Exploring the future of building information modelling

2019-03-24 | Tech | BIM

Glyn Shawcross, engineering and design director of engineering solutions provider Boulting Ltd explains how future advances in BIM will continue to enhance control for contractors and clients

The Crossrail project, also known as the Elizabeth line of the London Underground, is the largest construction project currently underway in Europe. Building Information Modelling (BIM) is already being used to improve efficiency throughout the project life cycle of the 73-mile railway line, and the value added by BIM will increase as technology advances.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/future-of-bim/54237/


Bentley and Microsoft up the ante on mixed reality

2019-03-06 | Administrator | BIM

Bentley Systems has teamed up with Microsoft to enhance its mixed reality offering for architecture and construction applications. Microsoft announced HoloLens 2, the second iteration of its mixed reality headset, at Mobile World in Barcelona. Alongside this Bentley presented SYNCHRO XR, its app for immersively visualising 4D construction digital twins with the new HoloLens. read full story and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/bentley-and-microsoft-ante-mixed-reality/


Long-awaited International BIM standards published

2019-01-24 | Administrator | BIM

The long-awaited first two parts of a new international BIM standard have been published, providing a framework for managing information through collaborative working using BIM.

They form part of ISO 19650, organization and digitisation of information about buildings and civil engineering works, including building information modelling – Information management using building information modelling.

The move marks the transition from the PAS 1192 series of standards to international standards.

Part 1 deals with concepts and principles, while Part 2 covers the delivery phase of the assets.

Jøns Sjøgren, chair of the ISO technical subcommittee that developed the standards, said they will enable more widespread use of BIM and lead to more efficient building and infrastructure projects.

He said: “ISO 19650 was developed on the basis of the tried-and-tested British standard BS 1192 and publicly available specification PAS 1192-2, which have already been shown to help users save up to 22% in construction costs.

read full story and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/long-awaited-international-bim-standards-published/


Graitec acquires EDM solutions specialist Opentree

2019-01-16 | Administrator | BIM

Graitec, an international BIM, fabrication and design software developer for AEC has announced the acquisition of UK based company Opentree

Opentree provides EDM solutions for the management of the entire document lifecycle of projects, and conforms to BIM standards and BS1192 workflows.

At a time when there is increasing industry complexity especially around BIM projects and delivery, the need to effectively manage internal W.I.P (Work in progress) project documentation from the outset is becoming increasingly important across all AEC sectors.

read more and view source https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/graitec-acquires-opentree/51070/



BAM Farrans JV wins £120m Great Yarmouth bridge

2019-01-11 | Administrator | BIM

Norfolk County Council has awarded the contract for Great Yarmouth’s Third River Crossing to a BAM Farrans joint venture.

BAM Nuttall and Farrans Construction are joining forces to work on the final design and construction of the lifting bridge creating a more direct link between the western and eastern parts of the East Norfolk coastal town.

BAM Farrans has developed a twin leaf bascule bridge design with the counterweights below-deck.  The firms will now work with the project team at the county council to finalise the detailed design and construction requirements for the bridge.

read full story and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2019/01/10/bam-farrans-jv-wins-120m-great-yarmouth-bridge/



jered_threatinBIM adds value to intelligent buildings, says report

2018-12-17 | Administrator | BIM

A new report from Navigant Research examines how building information modelling (BIM) adds value to intelligent buildings

According to a new report from Navigant Research, BIM can help accelerate the transformation of buildings into smart, optimised intelligent buildings, as well as advance the development of smart cities, smart infrastructure, and the Energy Cloud.

Tom Machinchick, principal research analyst with Navigant Research said: “The foundation of intelligent building technologies is data and ultimately better information.

read full story and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-intelligent-buildings/50092/


M&H wins £16m Stonehaven flood defence scheme

2018-12-03 | Tech | Construction

McLaughlin & Harvey has been appointed to deliver a flood protection scheme for Stonehaven in Aberdeenshire.

The two-year project includes major alteration of five bridges along the River Carro.

Selection of the main contractor was delayed by several months after Aberdeen Council received more than 13 initial bids before whittling down to five and then selecting McLaughlin & Harvey

The contract is being run as an NEC option C target cost contract to share the risk.

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/12/03/mh-wins-16m-stonehaven-flood-defenvc-scheme/


£2.5m project to help revolutionise UK construction

2018-11-26 | Administrator | BIM

A new £2.5m project to bring together businesses and researchers to help overhaul construction practices in the UK has been announced at The Bartlett, UCL’s faculty of the built environment. 

The project, called the Transforming Construction Network Plus (N+), is one of the investments within the Transforming Construction Challenge (TCC), a programme supported by the UK government’s Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund.

read full story and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/25m-project-help-revolutionise-uk-construction/


51 Moorgate – BIM smooths the way for City of London refurbishment

2018-11-15 | Matt Samways | BIM

A design team, led by John Robertson Architects, has been appointed to redevelop an existing office building in the City of London, to provide 40,000 sq ft of offices over eight levels and 3,000 sq ft of retail use at ground level.

The team proposed to retain and extend the existing structural frame and upgrade internal and external fabric and services to meet standards set out in the British Council for Offices’ (BCO) Guide to Specification 2014, BREEAM Excellent and WELL building standards.

read more and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/projects/51-moorgate-bim-smooths-way-city-london-refurbishm/


Tianjin Tianhe advances BIM in construction of the largest sea bridge

2018-11-08 | Administrator | BIM

A network of islands in the Yangtze River Delta, south of Shanghai, will be connected by the longest sea bridge network in the world

The four-lane highway begins in Ningbo on the mainland and connects five islands, including Zhoushan, Zhujiajian, and Daishan. This highway will significantly reduce travel time to the islands and connect Daishan to the mainland for the first time.

The total length of the main line of the project is 27.97 kilometres and the length of the sea bridge is 17.36 kilometres. It consists of two tunnels, five interchanges, and three cable-stayed navigable bridges.

read full story and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/tianjin-tianhe-advances-bim-sea-bridge/48684/



Battersea Power Station to build glass elevator inside chimney

2018-10-25 | Administrator | BIM

A glass elevator that will travel 109m to the top of one of Battersea Power Station’s chimneys is to be constructed as part of the £9bn development.

The so-called Chimney Lift, to be built in the north west chimney, will also feature a viewing platform at the top, offering views of the capital’s skyline.

Visitors will travel up the interior of the chimney in the custom-built glass elevator to the 109m-high summit.

read full article and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/battersea-power-station-build-glass-elevator-insid/


ALLPLAN announces new version of BIM software for architects and engineers

2018-10-16 | Administrator | BIM

Allplan has announced the release of its new version of BIM software, Allplan 2019, with numerous new features and optimised BIM workflows

Allplan 2019 contains numerous functions that support the creation of buildings and structures with high geometric complexity. It further simplifies cooperation between planning partners in BIM projects. Additionally, many detail improvements also ensure greater convenience and flexibility in work processes. The newly developed stair module for architects enables the modelling of complex stairs in a time-saving and precise manner.

Richard Brotherton, Managing Director of ALLPLAN said: “BIM is increasingly becoming the standard in the construction industry. Allplan 2019 provides architects and engineers with a BIM tool with which they can work together successfully at any stage of the BIM process.”

read full story and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/allplan-2019-bim-software/47892/


MIT team develops lifecycle analysis software for architects

2018-09-14 | Administrator | BIM

Researchers at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have devised software that allows architects to see how their design choices will affect the building throughout its entire life.

Franz-Josef Ulm, a professor of civil and environmental engineering, said if architects considered the lifecycle impact of particular choices, it was usually at the end of the design process. He said the software was aimed at getting them to use it as a design tool.

read full article and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/mit-team-develops-lifecycle-analysis-software-arch/ 



Danish firm launches ‘Factory-On-The-Fly’ robot system for construction sites

2018-09-07 | Administrator | BIM

Construction sites could soon include mini manufacturing units where robots custom-make building components at the push of a button – at least that’s if Danish tech firm Odico has its way.

The robotics company went public on the Nasdaq First North stock exchange last month, in the process raising £3.6m of investment for its Factory-On-The-Fly concept.

The robotic system, currently a functional prototype, would be shipped to projects inside a standard shipping container then use locally sourced materials to custom-fabricate a range of products, including formwork, insulation, reinforcement or tiles.

Odico claims that automating these tasks on site will not only save on labour costs, it can avoid the delays associated with sourcing and shipping custom-made products from specialists.

read full story and view source : http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/danish-tech-firm-launches-factory-fly-robot-system/


Costain to build pioneering ‘wi-fi road’ in Kent

2018-09-04 | Administrator | BIM

Costain has been awarded a contract to design, install and manage one of the UK’s first smart motorways.

