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BIM Excellence: Winner

Winner: Stantec Treatment

Stantec Treatment came top in this tightly contested category, demonstrating a focused approach to BIM that made a positive impact on both its client base and supply chain.

The judges were pleased that the winning submission placed the utmost importance on health and safety, and commended the “practical” attraction of Stantec’s company culture.

The firm’s presentation centred on the idea of BIM enabling greater collaboration across Stantec’s projects.

By bringing BIM into the collaborative process, Stantec has worked to create a “digital legacy”. As of 2018, BIM is fully embedded within Stantec’s project delivery process, with more than 100 projects making use of the technology and 500 users specially trained.

The company’s success with BIM was highlighted by its work on the Minworth Thermal Hydrolysis Plant as part of a £40m design-and-build contract.

Client Severn Trent Water made a commitment to cut its carbon footprint by 10 per cent during its AMP6 funding cycle. To help it achieve these efficiencies, Stantec used its digital delivery approach to ensure the right decisions were made from concept to commissioning.

With more than 20 supply chain partners operating on the project, collaboration was clearly integral to every stage of Stantec’s planning.

“Stantec Treatment’s tightly focused approach offers a practical attraction; there’s a real impact on health, safety and wellbeing and it clearly emphasises the need to engage with its staff’s opinions”

Judges’ comment

Many of the company’s regular suppliers have been with Stantec for several years but had not been aware of the latest digital techniques being employed.

By engaging with Stantec’s technology, many of its suppliers were able to see how seamlessly it could fit in with their own goals. 

Stantec reported a £5m reduction in costs on the Minworth Thermal Hydrolysis Plant due to digital delivery.

The company also credited BIM with achieving zero delays or disruption claims, and with installation work on the plant being completed in 15 months – compared with the 40 months Stantec believes it would have taken under a conventional approach.

The firm showed that health and safety is a constant top priority: on the Minworth project 50,0000 worker-hours were moved off site and zero lost-time injuries were recorded. Offsite methods removed 70 per cent of equipment from the site, reducing onsite risks.

Stantec Treatment’s passionate use of BIM to improve both its own business and the wider supply chain drew warm praise from the judges, as did its attitude to health and safety and the quality of its output.

The panel was left in no doubt that Stantec is helping move the whole sector forward.

Highly commended: Graham

With little to choose between the two, the judges considered Graham hugely deserving of a highly commended nod in this category.

The clarity of Graham’s presentation provided a clear and impressive picture of what the business does, and how it uses BIM to make significant improvements across its projects. One such scheme was a student accommodation job at the University of Cambridge, on which £50,000 of savings were identified by all stakeholders analysing the BIM model.

Graham’s emphasis on modular construction struck the judges as an example of a polished, innovative firm that is pushing the boundaries of what it can – and should – be doing. The company offered clear evidence of how BIM was benefiting the business, rather than “aspirational” targets that were yet to be hit.


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  • Willmott Dixon Interiors 

CN Awards 2018 sponsors Elecosoft logo

CN Awards 2018 sponsors Elecosoft logo

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.

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