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...
Working with and embarking on BIM – A Sussex BIM Hub event

Working with and embarking on BIM – A Sussex BIM Hub event

Clarkson Alliance and Worthing Homes share Lessons Learned from BIM on a housing project Graham Clarkson of Clarkson Alliance will be presenting the findings of our Building Information Modelling (BIM) research project – Meadow Road at an event for Sussex BIM Hub on Wednesday 16th September, alongside our clients, Worthing Homes. Gaining an insight into how others use BIM can be challenging. Other organisations will naturally share their BIM accomplishments but will be less forthcoming about overcoming issues. BIM creates the opportunity to work more collaboratively with project teams and to utilise new technologies often culminating in the creation of a 3D digital model of a building which can be used for design, build and operation. By learning from others, your own implementation of BIM can be improved and common pitfalls can be avoided. As early adopters of BIM, Clarkson Alliance was awarded a grant from Innovate UK to research the changes in dynamics and behaviours of using BIM on a project. As BIM Information Managers on the £1.4m East Sussex project, we share our first-hand experience of how BIM has been used on a live project. We discuss topics such as why it’s better to design in BIM from the start, challenges we have faced and why it is important to understand what data the model needs to produce. This event covers the breadth of our lessons learnt to date on the project, which has also been selected by Constructing Excellence as an Innovation in Practice project. The event will be held at ZSTa Architects 3 Dorset Place, Brighton BN2 1ST from 5pm – 7pm. To register, please...
New website launch

New website launch

We are very excited to announce the launch of our new website which has been several months in the making. The new site represents the core spirit and values of the team at Clarkson Alliance and provides a window into the dedication and passion for customer service which are the threads that run through our project delivery business. Our goal was to create an accurate, real-time depiction of the company that is not only easy to use and informative but also inviting and engaging.   New Services Whilst we continue to deliver certainty to construction projects through project management our new website also reflects the following standalone services: cost management BIM information management and also energy savings strategies for leisure centres through our sister company Leisure Energy   Case studies You will notice that we have refreshed our branding and we are showcasing many of the exceptional projects that the team has delivered over the years, highlighting the true talent that we have in the team which is what brings your projects to life.   Content from Clarkson Alliance Projects A range of projects from Clarkson Alliance Resources We will be building on the substantial knowledge base of our team in our resources section on topics such as change management, collaborative working and risk leadership.   Media Centre Keep up to date with the latest company news in our Media Centre such as the recent awards received for our Black Cultural Archives heritage project. Behind this new shop window, nothing has changed in terms of our continuing commitment to project outcome, risk mitigation and the high standards of professional...
Modus asks “Does flexible working help or hinder productivity?”

Modus asks “Does flexible working help or hinder productivity?”

Flexible working is a long debated issue and in the UK we are not totally at ease with the concept. Recent figures from the Office of National Statistics show that 87% of the UK workforce is still mainly office-based compared to the US. For our business we see flexibility as critical to attracting the talent and skill set required to deliver our particular area of expertise. Our Managing Director Graham Clarkson was recently quoted in Modus magazine  outlining the reasons why we operate a flexible model. As an SME the business has been built on this foundation and we believe the positives far outweigh any perceived issues, although the critical element to making this work is trust. Many employers are sceptical when it comes to adjusted timetables or working from home arrangements as they believe employees are easily distracted and produce a lower output. On the contrary, we find that our employees often voluntarily work beyond contracted hours thanks to a passion for what they do and a deeply entrenched company value of outstanding customer service and collaborative working. For all of our employees, the flexibility we offer allows them to maintain a healthy work / life balance and as such they are motivated to produce a higher output and fully unlock their potential. As Graham mentions in the article, staff are accountable for what they deliver and we have cloud-based systems that track and monitor project profitability, so any underperformance is picked up before it becomes an issue. Employees do come into the office as required and a strong team dynamic prevails. We are constantly sharing our experiences...
Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Black Cultural Archives recognised as overall winner of New London Awards 2015

Today there’s been an excited buzz in the office after one of our high profile projects – the Black Cultural Archives won its category and overall winner at the New London Awards 2015 (NLA). The awards are part of a programme of events organised by New London Architecture to celebrate, recognise and reward the best in architecture, planning and development in London. Needless to say we were thrilled to hear the project won its category “award for conservation and retrofit” and then elated to hear it was presented as the overall winner across all the categories. This is a fitting and richly deserved tribute to the work that the entire team at Black Cultural Archives and all the stakeholders put in to deliver a truly remarkable project. This accomplishment is even more exceptional given the extremely competitive field of other high calibre entries. The project itself was a grade II listed building in Brixton which was transformed in a £6.5m development to create a brand new heritage centre, the first national black heritage centre. Since completion, almost a year to the day, it has been highly acclaimed for uniting the community and providing a platform for the history and story of people of African and Caribbean descent in UK society. We were extremely proud of the teamwork and collaboration which was achieved during this project, we had a complex brief to amalgamate a collection of over 1000 precious artefacts that were spread out in various locations and bring everything under one roof. Significantly the project received Heritage Lottery funding and we worked hard with the team to qualify at...
Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

Oxford Brookes MSc Field Trip: BIM and the Rose Hill Community Centre

The March 2015 Intensive Study Week for students on the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment for Oxford Brookes and the MSc Construction Project Management brought together full-time and open-learning students together on campus to attend lectures, seminars and workshops and to share experiences.During the week, the students went on a field trip to the site where the new Rose Hill Community Centre is being built. The visit was organised in collaboration with Beard Construction (main contractors) and the Clarkson Alliance (project managers). Thanks to Po Yung (Clarkson Alliance) for the photos Content from Rose Hill Community Centre Site visit   So, what’s so special about the project? Quite a lot: Community Referendum There was already an existing community centre in Rose Hill, but it was shabby and in need of refurbishment, so, Oxford City Council decided to hold a community referendum to allow the residents of Rose Hill to decide the future of their centre – refurbish or replace? A multi-lingual poster campaign and survey followed, along with visits (for residents) to other community centres and open days where residents could meet the project team and discuss plans. The final vote took place during a community fun day where the result was also announced: build a new community centre. Read the rest of this blog post on the Oxford Brookes Not Just Hard Hats...