The judges have been absolutely bowled over by the progress and evolution of BIM entries in recent years and 2016’s shortlist marked another step-change in excellence and delivery.
For its communication, its pragmatism and its inspirational leadership, Interserve proved to be the worthy winner in what was an extraordinary field of finalists.
As the first UK contractor to be Level 2-certified by BRE, Interserve has shown itself to be at the vanguard of building information modelling.
Last year, the firm set a goal that all project teams would have access to the resources and training to be Level 2-compliant by the end of 2015.
The resulting implementation has reduced onsite programmes by 25 per cent, onsite waste by 90 per cent, and removed as many as 11,000 working-at-height worker-hours from individual projects.
Interserve aims to have BIM available to its operatives at the point of need, with the creation of ‘BIM stations’ where an enabled laptop can be plugged into any site cabin TV screen.
Even more impressive is that the company has made this progress on what might appear at first to be relatively modest investment, quashing the myth that BIM has to be expensive. As the judges observed: “Interserve has proven that the technology can be utilised without major overhaul through a pragmatic, innovative approach.”
Looking to its supply chain, Interserve has focused on improving procurement, clearly identifying and realising the benefits of getting this area right first time.
“Interserve is embracing the challenge of change, while going to great lengths to broaden the industry’s appeal and inspire the next generation”
BIM capability assessments are embedded in its selection of partners, and the company has used the technology in collaboration with the supply chain to avoid duplicating tasks while improving design.
Subcontractors that have a responsibility for design are encouraged to contribute to the model as much as possible, while the judges described Interserve’s eye-catching communication tools aimed at embedding BIM throughout the chain as “outstanding”.
In addition to its external measures, Interserve was commended for its internal policies and strong culture. New starters are inducted into its approach to BIM from the off, and the firm is also using the construction of its own headquarters to push the boundaries of what is achievable with the technology.
But what perhaps impressed the judging panel the most was the contractor’s total commitment to working at Level 2 regardless of client demand. This, the panel said, was a definitive example of the approach and mindset the industry must adopt to take BIM forward.
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