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BIM Initiative of the Year

Winner: David Miller Architects – BIM-Centric Enterprise Model

This relatively small practice has adopted building information modelling not only as a technological solution to project delivery, but has formed its whole business approach around it.

This has seen it structure its office environment around a customised BIM workflow, creating a collaborative and interactive ‘mission room’ office environment, as well as virtually within the systems and processes that have been put in place to run the practice.

“It was driven by a commercial imperative to develop a viable business model for the practice to achieve its future growth aspirations,” says director and principal architect David Miller.

It was also due to the need to achieve compliance with the government’s 2016 mandate and maintain a competitive edge, in addition to seizing the opportunity that the climate of change presented to establish a new way of working.

DMA’s office is 30 m long and the environment is based around a 30 m-long desk adopted for functional as well as symbolic reasons, representing the idea that the team is working together.

“A powerful demonstration of what can be achieved by an SME through the alignment of BIM tools and a streamlined business process. This has led to both repeat work and client staff satisfaction”

Judges’ comment

On the wall is a 30 m-long whiteboard with three interactive projector screens that allow staff to view projects while also working on them on their own screens.

The idea is to get the information within the IT system into an environment where everyone can see what’s going on.

“New employees go through a BIM boot camp before getting involved in any live projects to prevent them from getting ‘distracted’,” Mr Miller says.

The approach is having a positive effect on clients, as the practice boasted 88.5 per cent repeat business last year.

The business also reported a 24 per cent increase in profitable turnover in 2013, which it says is largely down to the BIM processes it has adopted.

It has demonstrated with metrics that the government’s targets for 2016 are achievable and make economic sense in this practice, which is now Level 2 ready.

Highly Commended: UK BIM Task Group – Development of a Whole-Sector Approach to Level 2 BIM Delivery

The UK BIM Task group has been a critical partner in propelling the public sector’s capability in BIM implementation, with the aim that all central government departments will be adopting, as a minimum, collaborative Level 2 BIM by 2016.

“The UK BIM Task Group is tireless in its drive to create a clear roadmap for BIM adoption by the UK construction industry as a whole, raising the UK’s profile for digital smart practice”

Judges’ comment

The group developed supporting processes such as PAS1192:2, open data definitions such as COBie UK and has helped create – via BIM4 working groups – a capable, informed supply chain.

It has ensured the programme has been communicated through its website, newsletters, social media and more than 50 keynote presentations in 2013.

Ministry of Justice head of project delivery Terry Stocks says: “The introduction of Level 2 for me has been massively successful. We had great support from the BIM Task Group.”


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