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Construction News Awards finalists: BIM Initiative of the Year

BIM Initiative of the Year finalists are all innovating and driving the industry forward through the use of building information modelling.

Bam Construct UK – BIM for FM

BIM for FM pushes the use of BIM beyond design and construction to the operational phase of a building’s lifecycle.

Bam has developed a process for operations data to be transferred into the BIM model, while allowing it to be accessed and updated during the operations stage.

The major focus in 2013 was in applying lean principles to every aspect of the company’s operations – £1.8m in total was invested in developing BIM capabilities, with BIM for FM to be increasingly used on future projects.

The B1M – The B1M

BIM has a number of advocates which has led to numerous events, initiatives and working groups – but The B1M (BIM 1 million) wanted to reach further and take BIM to the masses through the use of video.

The service launched in December 2012 and already has 500 members, 3,000 social media followers and 10 hours of BIM video content.

It is used internationally and, in January 2014, it launched a new UK university initiative and international hard-copy news publication.

Costain – London Bridge Station Redevelopment BIM Implementation

One of Network Rail’s largest single projects, the team at London bridge includes 200 designers from a range of disciplines.

A BIM execution plan was created over eight months, with a station model created for each of the project’s five phases.

These are updated at least weekly and made available to all project participants, with weekly design reviews held that have resolved more than 2,000 clashes prior to construction and saved £2.8m in stage one alone.

The project acted as a foundation for Costain’s wider BIM deployment, used to successfully deliver contracts across the UK in other sectors.

David Miller Architects – BIM-Centric Enterprise Model

The BIM-Centric Enterprise Model is a company-wide blueprint for integrating an asset’s lifecycle through BIM.

This has increased collaboration with clients and allowed David Miller Architects to offer new services which add value and reduce risk, creating a sustainable future for the company and the wider industry.

Using the model, DMA has seen a year-on-year increase in turnover of 24 per cent and has taken on higher-value, more complex projects.

Mace – Gutenborg

Mace’s ALi 360 initiative is a comprehensive BIM-based model, launched in 2013, that uses digital tools to drive collaboration and optimise whole-lifecycle performance.

It is being implemented on projects across the UK and internationally, with the $2bn Gutenborg project in Russia a prime example.

This project to create 15,600 apartments is using the ALi 360 team to create a standardised approach, enabling buildings to be made from a kit of parts and reducing the programme by a year.

Pinnacle Consulting Engineers – Tesco Sheringham

A new Tesco store in the picturesque Norfolk town of Sheringham presented an ideal opportunity to use BIM to take an innovative approach to construction.

The design, based on a beach hut, featured a complex roof design different from other stores. BIM technology gave the client a better understanding of the building’s complexities and a greater vision of what it would look like.

3D terrain mapping led to fewer vehicle movements and relocation of materials to other sites, which resulted in cost reductions.

Skanska UK – 66 Queen Square

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

The blend of old and new allowed the team to showcase how BIM can manage risk and complexity at ‘zero cost’.

The team focused on behavioural change – for example, £5 charity fines were levied on those who referred to 2D drawings during design review meetings.

BIM data was shared throughout the supply chain from day one, resulting in all parties working on a single collaborative model.

UK BIM Task Group – Development of a whole-sector approach to Level 2 BIM delivery

The UK BIM Task Group’s four-year programme to deliver Level 2 BIM to UK construction continued apace in 2013.

The organisation has brought together organisations from across the built environment, including SMEs, major infrastructure providers, contractors, designers, manufacturers and even schools, to work towards reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from construction.

The team gave more than 50 presentations in 2013 and has created successful working groups and support processes to help the transition.

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