Contractors, architects and consultants have demonstrated excellence in BIM this year, saving money for themselves and their clients.
BDP BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
BDP was the first multi-disciplinary practice to gain the BRE Level 2 certification and entered a three-year global Enterprise Business Agreement with Autodesk to support its BIM journey, the first practice of its type in the UK to do so. It was also part of the team that developed the NBS BIM Toolkit.
The firm’s environmental engineering team developed a three-year plan for BIM excellence, with the vision that MEP engineers, not just technicians, will develop the required skills and tools to use state-of-the-art digital prototyping technology.
Carillion Morgan Sindall BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
Carillion / Morgan Sindall JV
The 20 km-long A1 Leeming to Barton project has realised major benefits from its commitment to the development of BIM, including measurable savings in excess of £3m from the £350m contract.
BIM also enabled the team to optimise the programme and shave four weeks off the contract’s critical path. Through Highways England’s BIM Working Group, the team has also shared documentation with competitors to help shape their own BIM strategies.
GBE BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
GBE Services London
GBE installs mechanical and electrical systems to hundreds of London apartments each year.
With every square foot of space in the capital of high value, creating a more efficient and compact utility cupboard releases more space and value to the developer, as well as to the end user.
GBE used BIM to optimise this, vastly reducing the initial size of a traditionally constructed utility cupboard.
Interserve BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
Interserve was the first UK contractor to be assessed and certified under the BRE’s BIM Level 2 Business Certification Scheme in May 2015.
BIM is a key component of project delivery, with subcontractors encouraged to input and coordinate with the model as far as possible.
On one project, for example, the team was able to identify 550 potential clashes by monitoring M&E issues in BIM, amounting to a cost saving of £165,000 on M&E alone (if only 10 per cent of those clashes made it to site).
Mouchel BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
Mouchel has worked with Kier to develop its BIMXtra software to drive efficiency.
BIMXtra provides a collaborative environment to reduce risk and waste, and provide better outcomes for safety, time and cost.
Project savings include: £8.5m on the M1 J28-35a Smart Motorways scheme with Highways England, the use of BIM shortening the programme by nine weeks; £875,000 on the Chelsea Bridge refurbishment for Network Rail, with the project split in half on a traditional-BIM divide to track savings; and £750,000 on student residences for the University of East Anglia, using 6D BIM.
NBS BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
Last year saw the launch of the NBS BIM Toolkit, a free-to-use tool that facilitates the assembly of a collaborative team.
The tool provides clear guidance on BIM deliverables with more than 400 sets of graphics and 5,700 information templates.
The Toolkit is Level 2-ready and is part of the standards and tools that actually define Level 2. Since its launch in April 2015, more than 4,000 projects have been created using the BIM Toolkit.
SES BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
SES Engineering Services
SES Engineering Services has combined BIM with its existing business information systems to maximise the technology.
This has included its BIM2MOSAIC system, which automates the material take-off, material costing, labour costing, and material order process for building services commodity items using the 3D BIM generated by SES’ team.
The system is used in SES’ offsite manufacturing system PRISM, and has directly led to a reduction of 8,000 worker-hours per year at the factory, representing overhead savings of £150,000.
Skanska BIM Excellence CN Awards 2016
In 2015, Skanska achieved a Level 2 BIM-verified position via the BSI and continues to integrate the technology across its business.
One of its flagship projects, the Monument Building, has seen it use 4D technology to link the BIM model to the programme and create a simulation that is shared with subcontractors in progress meetings.
Skanska says it has gone as far as 6D, to trial a solution where the client’s FM team can digitally link the BIM models with the operations and maintenance manuals – with barcodes incorporated into assets that direct users to the corresponding manual instantly.
Elecosoft says it is delighted to be sponsoring this Construction News Award for BIM Excellence.
As a provider of digital construction solutions, Elecosoft is well aware of the increasing importance of BIM and the real benefits for those who embrace it.
Its core application, Asta Powerproject, is available with an additional BIM module which aims to make 4D planning affordable by combining 3D planning and scheduling in one application.
It can also combine with Elecosoft’s costing tool, Bidcon, to deliver a full 5D BIM solution to drive greater collaboration and efficiency benefits.
Find out more about our BIM solutions at www.astapowerproject.com