50 ways to improve BIM: Clarkson Alliance blogs project findings ahead of April 2016

50 ways to improve BIM: Clarkson Alliance blogs project findings ahead of April 2016

The “lessons learned” from a BIM demonstration project are to be serialised in a weekly blog by Clarkson Alliance, the project delivery company that acted as BIM information manager on the Meadow Road housing project. The firm will publish 50 insights in a twice-weekly update on its website on Tuesdays and Thursdays leading up to April’s mandate start date, and will also publish a full free report to disseminate its findings before the mandate deadline. Clarkson Alliance secured a grant from Innovate UK towards a research project to study how the client, construction teams and consultants at the 12-unit housing scheme on Meadow Road, Worthing, adapted to the implementation of BIM. The client on the £1.4m project, featured as a case study on BIM+ and chosen to be representative of the industry’s mainstream workload, was housing association Worthing Homes, while the contractor was PMC Construction. The project used Clearbox BIM, a software platform originally developed in-house by contractor Kier, to federate the models and create a Common Data Environment. Clarkson Alliance managing director Graham Clarkson told BIM+ that the firm wanted to research the changes in dynamics and behaviours across the supply chain that would be necessary to leverage BIM’s advantages on a typical project. “We were testing everything in a live environment, where the reality can be far short of the ‘BIM wash’,” he summarised. One of the findings, he said, was that the proposition of using BIM is initially resisted, because team members react to it as something they must do in addition to workloads, rather than viewing it as an alternative methodology that will save time...
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...
Interim report for BIM housing research project

Interim report for BIM housing research project

An interim report by our partners, Worthing Homes highlights the findings to date of our BIM research project funded by Innovate UK (formerly the Technology Strategy Board.)  The research project focuses on using BIM on a small project with a £1.5million housing scheme in Worthing being the subject.   The research looks at how BIM affects the dynamics and human behaviours on a project. The project looks at some of the main lessons learned to date through using BIM. View the report: BIM interim report – Meadow Road March...
The realities of using BIM

The realities of using BIM

Clarkson Alliance (as lead partner), Kier Clearbox (as software partner) and Worthing Homes (as host project partner) are currently undertaking a Technology Strategy Board co-funded research project “to establish the changes in dynamics and behaviours across the construction supply chain to unlock new, more efficient and collaborative ways of working with Building Information Modelling (BIM)”. This is the second in our series of updates about the project. Transitioning into a Level 2 BIM environment In our last post we reported that our Meadow Road sheltered housing project had moved away from the usual single stage design and build tender to a two stage tender process. The first stage tender has now concluded, a contractor has been appointed and a full design team assembled. The team are now in the process of developing a BIM Execution Plan. Once this is complete the project will move online and into, Clearbox’s BIMXtra Level 2 BIM environment. BIMXtra is a central ‘middleware’ platform that will allow the project team to use a range of authoring tools – Autodesk Revit, Microsoft Excel, etc – to import data into, and export data from, a single, federated BIM model. With freely available software the BIM model can also be viewed by the wider project team, facilitating engagement across the entire supply chain. Worthing Homes will therefore be able to view the BIM model as the design develops, as will all of the main contractor’s sub-contractors and suppliers. It is important to recognise however that there is still a need for drawings in traditional 2D format and for the relevant standards and procedures to be incorporated into the...
How BIM Will Change Processes and Behaviours in Reality: A Research Project

How BIM Will Change Processes and Behaviours in Reality: A Research Project

Clarkson Alliance (as lead partner), Kier (as software partner) and Worthing Homes (as host project partner) are currently undertaking a Technology Strategy Board funded research project “to establish the changes in dynamics and behaviours across the construction supply chain to unlock new, more efficient and collaborative ways of working with Building Information Modelling (BIM)”. The core objective of the project is to understand the changes in process and behaviours needed to work in a Level 2 BIM environment i.e. where a range of authoring tools – Autodesk Revit, Microsoft Excel, etc – are being used by the project team to import data to, and export data from, a single, federated BIM model held on a central ‘middleware’ platform, in this case Kier’s BimXtra software. The Technology Strategy Board first awarded us the grant in October last year and it was only confirmed last month, once a suitable host project had been found. The project has been provided by Worthing Homes and is a Sheltered Housing scheme called the Meadow Road project. Since then work has quickly progressed, the initial focus being on compiling a BIM Protocol based on the CIC template and a set of Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR) based on the requirements of PAS 1192-2:2013. A significant early change in the usual dynamics and behaviours has been a move away from a single stage design and build tender to a two stage tender. In a design and build contract clients often seek to transfer the design risk to the winning bidder, however with powerful visualisation and clash detection tools such as Autodesk Navisworks design issues can be quickly...