The A2/M2 “connected corridor” in Kent will be fitted with wireless technology that can transmit data between vehicles and the roadside units. Initially, the information gathered will relate to repairs, road conditions, speed limits and traffic lights. 

Once collected, information will be used to develop standards for information exchange between vehicles and their infrastructure.

The contract was awarded by the Highways England agency, and also involves the Department for Transport, Transport for London and Kent council.

read full article and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/costain-build-pioneering-wi-fi-road-kent/


Virgin Hyperloop announces $500m testing centre in Andalucia

2018-08-23 | Tech | BIM

Virgin Hyperloop One has signed an agreement with Spain to build a $500m Advanced Technology Development and Testing Centre in the Andalusia.

The facility, which will be the company’s first in Europe, will be partly financed by $146m in public aid through loans and grants on the grounds that the development will stimulate regional economic growth and job creation.

Rob Lloyd, Virgin Hyperloop’s chief executive, said: “By investing in the development and testing of Virgin Hyperloop One, Spain is extending its long-tradition as an innovative, global transport leader. We are excited to partner with such a forward-thinking country in developing the next generation of transportation.”

The plant will be built in the village of Bobadilla in the province of Malaga, part of a cluster of aerospace cluster in Spain. Virgin Hyperloop estimates that it will hire 200-300 technicians.

The plan is to open the 19,000 sq m in 2020, after which it will work on developing, testing and certifying components and subsystems.

Image: Virgin Hyperloop is part of a global race to bring vacuum maglev technology to market

view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/virgin-hyperloop-announces-500m-testing-centre-and/


BIM and digital transformation: Opening the door to innovation

2018-08-17 | Administrator | BIM

Enterprise Ireland’s John Hunt tells PBC Today that digital transformation is the key to improving productivity and cutting waste in construction – and discusses how BIM technology is opening the door for many SMEs to compete on a larger stage

“Across Europe, the recession had quite an impact on the capacity of the construction sector, so we’ve seen, whether in Germany, France, the UK or Ireland, lots of people leave the industry, not so many people coming into the industry and people retiring,” says John Hunt, Enterprise Ireland’s senior market adviser for the construction sector.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-digital-transformation/44369/


Billion dollar business: Venture capital piles into construction technology

2018-08-13 | Tech | BIM

Venture capitalists invested $1.05bn in global construction technology (ConTech) start-ups in the first half of 2018, 30% higher than last year’s first-half figure and a record high.

The figure is reported in analysis by JLL, which says that ConTech’s “allure” to users and investors alike is outpacing overall tech start-up investment growth in the US.

Part of construction’s appeal is that it is one of the least digitised sectors in the world, with only agriculture and hunting below it, according to a recent McKinsey report.

In addition, says JLL, “It’s no mere accident that this uptick in [construction technology] investing coincides with an industry plagued by cost fluctuations, labor shortage issues and overall lack of productivity improvements – creating what many venture capitalists view as a prime opportunity for disruption”.

read more and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/billion-dollar-business-venture-capital-piles-cons/


Information Security – Keeping your data secure

2018-08-03 | Tech | BIM

A new white paper issued by GroupBC outlines some key issues raised by prospective and existing customers in areas such as confidentiality, data protection (including GDPR) and intellectual property, and hosting service provision and summarises the provisions they’ve taken to address them whether you are working to BIM Level 2 or not

In recent years there have been numerous well-publicised security lapses, hacking and ransomware attacks and virus outbreaks – sometimes causing severe reputational and economic damage, as well as jeopardising the safety and security of individuals, organisations and their assets

In response to this and the explosion of data available across the built environment generated from Building information modelling (BIM), geographical information systems (GIS), drones, augmented and virtual reality, artificial intelligence, machine learning and the internet of things, the AEC sector is embarking on a digital transformation of its processes and projects.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/information-security/44094/


Digital Framework Task Group confirmed for infrastructure data

2018-07-30 | Administrator | BIM

The government has confirmed that the Centre for Digital Built Britain will form a Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) to coordinate the adoption of a digital framework for infrastructure data

In a speech at the University of Cambridge, the exchequer secretary to the Treasury, Robert Jenrick, announced the launch of the Digital Framework Task Group (DFTG) and confirmed that Mark Enzer, CTO for Mott MacDonald would chair the group.

The Centre for Digital Built Britain (CDBB) has initiated the task group to guide the successful development and adoption of a digital framework for infrastructure data, and to work with the Alan Turing Institute on a series of digital twin pilots.

read full article and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/digital-framework-task-group-confirmed/43764/


AI technology could help protect water supplies

2018-07-26 | Tech | BIM

Progress on new artificial intelligence (AI) technology could make monitoring at water treatment plants cheaper and easier and help safeguard public health, according to researchers in Canada.

Researchers at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, have developed AI software that can identify and quantify different kinds of cyanobacteria, or blue-green algae, which can shut down water systems if it suddenly proliferates.

“We need to protect our water supplies,” said Monica Emelko, a professor of civil and environmental engineering and member of the Water Institute at Waterloo. “This tool will arm us with a sentinel system, a more rapid indication when they are threatened.

“The exciting piece is that we’ve shown utilising AI can be done quickly and well. Now it’s time to work through all the possible scenarios and optimise the technology.”

The operational AI system uses software in combination with a microscope to inexpensively and automatically analyse water samples for algae cells in about one to two hours, including confirmation of results by a human analyst.

Current testing methods, which typically involve sending samples to labs for manual analysis by technicians, take one to two days. Some automated systems already exist as well, but they require expensive equipment and supplies.

read full article and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/ai-technology-could-help-protect-water-supplies/


£12.5m up for grabs for innovative projects

2018-07-19 | Administrator | BIM

UK construction firms will be able to bid for a share of a £12.5m government fund to boost productivity, performance and quality as of next week.

Innovate UK has pledged to invest up to £12.5m in innovative projects to transform the UK construction.

The competition opens on 23 July and closes on 19 September.

The competition is looking to invest in projects to improve three core stages of the construction lifecycle:

Innovate UK is looking for results that lead to a streamlined process that saves costs, reduces delays and improves collaborations, productivity and outputs.

Proposals must be led by a UK-based, for-profit business and must start by December 2018 and end by December 2020.

Click here for more details.

view source : http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/125m-grabs-innovative-projects/


Prater’s BIM service is a winner at Wimbledon

2018-07-10 | Tech | BIM

Envelope contractor Prater, a keen BIM advocate, has seen its investment in the technology pay off with high-profile contract awards such as Wimbledon’s No 1 Court. CM finds out about the firm’s digital strategy.

For the past few years, Prater has made BIM investment a key strategic priority, becoming the first building envelope specialist to achieve Level 2 accreditation in 2016.

The company’s expertise has helped it win bigger and higher-profile contracts, and was central to its approach on the second phase of Wimbledon’s No 1 Court, completed in time for the 2018 Championships this month. BIM was a critical part of the project.

Appointed by main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, Prater’s scope of works includes fitting a BEMO standing seam metal roofing system, a waterproof hot melt package, and cladding to the outer wall facade with Bailey soffits installed to both the inner and outer bowl.

“BIM has been crucial for this project primarily because of the complex geometry of the roofing system,” says Adam Fisher, senior designer at Prater. “The inner bowl soffits also incorporate a number of penetrations for lights and ventilation, so it was key to run clash detection to reduce interface risks with M&E.

read full article and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/projects/praters-bim-service-winner-wimbledon/


Construction gets £420m technology boost

2018-07-09 | Tech | BIM

A £420m joint investment from the sector and the government in new technology and techniques is at the heart of plans to improve productivity in the UK construction industry.

The so-called Sector Deal announced at the end of last week – six months later than originally planned – will build on existing initiatives such as the Centre for Digital Built Britain to boost digital technologies and offsite manufacture to speed up housebuilding and infrastructure.

It is also advocating a standard approach to how built assets are procured, based on whole-life asset value and digital designs, with benchmarks that will allow performance to be measured clearly; and a new, fairer approach to contract and payment practices to ensure SMEs are not unfairly disadvantaged, reducing risk to SMEs and supporting collaborative supply chains.

The government will give £170m to the project as part of the Industrial Strategy Challenge Fund, with £250m coming from companies in the construction industry.

Greg Clark (pictured), business and energy secretary, said: “Major infrastructure projects like Hight Speed Rail 2 and the commitment to deliver 1.5 million homes by 2022 mean that we need a construction sector that can drive innovation, delivering homes and infrastructure quicker.

