per cent across all sites, as well as improved project quality and workforce confidence.
CN Awards 2018 BIM voestalpine Metsec
Voestalpine Metsec has created a full suite of products for Autodesk Revit, with more than 13,000 individual products available to users for their planning and BIM designs. As a result, Revit users can access product information, technical specifications and commercial information.
The software also allows users to create 3D models of projects when planning, designing, constructing and managing buildings and infrastructure. Multiple stakeholders are able to collaborate using a central shared model, which removes the risk of data translation errors and makes the design process more predictable, the company reports.
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With 75 projects at BIM Level 2 either complete, on site or at the preconstruction stage, Willmott Dixon has taken significant strides towards its goal of using digital construction on all its construction and fit-out projects.
By 2020, the company wants 95 per cent of all projects delivered through Scape Group’s National Construction Framework to be BIM Level 2, as well as 55 per cent of all other projects. By the end of 2017, these figures stood at 43 per cent and 17 per cent respectively. More than 1,300 staff completed an e-learning BIM awareness programme on the company’s Mi Learning platform.
CN Awards 2018 BIM Willmott Dixon Interiors
Willmott Dixon Interiors
Its work on the Department of Health’s Victoria Street site saw Willmott Dixon Interiors create a BIM model for an existing building. The key challenge on the project was completing the necessary modelling within a 12-week design and procurement contract.
The firm used Point Cloud technology to survey the site and accessible services to provide the correct base-build design information, thereby informing the design and improving co-ordination. Lack of experience in the requirements of BIM by the client and certain supply chain companies posed a further obstacle. Willmott Dixon delivered BIM workshops to both its own employees and supply chain partners to upskill all stakeholders.
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Sponsored by Elecosoft
Elecosoft provides a range of software solutions focusing for the construction industry that help users with challenges ranging from interiors visualisation and stair engineering to project and site management and cost estimation.
The firm’s core application, Powerproject, is the preferred software of construction professionals globally, as it combines easy-to-use drag-and-drop functionality with powerful, feature-rich capability. It is available with an integrated BIM module, which brings 4D planning within affordable reach by combining 3D planning and scheduling in one application.
Powerproject BIM can combine with Elecosoft’s costing tool, Bidcon, to deliver a full 5D BIM solution to drive greater collaboration and efficiency benefits.