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Managing risk and creating opportunities

As construction and development projects become increasingly complex, the effective management of risk and opportunity through planning, design, procurement and construction is crucial. Through building information modelling we can work together more effectively helping to get things done right first time.

The greater accuracy that can be brought to the entire construction process, the better chance there is of projects being delivered on time and budget. Using building information modelling (BIM), it is possible to develop optimum design solutions to meet client specifications, source and deliver the required materials on a just-in-time basis and keep costs and timelines on track with 24/7 real-time visibility of progress.

We can demonstrate how proposed designs will look and function with a 3D model, which is linked to the construction programme and cost information. As the model responds to design changes in real time, we can manage schedules and budgets more effectively throughout the build, providing clients with highly accurate cost reporting at every stage.

This helps inspire confidence, while creating the environment to realise additional benefits that may not have been foreseen or thought possible at the outset.

Optimising design

BIM brings product designs to life in a way that enables clients to best visualise how finished solutions will work and deliver the greatest benefit to customers. Using modelling software we can experience designs in a much more realistic way, with feedback incorporated at the earliest possible stage. BIM models are now increasingly used for community engagement and in promotional materials too.

We are continually finding new opportunities to improve our modelling capabilities. Using aerial and laser scanning, we can build accurate models of entire sites. We have created visualisations that communicate a project’s greater context, from topography and surrounding infrastructure to access points.

At our commercial office development, 66 Queen Square in Bristol, for example, we were able to demonstrate how the proposed design would integrate spatially and visually with the surrounding Grade II listed Georgian buildings helping with planning consents. As part of this project we’ve refurbished one of the listed buildings. The model, developed using Autodesk Revit and Navisworks Manage, included every rafter, joist and strengthening beam, all of which were colour coded depending on their condition and restoration requirements.

3D models provide the best opportunity to determine potential flaws, identify clashes and ensure that when built the product is right first time. This avoids much more costly and time consuming changes when the project is complete, while also optimising maintenance solutions.

Efficient construction

3D models linked to the construction programme assist us in developing responsive, considered schedules that put us in the best position to deliver projects on time. Gantt charts and other traditional tools are valuable for understanding what needs to be completed, but visualisations that include temporary works, plant and equipment can help us to better structure work packages, manage logistics and set up plant. The model can immediately respond to changes to the design or schedule, with any subsequent impact on the sequencing or phasing clearly identified.

Laser scanning can be used to capture how construction is progressing, while identifying any variations. At the Limmo Peninsula Crossrail site, our piling and foundations business, Cementation Skanska, created an as-built model of the diaphragm wall shaft using laser scanning. This was integrated with the design model and used to make comparisons at various depths to ensure that tolerances had been met.

Managing people and resources

We are consistently looking for innovative solutions to improve productivity. For our roads and highways business, for example, we have developed an application which advises employees of their work package for the day, before they leave home. Given the distance that some people travel in looking after hundreds of miles of major infrastructure, eliminating the need to check in at site offices each day can lead to significant cost and carbon savings.

We are also using BIM for:

  • Documenting sign off sheets and snagging reports on handheld devices. This is sent back to the common data environment where information is held in a central cloud based system.

  • Accurate cost estimating once designs are completed. Our commercial teams can contribute cost data – for materials, installation, running and maintenance costs – as the design is realised. Integrating cost information with the model allows us to provide clients with a project budget that is clearly linked to construction phases and activities.

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