“As buildings account for around 30% of total emissions, we also want to ensure that we are at the global forefront in designing and building smart, energy efficient and affordable homes and buildings through the Clean Growth Grand Challenge, saving families money on their bills.”

The Construction Sector Deal sets out an ambitious partnership between the industry and the government that aims to transform the sector’s productivity through innovative technologies and a more highly skilled workforce.

read more and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/construction-gets-420m-technology-boost/


Object recognition takes drone capabilities to new heights

2018-07-03 | Tech | BIM

Australia-based tech start-up Sitesee uses 3D reality capture and automated object recognition to remotely monitor the condition of infrastructure. CEO and co-founder Lucio Piccoli tells Stephen Cousins about the benefits and challenges.

What service does Sitesee offer?

We send up drones to capture a 3D reality model of large infrastructure assets, which owner/operator clients use to perform condition assessments remotely via a browser on their desktop.

The software offers features you would expect from many 3D viewers: access control, on-the-fly measurements, and an array of visualisation tools etc.

read full article and view source: www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/object-recognition-takes-drone-capabilities-new-he/


BIM there, done that? – BIM and FM

2018-06-27 | Administrator | BIM

Simon Lewis and Vicky McCombe from law firm Womble Bond Dickinson look at the Asset Information Model (AIM) that was introduced into the second edition of the CIC BIM protocol and the implications of using the protocol for the Facilities Management (FM) phase of a project

In our recent review of the second edition of the CIC BIM protocol (Second Helpings) we noted references to an Asset Information Model (AIM) which had been introduced into the second edition and suggested that the implications of using the protocol for the Facilities Management (FM) phase of a project needed to be worked through.  In this article, we consider how BIM will operate during the FM phase and the practical issues that this raises.  Given that the application of BIM to existing assets is bound to be more extensive and consequently involves greater resources than the application of BIM to new build alone, it is important to understand the structure of the underlying PAS 1192-3 and the practical issues that arise.

PAS 1192-3 is concerned with the availability, integrity and transfer of data and information during the operational phase of an asset’s life.  It introduces the Asset Information Model which is, as the CIC protocol points out, a maintained Information Model which is intended to govern the use, maintenance and operation of the asset.  The obvious difference between the AIM and the Information Model which operates in the new build phase (which used to be referred to as the Project Information Model (PIM)) is that the AIM will have to cater for a more flexible sequence of activities through the asset lifecycle, dealing with a mixture of planned and unplanned events that could happen in any order between the points of asset handover and asset disposal.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-there-done-that/42812/


BIM software used to construct 2018 World Cup stadiums

2018-06-17 | Tech | BIM

Eight of the twelve stadiums that will host the 2018 World Cup in Russia have been constructed using Trimble’s Tekla Structures BIM software

Tekla Structures is an advanced Building Information Modelling (BIM) tool, which allows the designers, contractors, and construction organisations behind the stadiums to complete high-quality work. Each stadium constructed for the 2018 World Cup has its own unique, spectacular structural details.

Moscow’s Spartak Stadium will seat up to 45,000 spectators during the 2018 World Cup. Thick-walled pipes were used in the construction, which made it possible to reduce metal consumption – as a result, the roof weighs a relatively lightweight 8,500 tons. With Tekla’s 3D model files working together with automated production, the project flowed effortlessly from the drawing phase to the manufacturing phase.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-software-used-to-construct-2018-world-cup-stadiums/42234/



Are You Ready for BIM Level 2 Certification?

2018-06-12 | Administrator | BIM

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, has already made a huge impact in the way we build. Not only does it ensure a better building quality, efficiency and sustainability, but the adoption of BIM brings firms additional benefits such as lower costs, better resource management and delivering projects on time. Couple your commitment to adopt this methodology with the attainment of company or personal BIM Level 2 Certification and you’ll gain recognition for meeting the highest UK construction standards

It is not a surprise then that the UK government mandates for all centrally procured public projects to be BIM Level 2 compliant and include all digital documentation and asset information. The NBS National BIM Report 2017, shows that 62% of the Construction Industry is already leveraging BIM workflows, but there is also a large percentage that have yet to adopt or are unsure how.

Does this mean that all SMEs and private projects do not need to implement BIM? Not at all, though not mandated in the private sector, the benefits of adopting BIM outweigh the costs and can give your firm a competitive edge over other suppliers and be the difference between winning a bid or not.

read full story and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/are-you-ready-for-bim-level-2-certification/39471/


Progressive and phased Digital Transformation

2018-06-05 | Administrator | BIM

In its latest webinar, GroupBC delves into the need for digital transformation to be a progressive and phased approach to developing the capability and capacity needed to achieve sustained success

Organisations can no longer ignore the impact BIM is having on our industry – but with 84% of companies failing to achieve real business benefits from their digital transformation programmes (Forbes, 2017), transforming the way you do business is clearly not an easy task.

During this webinarPaul Shillcock, Principal Advisor at Operam, discusses the development and implementation of business processes that enable organisations and teams to adopt a collaborative approach to the use, exchange and production of digital information, and how to establish a repeatable and unified approach, which provides organisations with a progressive and phased approach to build upon and achieve sustained success.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/progressive-and-phased-digital-transformation/41996/


Researcher uses AI to help tackle buildings’ energy performance gap

2018-05-28 | Administrator | BIM

A researcher at the University of Huddersfield is using artificial intelligence to better predict building energy usage. 

Rima Alaaeddine, a PhD researcher within the University’s School of Art Design and Architecture,  aims to combat and minimise the “energy performance gap” and could benefit the building sector at a time when there is increasing pressure on industries around the world to conserve their energy consumption. 

This week the government announced it wants to halve the energy consumption of new buildings by 2030 as part of its clean growth grand challenge mission.

Alaaeddine’s research could play an important part in helping the construction industry meet these energy efficiency targets. With the energy consumption of buildings accounting for 30% of global energy use, improving the energy efficiency of buildings is a key strategic objective. 

More accurate energy predications can facilitate building energy optimisation and guide decisions regarding a building’s energy performance. 

“My research will employ a branch of artificial intelligence (AI) entitled machine learning,” said Alaaeddine.   

She explains that machine learning techniques are capable of handling complex and non-linear problems and can offer more accurate predictions on occupants’ behaviour

read full story and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/researcher-uses-ai-help-tackle-buildings-energy-pe/


Dandara plans 340-flat Bristol build to rent project

2018-05-23 | Administrator | BIM

Designed by Manchester architectural practice Hodder + Partners, the proposed scheme includes a combination of one and two-bed flats for rent – including an affordable housing provision – within a podium and tower.

A new street will be introduced through the site making a pedestrianised connection between St. Catherine’s Place with St. John’s to the east.

Stephen Hodder, chairman of Hodder + Partners, said the scheme formed an important part of the wider masterplan for Bedminster.

“It will also act as a catalyst to the regeneration of Bedminster’s main shopping street, East Street, and how East Street connects via a regenerated Bedminster Green to the train station which is just one stop from Bristol Temple Meads.”

A spokesperson for Dandara said: “The Bedminster Green regeneration would bring more people into East Street, helping revitalise this important South Bristol retail centre.

“Bedminster is one of Bristol’s most sustainable locations for new homes. It is just one mile from the city centre and Temple Meads station, has its own train station, good existing bus services and the new Metrobus.”

A final planning proposal will be lodged with Bristol City Council shortly.

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/05/22/dandara-plans-340-flat-bristol-build-to-rent-project/


BIM’s role in world first ‘float and submerge’ foundations

2018-05-18 | Tech | BIM

A new video from BAM Nuttall explains how BIM was used in an operation to place five gravity base foundations, designed and built by Royal BAM Group for wind turbines off the coast of Blyth.

A world first, the gravity base foundations were installed towards the end of last year using a new “float and submerge” method.

Built in the Neptune dry dock of the Tyne they were floated into position off the coast of Northumberland before being submerged onto the seabed and further ballasted to provide the support structures that act as the foundations for the turbines.

The pioneering work was a major milestone for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm, which is being delivered by EDF Energy Renewables and is nearing completion.

Installed around 6.5km off the coast of Blyth, the turbines have a total generating capacity of 41.5MW and once operational will produce enough low carbon electricity to power around 34,000 homes. 

The wind farm will be EDF Energy Renewables’ second offshore wind farm construction following the Teesside wind farm off the North East coast at Redcar.

read more and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/video-bim-heralds-world-first-float-and-submerge-f/


Kuwaiti firm plans Birmingham’s tallest office tower

2018-05-16 | user | BIM

Kuwaiti developer Salhia has reawakened plans to build Birmingham’s tallest office tower next to the Bullring shopping centre.


