Largest ever BIM project to date begins on site…
As befits any market-leading company, here at Airedale we continue to push ourselves to become an even better service provider for our many clients. One of the key ways we are showcasing this commitment is within Building Information Modelling (BIM), manifesting itself most recently in our work on the vast Manchester Engineering Campus Development (MECD.) This project, with an overall value in excess of £245m is both one of the largest single site public sector live projects in this country, which accordingly means it is also one of the largest ever projects to have been delivered within BIM given the Government’s 2016 Mandate.
What makes BIM so unique and refreshing is that all parties are helping each other learn more and implement these changes: we have been able to suggest and implement our own ideas to the main contractor, share knowledge with other sub-contractors and learn from both ourselves. This is particularly beneficial given that ultimately these projects are being funded in part by each any every one of us who pays taxes into the UK Treasury: BIM can and is already proving to be able to deliver fiscal savings across the whole life cycle of these projects, which means they are more likely to be delivered within budget and on time.
We are keen to implement these changes to our many private sector clients as well, including a roll-out of an exciting new wave of care homes, all of whose commercial catering facilities have been designed in Revit®. This remains the leading design software, fast becoming a by-word for BIM in much the same way Hoover is for a Vacuum Cleaner and Rationals are for Combination Ovens.
The wider industry is also benefiting from the Catering Equipment Suppliers Asssociation (CESA) BIM Library in partnership with an innovative company called Specifi.
Challenges however remain. The “Level 2” BIM Maturity remains open to mis-interpretation and mis-use. Secondly, the amount of time it takes to build the libraries, integrate the data using COBie is exceptional though on this front, we are again making great strides, which will be reported on in a future Blog.
If you are an architect, main contractor or work within the private sector and wish to learn more about our own BIM implementation and how this could benefit your own projects, please email us or complete our quick contact form.