Virtual reality (VR) technologies, such as VR headsets and immersive VR caves, provide visualisations that bring to life how proposed designs will respond to the needs of our clients and end-users.
It’s possible to interact with a virtual version of the completed project, role playing various scenarios to discover how the design needs to evolve to ensure the best possible whole-life solution is delivered.
These immersive models are becoming an integral part of our business. We use models created in Autodesk Revit, Navisworks and 3DS Max at the design phase, providing clients with the best possible information on their project while also helping to ensure that it is delivered on time and budget.
Involving FM at design stage
The quality and range of data available in the model – geometry, spatial relationships and building component quantities and properties are valuable for the entire life of the project, not just during the design and construction phases.
Data created during design and construction is synced with the operations data held in FM IT systems and made accessible through mobility solutions to ensure that personnel are fully equipped with all available information. This enables productive, cost effective maintenance through the building lifecycle. These principles are also being applied to ensure timely, cost efficient maintenance on our highways, street lighting and rail projects.
We engage with our FM and utilities maintenance teams who contribute their expertise during the design phase. In addition to valuable advice regarding the location of maintainable assets, access requirements and health and safety considerations, these personnel also advise on the data that needs to be captured during the construction phase so that all equipment can be easily and correctly maintained. This engagement in the early stages of the project enables informed, cost effective operations in the future.
The right technology at the right time
The data we capture during construction can be integrated with computer added facilities management (CAFM) systems. When digital tag and track technology is deployed at the design phase too, additional information can be provided such as on how components were stored pre-construction, how they were transported to site, installation dates and information on legally required maintenance.
More considered handovers
When provided to the client in user- friendly formats associated with the standard information exchanges, this data enables faster, more efficient asset management throughout the life of the building.
We have adopted the soft landings approach, where the information necessary for commissioning, training and facilities management is delivered to the client gradually at agreed points throughout construction. This gives the teams responsible for facilities management time to become familiar with the systems and components, ensuring peak operational performance from the very first day.