Its three-block plan, which includes a 30-storey tower, forms the long-awaited phase two and three of the Beorma Quarter development, which takes its name from the first settlement of Birmingham during the Anglo-Saxon period.

Phase one was built by BAM Construction at a cost of £18m and included the refurbishment of the listed Cold Store, originally built in 1899.

The newly-announced phases will cost more than £140m and will consist of a mix of offices, residential, retail, restaurants, a hotel plus landscaped piazza.

Construction is expected to start later this year. Salhia is seeking pre-lets of the commercial office space and negotiations are in hand with several interested parties.

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/05/15/kuwaiti-firm-plans-birminghams-tallest-office-tower/


Why technology is the key to inspiring the industry’s next generation

2018-05-10 | Tech | BIM

More than anything else, we have come to associate the younger generations with technology – be it smartphones, social media or video games. When we look ahead to the next generation of construction industry leaders, we therefore need more than anything to capitalise on young people’s interest in tech, says Nick Conway of ITC Concepts

This year, we’ve heard many organisations voice their concerns about the skills shortage in the construction industry and an ageing workforce within the sector. The need to attract fresh talent to the industry is evident. It’s therefore time we used one of the industry’s fastest-growing resources to appeal to a generation of tech natives.

I believe that technology will be essential in changing the perception of the construction industry among young people; both for the process of reaching a younger audience and in helping make the sector more appealing and accessible to them.

Tech has quickly become a part of everyday life for most, if not all, people working in construction. At ITC, for example, we use a specially developed app for snagging, have integrated video technology into our collaborative working programs and are committed users of project management software. Technology has become an integral part of problem-solving across the industry, both on-site and in design-led work and office-based roles.

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Why BIM is here to stay

2018-05-07 | Tech | BIM

April marked the two-year anniversary of BIM Level 2 mandate, yet industry reports suggest that the adoption of BIM remains slow. However, Lucy Abbott, BIM director of Wates Group, believes the benefits of BIM for design teams, clients and end users mean it is here to stay

At Wates, we have seen the demand for BIM Level 2 increase by 40% over this period – a clear indicator that the use of BIM across industry is maturing. However, there is still much to be done before we can consider BIM to be accepted as the industry norm.

Implementing a BIM process is a new concept for most project teams and, inevitably, the people involved will have differing levels of understanding and capability when it comes to delivering BIM on a project. This can be a real challenge, so why do it? Well, if there was no reward, we would likely see the adoption of BIM coming to a grinding halt – the reality is that it isn’t.

Wates is delivering a growing number of projects using BIM and is demonstrating notable benefits, including improvements in building quality, minimising programme overruns and reducing risk. The key to achieving these results is for all parties to commit to delivering BIM properly, using a standardised approach for the production of structured information, clearly defining requirements prior to commencing a project, and agreeing a collective responsibility for all project participants to support the successful delivery of BIM throughout the project lifecycle.

We take a proactive approach to working collaboratively with our customers, providing support in helping to shape their requirements in order that BIM generates real value. Working in partnership with our public sector clients, our objective is to remove the common misconceptions and provide the technical support required to meet our customers’ strategic requirements, while demonstrating how BIM can reduce risk and add value on the projects we deliver.

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BIM and building services: You’re doing it wrong

2018-05-03 | user | BIM

How many buildings are suffering from inefficient performance and unnecessary costs because they rely on design preconceptions rather than actually analysing how key systems and building services work? Carl Collins of CIBSE and MagiCAD’s Rob Harmer examine what’s going wrong

Design preconceptions that are commonly used in place of actually analysing systems properly cause a lot of wasted effort and site reworking, adding cost to projects.

Carl Collins – Digital Engineering Consultant, CIBSE

For as long as I can remember, I have been designing buildings and systems based on the received wisdom of those that came before us. As design time has been eroded away over the years, to keep a cap on costs and keep profitability up, I have had less and less time to really look at what I have been designing and the basic concepts and assumptions upon which those designs hang.

But what if our predecessors were wrong? What if the assumptions I have always taken as read were, in fact, based on an incomplete understanding of how buildings work? The physics of building designs has progressed a long way in the last few decades, have our assumptions caught up? Has the experience of people on-site been fed back to close the assumption loop? Nope.

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The rise of software cities

2018-05-02 | Tech | BIM

The technology we use is changing the way we sculpt our cities. Peter Debney of Oasys considers how software has been used in the planning process of city spaces

Technology is having a huge impact on urban planning, building design and city management from simulation software to geographic information systems and building information modelling.

Efficient crowd movement

Urban planning and other architectural projects commonly use this type of software to help predict the movement of hundreds of thousands of pedestrians in complex building environments. Pedestrian simulation software has advanced dramatically over the past decade, allowing designers to easily simulate thousands of individual personalities within imported 3D models of city spaces. The simulated pedestrians can act intelligently according to set user-defined guidelines. For example, a certain amount could have contactless payment methods or fast-track tickets, allowing them to react with situations differently.

There are many cases where this software can be used. For architects designing a new building or arena that has the potential to host thousands of people, this technology can be used to simulate an evacuation. The crowd can be monitored to see what collisions they come across and how well they can achieve the goal of escaping the building.

From transport stations to shopping centres and hospitals, pedestrian simulation software can help determine design when thinking about potential emergencies. With the rise of terror incidents across Europe, the use of crowd simulation and preparing for unlikely situations is more important than ever.

Why geographic information systems (GIS) are important on all projects

Being able to capture geographical data from a range of sources as a computer system, GIS is the tool that all project planners are looking for. One advantage of GIS is being able to use multilayer mapping. Similar to a density map, this feature allows the user to see a range of measures on one area. For example, potential agricultural land, areas that are prone to flooding and erodible land can all be visible on one map. This allows urban planners to visualise areas that would not be suitable for building on.

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Reinventing the home: Designing the world’s first freeform 3D printed house

2018-04-30 | Administrator | BIM

A project in Tennessee is testing a “revolutionary” design to reinvent the modern home using 3D printing technology

In 2016, a team from US architect WATG Urban won first prize in the Freeform Home Design Challenge, a competition commissioned by Branch Technology, an architectural fabricator specialising in large-scale 3D printing, to create a design for the world’s first freeform 3D printed family home.

Over the past year, WATG’s Chicago office has been developing the design – named Curve Appeal – with Branch Technology and recently announced that it has started the wall section testing, research and development phase of what it called this “revolutionary” project to reinvent the modern home.

Curve Appeal’s design drew inspiration from the Case Study House programme carried out between 1945 and 1996. This initiative, which was sponsored by Arts & Architecture magazine, saw many major architects of the day, including JR Davidson, distinguished architecture professor Pierre Koenig and Charles and Ray Eames, designers of the iconic Eames lounge chair, commissioned to create highly experimental prototype homes to meet the US post-war residential boom.

In total, 36 designs were produced under the programme by architects with reputations for constantly pushing the limits of minimalist materials and striving to create open-plan spaces that focused on enhancing natural light.

WATG saw Curve Appeal as the next evolutionary step and employed many of the same modernist design principles for the project to blur the line between inside and out.

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Hong Kong investor buys stalled £77m Manchester scheme site

2018-04-27 | Tech | BIM

Hong Kong developer Far East Consortium has bought a central Manchester site previously owned by collapsed developer Pinnacle (Anglegate).

The firm bought the Angelgate development site on Dantzic Street at auction for a reported £5.2m and will now draw up its own residential scheme for the central Manchester site. Planning permission is expected to be lodged before the end of the year.

Pinnacle (Angelgate) was a special purpose vehicle for developer Pinnacle, which continues to trade. The previous consented twin tower scheme consisted on 344 flats.

Around 70 investors from South East Asia paid more than £30m up front for flats in the failed scheme, which was the subject of complaints to Greater Manchester Police.

Gavin Taylor, regional general manager of FEC Manchester, said: “Having acquired the Angelgate site at auction, we will prepare new plans for a residential development and hope to submit a revised planning application to Manchester City Council before the end of 2018.”

FEC has several residential developments in the pipeline in the including in London Alpha Square in Canary Wharf, Hornsey Town Hall in Crouch End, the Walkabout building in Shepherds Bush.

