BIM: Choose an appropriate common data environment

BIM: Choose an appropriate common data environment

Today is the first day of our 50 BIM Lessons. On Tuesdays and Thursdays until April we’ll be publishing lessons learned from a £1.4m housing project, Meadow Road, which utilised BIM in a project part funded by Innovate UK. Our first lesson learned focused on choosing an appropriate common data environment for the needs of the project. Catch up with the latest lesson...
50 BIM Lessons

50 BIM Lessons

In the run up to the Government’s mandate that all centrally procured construction projects should utilise Building Information Modelling (BIM) by 4th April 2016, we will be publishing 50 BIM Lessons. Starting Thursday 26th November until mid May we will publish our lessons learned each week from our Meadow Road housing project. Our ongoing aim is to consistently deliver projects on time and budget. In partnership with Clearbox and Worthing Homes we were awarded a grant from Innovate UK to research the changes in dynamics and behaviours of using BIM. We took on the role of BIM Information Manager on a 12-unit housing project in Meadow Road for Worthing Homes. The project is due to complete at the end of 2015. Embarking on Building Information Modelling has been a great journey of discovery for us. As an organisation, Clarkson Alliance strives to deliver projects efficiently and to continually evolve with new technologies and research. Check out our website each week for our lessons learned from the Meadow Road...
Improved accuracy and lower risk BIM cost planning through platform linked to NRM 1&2

Improved accuracy and lower risk BIM cost planning through platform linked to NRM 1&2

Clarkson Alliance has selected Bidcon BIM from Elecosoft UK Limited as its cost management platform for BIM related cost information. The product will help support the development of the company’s new cost consulting services. These form part of the company’s strategic aim to align around Building Information Modelling (BIM) and deliver project management and cost management services that help ease its clients’ own transitions to BIM. Clarkson Alliance selected Bidcon BIM after conducting an extensive analysis of available cost management solutions. The company wanted to be able to use BIM for cost management at any stage of the project lifecycle. Bidcon BIM stood out as having every essential requirement to enable the company to deliver cost management, value management and collaborative BIM project support to its clients, including: Built-in New Rules of Measurement library, enabling NRM1 and NRM2 based outputs Fully integrated Spon’s Price Books database – providing access to the construction industry’s most trusted pricing database from directly within the product Pricing database customisation – enabling the company to augment the pricing database with its bespoke and negotiated prices Easy to integrate with existing spreadsheet-based cost models and templates Cloud-supported via the Elecosoft BIMCloud, enabling consultants to work anywhere David Chapell, Head of Cost Management at Clarkson Alliance, explains: “Our new cost consulting service allows customers to bring project data to us in any form – either traditional or from a BIM model and we can work with them to deliver consistent, reliable cost plans. This is particularly useful to architects and designers who don’t want to be slowed down when they are creating models. Information needs to...
Test your construction knowledge at a pub quiz following Constructing Excellence Oxford’s AGM

Test your construction knowledge at a pub quiz following Constructing Excellence Oxford’s AGM

The Annual General Meeting for the Oxford branch of Constructing Excellence is being combined once again with a pub quiz.  The AGM event will be held at the Cape of Good Hope pub in Oxford on Thursday 26th November. The event, which starts at 6.30 is open to everyone in the industry, not just Constructing Excellence members.  Constructing Excellence is the national organisation charged with driving forward the change agenda in construction and also helping the industry move towards the ambitious targets set out by the Government in the Construction 2050 strategy which includes cheaper, more efficient and consistent project delivery. If you would like to put yourself forward to take part, please email Graham Clarkson, current Chair of Constructing Excellence Oxford, who can put you in touch with a team captain. If you have a team already, please let Graham know along with the number of team members you wish to bring so he can add you to the scoreboard. Constructing Excellence Oxford has allocated a budget behind the bar for some festive refreshments and a cash bar will be available once the limit for this food and drink is reached. Price per ticket is £5 with tickets available shortly via the Constructing Excellence Oxford’s Event page Image: Creative Commons AIGA/NY Pub...