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BIM Initiative of the Year

These entries form the vanguard of construction technology, taking in university labs, virtual hospitals and motorway improvements.

Aggregate Industries UK – M1 junction 33 Highways

Aggregate Industries collaborated closely with Costain and Mouchel on the M1 junction 33 project, offering an alternative perspective on the level of surfacing data that could be stored within the BIM model.

It used its Bar-Tec Quality Paver Data Management System to collate bespoke data from its surfacing operation, then submitted a briefing paper with Costain and Mouchel to the Highways Agency on the benefits that additional surfacing information could have on improving pavement asset management.

The Bar-Tec system generates and captures critical data from a series of sensors on the paver, recording all quality aspects in real time and producing precise and traceable data.

This resulted in the first highways BIM model to contain surfacing data.

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services – National Graphene Institute

Balfour Beatty Engineering Services completed the £14.5m M&E services contract for the 7,825 sq m National Graphene Institute at the University of Manchester in 2014.

BBES used digital design to help simplify complexity, highlight individual supply chain packages, provide direct links to offsite manufacturing and reduce onsite clashes to zero, while delivering construction correctly first time.

The team produced separate diagrams for all services that were reviewed fortnightly and shared with the customer.

The use of BIM saved around 15 per cent on construction costs compared with traditional M&E installation.

Bam Ferrovial Kier joint venture – Crossrail C435 Farringdon main station works

BFK, a joint venture between Bam, Ferrovial and Kier, was among the first contractors on the Crossrail project to adopt BIM.

Investing significant time and effort, the team has developed and rolled out the Clearbox BIMXtra system across the project.

This system has improved model detail, simplified its use and spread a right-first-time culture throughout the team.

A new BIM culture has been instilled thanks to regular ‘BIMductions’, with software tailored to the project’s needs and training of subcontractors in BIM culture.

Bond Bryan Architects – Bradford College and Beyond: openBIM R&D

Bond Bryan Architects believes the future of BIM will require the use of open standards such as industry foundation classes, so has focused on producing consistently high-quality models and data for use by others.

Its work at Bradford College is a case in point.

Working with Bam, the team immediately identified a number of issues with model exchange, so undertook research to understand and resolve the issues.

The R&D programme created extensive test files to both replicate project issues and investigate potential problems, allowing BBA to develop significant expertise in the field of openBIM data exchange.

Costain – The M1 J33 pinch point scheme

The M1 J33 pinch point scheme was delivered by Costain for the Highways Agency in early 2014.

The scheme was the first major highway scheme to be BIM Level 2-compliant in the UK, improving road safety and reducing congestion in the Sheffield and Rotherham regions.

The BIM model was used not only for design, but also to bring efficiencies into construction and most importantly as an asset management tool for the future.

This model is now being used as an asset maintenance tool – a first for the Highways Agency – and is an early indicator of what BIM Level 2 could mean for the roads sector.

Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council - West Midlands Virtual Hospital

West Midlands Virtual Hospital acts as a 3D ‘walkthrough’ procurement directory for Sandwell MBC.

Users navigate through the virtual building and click on any aspect of it, including rooms, components or pieces of clinical technology, to bring up intelligent structured data from a local business capable of manufacturing or supplying it.

Registered suppliers upload their parametric objects and share designs in the model, helping these local West Midlands firms grow and generate new business.

Skanska UK – 66 Queen Square

66 Queen Square is part new-build, part listed building refurbishment project, set in a conservation area of Bristol.

Skanska used BIM to manage risk and opportunity in this blending of new and old, achieving positive behavioural change and high levels of subcontractor engagement.

3D design meetings allowed the team to explore the project in real time and detect clashes, while suppliers were coached to use BIM to drive efficiencies within their own organisations.

The team also included a BIM information station on site to provide access to the data for all, including Skanska, the client, subcontractors and visitors.

Viewpoint –  4BIM

4BIM is a solution dedicated to promoting effective collaboration in construction.

The team has improved the 3D side of the software, with faster load times, more accurate rendering and improved control inputs thanks to Microsoft Xbox controller compatibility.

But recognising that BIM is more than 3D modelling, 4Projects (with US parent company Viewpoint Construction Software) has improved its design responsibility matrix – a great support to customers, who previously had to complete DRMs manually via a spreadsheet.

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