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/04/26/hong-kong-investor-buys-stalled-77m-manchester-scheme-site/


SFS ushers in new era of technical training and support for the whole construction supply chain

2018-04-24 | Matt Samways | BIM

Known in the industry for providing excellent technical support for building specification professionals, designers, installers and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), SFS, the market-leading fastening systems manufacturer, continues to enhance its technical support to the industry and provide collaborative support to its partners. David Wigglesworth, MD of SFS UK, explains its strategy

Collaboration is the key

At SFS, we firmly believe that manufacturers should work collaboratively across the whole construction supply chain throughout the lifecycle of a building project. It’s important for us to understand the design intent of a project so that we can advise on the best products to achieve the overall building design and performance required. Even the smallest of components, like the fixings or hinges, can complement or compromise the system chosen, whether the attributes relate to the aesthetics, quality or performance of the design vision.

We also realise that architects and designers can’t know absolutely everything about every component of the build and that’s why we have specification and technical teams to understand the variables of each specific project and work closely with design teams to select the right product for the application at the design stage. Transferring this advice into project documents via the specification is essential to provide a robust design solution that can be tendered accurately and procured in line with the contractor’s programme.

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National Grid set to invite £1bn tunnelling programme bids

2018-04-16 | Administrator | BIM

National Grid is preparing to invite bids in July for a major underground power line tunnelling programme worth nearly £1bn.

Ahead of the invitation to tender, National Grid is calling on all potential supply chain partners to express an interest to participate in a pre-procurement early market engagement process.

This is open to the full potential supply chain including shaft and tunnelling contractors, tunnel boring machine manufacturers, concrete segment manufacturers, mechanical and electrical contractors and tunnel ventilation contractors.

The three major projects include the 33km London Power Tunnels 2 project in South London, in North Wales the 4km long Menai Tunnel and a 3.3km programme of tunnelling in Snowdonia as part of its £500m visual impact provision programme to remove overhead pylons in area of outstanding beauty.

The largest of these is the £750m investment to future proof London’s electricity supplies.

In summer 2019, National Grid plans to begin work on the construction phase of the LPT2 project, building cable tunnels stretching from Wimbledon in south west London to Crayford in south east London. The tunnels, which will be up to 4m in diameter, will largely be buried deep beneath the streets.

They are needed to replace three existing electricity circuits that are coming to the end of their life. The project is expected to take about eight years to complete.

LPT2 follows on from the successful first phase of the London Power Tunnels work that we completed earlier this year.

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Revised plan lodged for Gatwick rail station revamp

2018-04-10 | user | Construction

Network Rail and Gatwick Airport have submitted fresh plans to redevelop the railway station at the airport.

The project has been on the cards for several years with Costain involved in the development phase of the planned £120m expansion project.

Proposals submitted to Crawley Borough Council aim to reduce crowding at the station, improve passenger flow and provide better connections between the railway station, airport terminals and onward travel destinations.

Subject to planning, a final decision on funding the project will be taken in the Autumn with construction planned to start the following year in time for the new station to open in 2022.

This major station upgrade will be delivered alongside a significant increase in capacity on rail services through Gatwick, between Brighton and London, as a result of committed and planned enhancements.

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BIm level 2 uptake still slow, but AR and automation up

2018-04-05 | Administrator | BIM

The annual BIM+ BIM survey, in conjunction with Construction Manager, shows that growth in BIM level 2 uptake has been sluggish, but there is growing enthusiasm for other digital technology such as drones and VR. By Denise Chevin.

New technologies like drones and virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are making their mark across the sector as firms look to increase productivity and margins, according to the BIM+ annual survey in conjunction with Construction Manager.

The survey, now in its third year, also found the uptake of BIM Level 2 in projects showed incremental improvements rather than any great step change, despite being mandated for nearly two years. Demand from clients continued to be patchy – with a worrying decline in demand from the private sector, where it is already very low.

For the first time this year, the survey asked respondents more widely about their use of new technologies and which would most impact performance over the next 10 years.

Though the sector has a reputation for being slow to change, the results point to an industry very much in transition, with high numbers of the 365 respondents routinely using or beginning to use tablets, drones and AR.

The indications bode well for the sector deal for construction with government, which is committing £170m for the industry’s digital transformation with an expected £250m match funding – details are to be published imminently.

For example:

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AutoCAD 2019 offers seven toolsets in one product

2018-04-03 | Administrator | BIM

Autodesk has released a new version of its software which will allow subscribers to gain access to industry-specific features and functionality of seven specialised toolsets with just one product.

The company claims AutoCAD 2019 will allow subscribers to increase efficiency and includes features and libraries for mechanical design, architecture, 3D mapping and more.

There is access to 750,000 intelligent objects, styles, parts, features, and symbols to choose from when drawing, while new web and mobile apps allow subscribers to work from anywhere, at any time.

Autodesk claims the toolsets now included in AutoCAD offer intelligent features that will help users work faster and be more efficient.

For example, by using the architecture toolset to model a design, users can save a significant amount of time incorporating real architectural elements such as doors, walls and windows, instead of starting from lines and circles – creating a wall in AutoCAD requires five steps, whereas the same outcome in the Architecture toolset requires only three.

Toolsets in the new software include:

Architecture: Building design features and 8,000+ intelligent architectural objects and styles speed up architectural drawing and documentation.

Mechanical: Mechanical design features and 700,000+ intelligent manufacturing parts, features, and symbols speed up product design.

Electrical: Electrical design features and 65,000+ intelligent electrical symbols boost productivity for creating, modifying and documenting electrical controls systems.

MEP: Use MEP engineering features and 10,500+ intelligent mechanical, electrical and plumbing objects to draft, design and document building systems.

Plant 3D: Plant design and engineering toolset efficiently produces P&IDs and integrates them into a 3D plant design model.

Map 3D: Use mapping features to incorporate GIS and CAD data to support planning, design, and data management. Access spatial data stored in files, databases, and web services, and aggregate it with your AutoCAD design data.

Raster Design: Use raster to vector tools to help you edit scanned drawings and convert raster images into DWG objects.

Owner of mechanical CAD design and BIM firm, Point to Point CAD Services, Clifton Schnarr, said: “The detail in the AutoCAD web app is just superb. You can see the dimension, the contrast, the colour … just all the depths to be seen on a 2D drawing. The resolution is just excellent.”

The main perk of AutoCAD mobile app is the ability to make edits anywhere and show clients without carting bulky blueprints around. Even without wifi, DWGs can be downloaded locally to a mobile device and modified.

Available across Windows, Android, and iOS devices, AutoCAD mobile app is also optimized for the iPhone X, iPad Pro, and Windows Surface.

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London councils plan to launch modular housing firm

2018-03-28 | Administrator | BIM

A group of London boroughs is planning to set up a not-for-profit company to deliver modular housing as emergency housing for homeless families.

The 16 boroughs that form part of the London Councils Temporary Accommodation Supply Group aim to set up a not-for-profit company that will allow them to procure and own factory-built homes.

The homes will be installed on “meanwhile” sites, which are generally commercial spaces that have been left empty after an occupant has left and another has yet to be found.

The accommodation can be moved elsewhere as and when needed, as a “cheaper and better quality” alternative to B&Bs and other temporary accommodation.

The group of boroughs, chaired by Tower Hamlets, has asked London mayor Sadiq Khan to approve the establishment of the not-for-profit company.

Khan has already agreed in principle to the award of £11m from the GLA Innovation Fund to deliver the modular accommodation.

London Councils, which represents all 32 of London’s borough councils and the City of London, has also put forward £20,000 in seed funding from its Capital Ambition programme.

Tower Hamlets’ cabinet was expected to approve the setting up of the company at a meeting last week.

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BIM pilot project reveals the housebuilding sector could save millions

2018-03-26 | Administrator | BIM

A BIM pilot project headed by Stewart Milne Timber Systems, has shown that technology and collaborative working throughout the housebuilding sector, could save the industry more than £500 million a year

According to a recent survey, the 15-month pilot project looked at the cost and efficiency of savings across the housebuilding sector. The project concentrated on digital designs, construction and sales through Business Information Modelling (BIM).

The study suggested that faster planning consent, savings from processes and reduced marketing costs, could save up to £3000 per household.

Stewart Milne Group has created the UK’s first BIM library. It allows architects and designers to create ‘smart’ digital versions of new homes from a suite of TF offsite product solutions accessed via an online portal.

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Is BIM the solution to construction’s quality issues?

2018-03-22 | Administrator | BIM

David Philp outlines the role digital technologies can have on improving quality in the built environment.

Competitive advantage is increasingly related to maximising customer experience and improved productivity. As such, the quality of our work, particularly in the built environment, extends into a quality customer service provision, which relates very clearly to quality of life, enhancing our communities and stimulating our economy.

Productivity and quality are not mutually exclusive, as Dr Deming (the originator of Total Quality Management) noted: “Improve quality, [and] you automatically improve productivity.”

