Winner: NG Bailey
In a competitive field of finalists, NG Bailey led the way in most areas considered by the judges.
BIM uptake may be gathering some momentum across the industry, but this is a company that has made it ubiquitous internally as well as driving uptake externally.
The judges were wowed by a company that clearly has BIM in its DNA, while cross-examining NG Bailey on its bold statement that it doesn’t just pay lip service to BIM, but lives and breathes it from the top down and bottom up.
For an industry movement that’s intended to drive savings, BIM statistical evidence can be hard to find. Nonetheless, NG Bailey outlined how it is benefiting from internal savings of 15 per cent on design fees, with staff actually designing directly into models.
Aside from these savings, the contractor is an active participant in the groups setting the standards for BIM, including the CIBSE BIM Steering Group and the BSI Committee B/555 for the development of UK BIM Standards.
“True leaders in a competitive field, here is a company that can clearly demonstrate not only a first-class track record in the digital environment, but an altruistic and unselfish initiative with BIMHawk”
But the company’s commitment to adoption runs far deeper. In collaboration with CIBSE it has developed and launched a new open-access BIM product: BIMHawk.
NG Bailey led the development of this free online toolkit for developing, managing and integrating CIBSE product data templates with BIM Authoring Software, the BuildingSmart Data Dictionary, Uniclass2015 and IfcEntity Classification.
An outward-facing BIM strategy sees NG Bailey work with clients such as Kier, Bam and Arup as their BIM advisers. The judges said the business has the courage of its convictions to challenge and educate its clients to save them money.
This sees NG Bailey help them interrogate their briefs at the outset, make recommendations on how they could be improved, and set the right EIR brief and BIM objectives.
The judges noted that while BIMHawk will inevitably benefit the contractor’s business and make it more competitive, it also places NG Bailey at the forefront of the M&E sector.
A stand-out scheme demonstrated the strides the firm has made in implementing BIM.
The Soapworks project at Salford Quays, being delivered for the Home Office and Ministry of Justice, has been recognised by the MoJ as an exemplar BIM project and will set a benchmark for the client’s other developments. NG Bailey contested the initial brief and EIR and helped the client save £60,000 on its initial specification.
Moreover, the judging panel was impressed by the scale of NG Bailey’s BIM ambition on all of its projects – an ambition that is implemented without extra cost to the client.
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, Asta 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. Asta Powerproject BIM can combine with Elecosoft’s costing tool, Bidcon, to deliver a full 5D BIM solution to drive greater collaboration and efficiency benefits.
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