Tragically, events such as the Grenfell fire, the falling masonry at Oxgangs Primary School in Edinburgh and most recently the Miami bridge collapse have put the lens firmly over construction quality and forced us to have a long hard look in the mirror to reflect on how we are performing. 

Worryingly, according to research by the Chartered Institute of Building (CIOB) more than three-quarters of construction professionals believe the industry’s current management of quality is inadequate. It is essential therefore that as professionals we must all do our utmost to close the gap – but how?

Are applied technologies the redeemer of these issues? If we have learned anything from our BIM journey in the UK then it is evident that there is no silver (technology) bullet.

We discovered quickly that any turning of the improvement dial needs to be holistic and that a convergence of capable people, collaborative processes and then supporting technology tools is crucial.

It also necessitates a wrapper of unifying “purpose” and I cannot stress enough how important that is: having a clear north star is essential to better quality service provision.  

However, BIM, associated technologies, collaborative working processes and more important, accurate structured data, can undoubtedly significantly help the quality agenda.

BIM lets us prototype a built asset in a virtual environment before it hits the site, ensuring that the design is coordinated, interfaces are managed, buildability is tested and, through a soft landings process, maintainability is simulated.

This is only effective, however, if we use BIM and other virtual design and construct (VDC) applications as a means of bringing teams around the project information models to enhance communication, interrogate and refine the solutions. This proposition can be enhanced by the use of increasingly common immersive technologies such as AR/VR.

While still maturing, we can also use rule-based model checking of the designs for compliance, especially from a regulatory perspective. It is likely that regulatory technologies (reg tech) will continue to develop and it is not unreasonable in the near future to see it becoming a mandatory part of our statutory processes.

With current regulations and guidance seen as too complex, confusing and open to misinterpretation, digitisation of this process with better user interface and better decision making would significantly improve the current system.

Parametric BIM objects can also have a role to play when they have been robustly tested and refined. Tacit knowledge can be infused into these objects by creating simple lessons-learned videos by those that have installed or maintained the physical versions of these systems or products. 

Manufacturers can significantly contribute here with high-quality digital product data sheets and installation information such as virtual method statements.


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The Battle of Haringey: What it means for regeneration

2018-03-20 | Administrator | Industry

Haringey’s HDV regeneration plans have been blighted by opposition campaigns and bitter disagreements. CN examines the factors behind the controversy and the consequences for projects across the UK.

It has claimed the scalp of Haringey council leader Claire Kober, sparked a legal fight in the High Court and led to a media frenzy over claims of a “hard-left insurgency” in north London – and all without a wrecking ball in sight.

Haringey Council and Lendlease’s controversial £2bn joint venture, Haringey Development Vehicle (HDV), had aimed to put the borough at the forefront of regeneration in the capital.

Haringey’s plans would see a large number of the council’s assets, including libraries, housing and a civic centre, placed into what many local residents considered a commercial company.

Proposals for phase one of the development are focused on the massive regeneration potential in Wood Green and Tottenham, delivering more than 6,000 homes and a new town centre.

read more and source: https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/projects/the-battle-of-haringey-what-it-means-for-regeneration/10028821.article?blocktitle=Regeneration:-London&contentID=20161


£1.2bn trio of London housing estates rebuilds approved

2018-03-14 | Administrator | BIM

The housing association’s ambitious plans will deliver around 2,800 new homes across three neighbourhoods – Eastfields and Ravensbury in Mitcham and High Path in Wimbledon, along with 9,000 sq m of retail, leisure, office, work and community space.

Over 200 of the new homes are earmarked for existing resident homeowners, in an innovative offer allowing them a new home at no additional cost on a full freehold or leasehold basis.

A further 1,800 homes will be built to rent and buy, boosting the London Borough of Merton’s supply of high-quality new housing.

Bob Beaumont, director of regeneration estimated that the projects could create up to 700 construction jobs a year and would see £30m of community infrastructure payments.

Work on the first new homes on these will start later this year.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/03/12/1-2bn-trio-of-london-housing-estates-rebuilds-approved/


Bluebeam’s parent unveils plan for common data interface

2018-03-06 | Tech | BIM

The parent company of 15 of the biggest brands in the built environment sector is to develop shared technology which will allow easier collaboration for designers and construction firms meeting Level 2 BIM.

Nemetschek, the strategic holding company for digital construction technologies including Bluebeam, Vectorworks, Solibri, Allplan and Graphisoft, has announced that is to develop a common data environment (CDE) which allows all of the data involved in a project and all of the processes, changes and sign-offs to be stored in a single repository.

Sharing information in a CDE is a requirement of achieving Level 2 BIM – but because there is no single open source standard for all types of data, information is often linked to 3D model data and a separate one for documents and processes.

The CDE Nemetschek has announced will be based on Bluebeam’s collaboration technology. Bluebeam Revu, a PDF-based process efficiency tool, fosters collaboration between teams by allowing mark-ups to be shared digitally.

Team members mark-up changes on a PDF which are tracked. The idea will be to extend this facility for storing data and tracking changes right through the whole project process.

“With the businesses we have, Nemetschek’s solutions empower digital workflows across all the phases of the construction project. Instead of our constituent brands independently building something new to meet BIM Level 2, it made more sense to pull together and provide a cohesive solution to the customer,” said Sean Flaherty, chief strategic officer at Nemetschek Group.

Flaherty said that Bluebeam’s collaboration platform had become a de facto standard and addresses many of the document and process challenges that BIM level 2 identifies. It made sense, therefore, for Nemetschek to invest by leveraging Bluebeam’s mature technology rather than creating something entirely new from scratch.

“The Bluebeam Studio collaboration platform is one of the most widely used construction collaboration platforms in the world, processing more than 1.5 million transactions per day,” said Don Jacob, chief technology officer at Bluebeam.

“Leveraging Bluebeam’s technology as the CDE framework for Nemetschek Group solutions is a natural evolution of the collaboration platform, connecting model-authoring eco-systems through open BIM techniques. Our goal in building this CDE is to link systems together building a centralised system for all disciplines, phases and products.”

Jacob further explained that other Nemetschek Group solutions, such as Graphisoft BIMCloud or Allplan BIMPlus, will have links into the Bluebeam environment from their modelling environment, enabling more efficient project management through increased collaboration.

Jacob did not put a timescale on the introduction of the CDE, preferring to describe it as “over the next few years”.

However, in December the first step towards greater collaboration among the Nemetschek firms was announced between ArchiCAD 21 and Bluebeam Revu.

This recent development delivers greater automation between the 2D and 3D model by automatically linking changes made to a 2D PDF in Bluebeam Revu with the 3D model created in ArchiCAD – the Graphisoft 3D design tool, Jacob explained.

This capability enables any mark-up created in Revu to be imported as a native ArchiCAD mark-up entry, automatically appearing in the correct location on the design model without manual intervention. It is said to significantly speed up the processing of changes and interventions between teams.

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Are There any Limitations Present with BIM Augmented Reality?

2018-02-27 | Tech | BIM

What happens if we could reveal him this by boosting his fact by generating real-time online BIM Modeling Services frameworks or situations?

Enhanced truth (AR) is, naturally, in real-time and also dynamically, over laying digital pictures developed by computer systems as well as various other details on genuine setting which the viewer sees. When the viewer has the tendency to relocate the genuine setting, digital info immediately changes inning accordance with his motions, as if online details genuinely exist in the real life. Or merely AR BIM modeling services is the procedure of a customer seeing the real world as well as online info concurrently, where the digital details is superimposed and also lined up with the real world sight.

The opportunities of AR in AEC are unlimited and also the assimilation of AR in BIM could additionally conserve great deals of time. We could also bring whole structures to the suggested website prior to also beginning the documents which is much more reliable compared to a scaled model. The approaches whereby AR is attained are divided right into 2 groups: pen based as well as marker-less systems.

Pen based systems utilize real world icons as a recommendation factor for computer system graphics to be over laid. For e.g.: a 2-d printer pen put before the electronic camera. The computer system will certainly analyze these icons to overlay an on display visuals as if it were straight in addition to the pen in the real world, whereas marker-less system utilizes a mix of a digital gadgets' accelerometer, compass as well as place information to figure out the setting in the real world, which way it is aiming as well as on which axis the gadget is running. This place information could be compared with a data source to establish exactly what the tool is taking a look at, hence enabling the computer system graphics to be presented on the display.

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BRE explores how blockchain technology can benefit the built environment

2018-02-26 | Administrator | BIM

A new report from BRE Trust delves into the opportunities to address challenges in the built environment industry using blockchain technology

Distributed Ledger Technology (DLT) – of which blockchain is one application – is a digital documentation of the economic transactions or changes in the ownership of an asset. The information is shared and continually updated on a network of computers simultaneously, whilst secured through cryptography. This means that while allowing digital information to be distributed, but not copied, a blockchain is both transparent and incorruptible.

The new report, ‘Blockchain – feasibility and opportunity assessment’, draws insights from two workshops run by the BRE Trust in partnership with Constructing Excellence and industry professionals. The issues it covers include:

Dr Shamir Ghumra, Director of the Centre of Sustainable Products said: “This report will help inform the current debate on Distributed Ledgers and Blockchains; there are many opportunities and synergies we can explore with this evolving technology for the betterment of the built environment itself but importantly we should see direct benefit and engagement with all parts of the value chain.”

The report presents how blockchain could be applied to a wide range of built environment sectors. Each potential application comes with questions and implications that warrant further investigation.

For example, in an industry that relies heavily on the regulation, certification and verification of products and services, the risk of human error when creating coding raises the question of whether a private or a public blockchain would be more appropriate. While both act as distributed peer-to-peer networks, private blockchains have organisations or governing bodies retaining control and verifying all users of the system.

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HS2 deals worth £55m will protect water quality

2018-02-07 | Administrator | BIM

A raft of civils contracts worth £55m have been awarded to protect the quality of drinking water from HS2 construction work.

Affinity Water is commissioning the work to ensure supplies are not contaminated by drilling and tunneling work on the high speed route from London to Birmingham and beyond.

Affinity has picked winners for its HS2 Process and Network Modifications Frameworks across the Home Counties.

The Glan Agua Farrans JV (GAFJV) has picked-up two of the lots worth £29m with Barhale understood to have won the remaining £26m lot.

Works will include the design and installation of modifications of up to five treatment sites primarily to deal with the risk of increased levels of chalk turbidity as a result of HS2 construction and on-going maintenance.

One expert said: “Contamination of the water supply due to main HS2 construction simply isn’t an option and these works will ensure that does not happen.”

Other works include the design and installation of modifications to two existing groundwater abstraction sites.

Karl Zimmerer, Glan Agua’s Managing Director, said: “Glan Agua is extremely proud of the award of this contract and it marks a significant step for our growth ambitions for the UK.

“We understand how crucial this project is for Affinity Water and HS2 Ltd and believe that collaboration will be key to achieving the successful delivery of the framework objectives.”

David Parr, Farrans Director, added: “This award builds on Farrans growing reputation in the GB water market, supporting our long-term strategy.

“We are confident our JV offers the right mix of capabilities to deliver such a key framework and we look forward to working closely and collaboratively with Affinity Water and HS2 Ltd to achieve this”.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/02/07/hs2-deals-worth-55m-will-protect-water-quality/


UK BIM Alliance launches Product Data Working Group

2018-02-05 | Administrator | BIM

The UK BIM Alliance has launched a working group to help support construction product data – the group will encourage the industry to come together to meet the challenges of product data use and management

The working group will be led by Su Butcher, social strategist and Alliance Executive Team Member. The announcement comes after Butcher and Alliance Chair Anne Kemp facilitated a meeting of key stakeholders at the IET in London in January.

Speaking after the decision, Kemp said: “This initiative is essential to bring the industry together on this difficult topic. It also demonstrates how the Alliance can provide independent leadership and identify and fill the gaps that are preventing implementation of BIM.”

The working group will be made up of volunteers. Once constituted it aims to spend three months consulting widely and will produce a short report identifying areas where solutions exist, where they need investigating and where further work needs to be done.

Butcher trained as an architect and now works with product manufacturers. “This is a topic very close to my heart, as I see the difficulty both product manufacturers and architects currently have working with data,” she said.

“Many manufacturers are unwilling to invest any more time because they simply don’t feel there is an agreed framework and standards to work to. Many architects don’t feel they can access the right information in the right format, and clients and contractors have issues too. The aim of the Alliance is to move us along the journey to resolve those issues, and bring the whole industry with us.”

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/uk-bim-alliance-launches-product-data-working-group/38284/


ISE2018

2018-01-31 | Matt Samways | Industry

We are proud to be presenting alongside Sound & Vision UK at ISE2018 on behalf of CEDIA in Amsterdam on Wednesday 7th February.  Please come and join us to find out how Smart Technologies will be integrating with digital construction through BIM processes and technology.


https://www.iseurope.org/cedia-education/


Digital transformation: How will your digital life change in 2018?

2018-01-29 | Administrator | BIM

As digital transformation gathers pace all around us, John Eynon of Open Water Consulting argues that it’s time to embrace the advance of technology and think about what it means for our industry

Digital transformation is perhaps a rather esoteric concept. It’s all out there, isn’t it? It’s for other people. It concerns them, their business, but in reality is all this really going to affect me in any way at all?

We are all in heads down mode, trying to make a crust, keep business as usual going, the cogs turning.

Look up

This year, you’re going to need to look up a lot more. Digital transformation? It has already happened in your life. And it will continue to gather pace and momentum this year, affecting more and more of how we live, work, make a living and, in fact, how the whole of society functions.

It’s already here

Consider a few facts.

Just look at how the iPhone, “smartphones” introduced in 2007, have changed our lives, behaviours and habits in the space of 10 years. If you don’t believe me, just look around your workplace, office, on the train, bus or Tube. How many people do you see engaging with technology? We used to just look out the window and chat!

Consider the impact of iTunes, MP3s and the like on the music industry.

Consider the impact of digital on the photography industry.

And so on.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/digital-transformation-will-digital-life-change-2018/37964/


UK firms recognised for BIM advancements in Bentley Systems’ annual Be Inspired Awards

2018-01-23 | Tech | BIM

Projects from London to the Cairngorms National Park were among the UK schemes represented at Bentley Systems’ annual Be Inspired Awards for BIM advancements

Four projects by UK firms were recognised for excellence in BIM advancements – two as winners and two as finalists – in Bentley Systems’ annual Be Inspired Awards programme this year. Ten independent jury panels comprising distinguished industry experts initially selected 51 projects as award finalists from more the than 400 nominations submitted by organisations that use Bentley software.

The finalists were invited to Singapore to present their projects to jurors, attendees and media representatives at Bentley’s The Year in Infrastructure 2017 Conference held in October. The conference culminated in an awards ceremony and gala event where the winners were announced.

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/uk-firms-recognised-for-bim-advancements/37794/


BIM IN 2018: HAVE YOUR SAY

2018-01-16 | Tech | BIM

NBS has launched its eighth annual National BIM Survey and this year is looking to see how far BIM has now become “business as usual” for the design community.

The 2017 report from NBS highlighted an increasing frustration from construction professionals on the lack of clarity and enforcement by the government of its own BIM Level 2 mandate.

With BIM awareness at near universal levels and BIM adoption steadily increasing year on year, the 2018 survey will be a good indicator on whether this perceived lack of support from government will have a direct impact on this steady growth.

NBS chief executive Richard Waterhouse said: “The 2017 BIM report told us that although adopting BIM is not easy, it’s worth doing, and this is the story that we need to continue to tell; how BIM is improving client outcomes, as well as ROI for those in the design and construction sectors.”

As a vital resource for the UK construction industry and policy makers, the 2018 survey will once again be a sort after resource as the industry continues to strive for increased adoption and understanding of BIM and wider digital ways of working.

You can complete this year’s NBS National BIM Survey, open until end of March, by visiting www.thenbs.com/bimsurvey2018

source and read more BIM news: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/bim-2018-have-your-say/


Drones in the construction industry: Ready for take-off

2018-01-14 | Matt Samways | BIM

The growing adoption of BIM and demand for digital data are fuelling the take-up of drones in the construction industry. Ian Tansey of ProDroneWorx discusses this growing technology and its potential to transform the sector

The construction industry is moving towards to a world where digital information is an essential part of conducting business due to the many benefits it brings. Within this industry, its commercial adoption is being accelerated by the shift towards more and more companies using BIM (Building Information Modelling).

Drone technology is one of the tools a company can use to produce digital data, other methods include ground-based scanning. Drone technology can be deployed very quickly, safely and cost-effectively on any job that requires digital information.

Here are some interesting facts about drone technology:

1. Drones are going to be a major disruptor in the construction industry now and in the coming years. Early and effective implementation of the technology will give companies a significant edge in a very competitive market.

2. According to PwC, drone technologies will upend and reshape construction-related business models. Of all industries, construction has the best prospects for leveraging drone technology.

3. Balfour Beatty is also predicting that drones in the construction industry will play a key part in the digital transformation.

These forecasts and adoption of the technology were confirmed in a recent survey by my own company, ProDroneWorx.

A third of the respondents, which included construction firms, surveyors, architects and engineers, were already using drone technology and, of those that did not, almost 70% of them planned to do so in the near future.

Of the third of respondents that were already using drone technology, the majority (60%) had been using it for less than a year. But an important sub-group of this set (11%) had been using the technology for three to five years – making them very early adaptors indeed.

ProDroneWorx believes that drone technology will transform traditional business models and help digitalise the construction industry. Indeed, early adopters are already starting to see a positive impact on their operational processes from the way projects are understood and monitored to the inspection of assets.

Drones in the construction industry have a wide variety of uses, from 3D modelling (point clouds and textured models), topographical surveys and volume measurement to progress monitoring. Indeed, at nearly every stage of the construction process drones can be of huge benefit, from the planning stage to final construction.

Drone technology and BIM

Although drone technology has many applications within the construction industry, currently its primary use is in photography and video, surveying, asset inspection and progress monitoring.

The technology also has many uses within BIM, for example:

read more and view source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/drones-in-the-construction-industry/37673/


£130m M3 dumb-bell junction plan unveiled

2018-01-11 | Administrator | BIM

Highways England has started consultation on plans to rebuild junction 9 on the M3 to create a new dumb-bell design layout.

The radical £130m rebuild is needed to tackle heavy congestion which often causes traffic queues backing up onto the M3 northbound carriageway.

Around 110,000 vehicles use junction 9 every day, a large roundabout across two bridges, which goes above the M3. Congestion is expected to get worse with increased heavy goods vehicle traffic on the A34 and M3 from the proposed development of the Southampton container port.

The new WSP junction design will provide free-flow links between A34 and M3 with the A34 southbound link passing under the M3 with a 100kph design speed.

The A34 Northbound Link has a 120kph design speed. Junction 9 would be rebuilt with a dumb-bell roundabout layout and the whole scheme would require three new bridges.

read full story and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2018/01/10/130m-m3-dumb-bell-junction-plan-unveiled/


RIBA and BIM: How design is fundamental to the process

2018-01-07 | Tech | BIM

Ryan Simmonds, sales director of framing at voestalpine Metsec plc, explains why it’s vital to invest more time in the design stage than at any other point in the process and how working with the right partners early on can change how a project develops

The Royal Institute of British Architects’ (RIBA) plan of work is an accepted industry process outlining the critical stages of a construction project. RIBA revised its plan of work in 2013, noting that the complexities of projects have increased, and the older plan was outdated.

The previous plan of work’s A to L stages began at the preparation stage and failed to consider the strategic definition. The new plan has broadened the process and taken sections such as conceptual design and given it a standalone stage.

What has not altered is the preparation and design stages, which have always been seen as the most crucial stages of a project.

Engagement at design stage

The design and planning stages underpin an entire construction project. If this crucial part of a build is rushed or all relevant parties are not properly consulted, a project will be subject to constant changes as it develops to factor in elements that were not fully considered or understood in the initial stages.

However, main contractors and architects are frequently failing to engage all relevant parties at the planning and design stages, instead choosing to engage them at technical design stage – or even sometimes construction stage. More often than not concepts, methods or materials that can bring value need to be retrospectively worked into the plan, which can cause project delays, redesign work and additional cost.

read full article and source


5 tech trends shaping construction's future

2018-01-07 | Administrator | BIM

CN attended the Singapore conference of industry software provider Bentley to discover what direction technological innovations are heading.

Construction is known for its low productivity and is only now starting to fully embrace the latest technologies.

This is the view of many senior leaders at Bentley, speaking at the software company’s infrastructure conference in Singapore. But things are changing, with the industry increasingly looking to modernise and invest seriously in innovation.

Here, CN sets out the five key trends to emerge from the event that are driving technology in construction.

Data patterns

Detecting patterns in large amounts of data and analytics is one of the biggest trends driving project delivery, according to Bentley design modelling senior vice-president Satanu Das.

Obtaining vast amounts of information from projects, such as what materials were used and the timeline of delivery, can help construction firms understand best practice and what is needed to deliver similar work in future, he says.

However, this approach faces obstacles due to the fact that construction does not create “cookie-cutter type assets”, according to Mr Das. “If you think about building a hospital, no two hospitals are really the same,” he says. “It’s hard to compare one hospital to another.”

read full article and source



Final go-ahead for UK’s second tallest skyscraper in Croydon

2017-11-24 | Administrator | BIM

Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has waved through plans for a 68-storey skyscraper in Croydon town centre that will rank as the country’s second tallest building.

It means work on the ambitious twin-tower project can begin construction in summer 2018.

Developer Guildhouse Rosepride in conjunction with Chinese skyscraper specialist, the China Building Technique Group Company, have been working up the One Lansdowne scheme for several years.

Khan signed off the plans enabling the Section 106 to be signed and the formal Consent to be issued.

The south London council’s planning committee had already unanimously approved the development, which will feature two towers of 68 and 41 storeys, linked by an 11-storey podium structure.

If all goes to plan the Piers Gough of CZGW Architects designed tower will be completed in 2022.

David Hudson, chief executive of Guildhouse UK, said: “Peaking at 288m high, One Lansdowne will be visible from Piccadilly to Brighton, and will be a world-class building which really puts Croydon on the map.”

One Lansdowne will feature 794 residential units, 380,000 sq ft of offices, and shops.

It will also feature  a swimming pool and gym and public viewing gallery offering panoramic views across the capital and Surrey, and the highest bar and restaurant facilities in London.

The skyscraper will be around 12m shorter than the Shard, which still ranks as Britain’s and Europe’s tallest building. It will just edge out 22 Bishopsgate in London’s Square Mile, which is presently under construction and will rise to 278m.

“We are grateful for the trust being placed in us both by the London Borough of Croydon and the Greater London Authority to deliver this scheme,” added Hudson.

“The great challenge for Croydon has always been to change perceptions in its own right and this will help the town to put the town on the map.”

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/11/22/final-go-ahead-for-uks-second-tallest-skyscraper-in-croydon/


Great Portland Estates plans work on £233m trio of schemes

2017-11-17 | Matt Samways | BIM

Great Portland Estates could start main construction work on three sites next year worth £233m in building contracts.

The developer confirmed its plans in a trading update to the city this morning.

The trio of sites are all based around the new Crossrail link which the firm said will give amajor  boost to the London property market.

Great Portland estates said: “We have added to our near-term development pipeline which now comprises three schemes (414,000 sq ft), all with potential project starts over the next nine months.”

The three sites are:

  • Cityside House E1 – Strip out and demolition works have started with plans to upgrade and extend the existing offices alongside new build residential and a hotel
  • Oxford House W1 – Plans for a major new build scheme on the site have been submitted comprising 78,100 sq ft of offices and 38,400 sq ft of retail.
  • Hanover Square W1 – Enabling works are underway for the largest over-station  Crossrail scheme and main works on the New Bond Street building could start in the first half of 2018.

Great Portland Estates moved to quell fears of a slowdown in the London property market.

Chief Executive Toby Courtauld said: “In spite of the macro-economic and political uncertainties, tenant interest remains healthy across our portfolio.

“Moreover, activity and pricing in central London’s commercial property market remains robust for prime assets, offering potential opportunities for us to crystallise further surpluses through sales in the near term.

“Although we can expect some weakness in market rents and secondary yields during this period of uncertainty, demographic growth and the broad spread and depth of the capital’s economic activity will help to cement its position as one of only a handful of truly global cities and Europe’s business capital, generating demand for our brand of well designed, centrally located, high quality space.”

read more and source: www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/11/15/great-portland-estates-plans-work-on-233m-trio-of-schemes/


B&K set for £50m Manchester skyscraper job

2017-11-08 | Administrator | BIM

Student accommodation developer Unite is understood to have lined up private builder Bowmer & Kirkland to build a 573-bedroom scheme in central Manchester.

The 1-5 New Wakefield Street tower block will rise to around 35 storeys and has been designed by Beetham Tower architects SimpsonHaugh & Partners.

Works are due to start on site in early 2018, after Unite received planning this month.

The tower would stand adjacent to another high-rise student accommodation project: the 33-storey Liberty Living building, formerly known as Student Castle.

Unite plans the vast majority of the accommodation to be arranged in clusters of 5-10 bedrooms. There will also be a number of studio flats. Anodised aluminium is proposed as the cladding for the building.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/11/06/bk-set-for-next-manchester-skyscraper/


£345m confirmed for 76 local road projects – full list

2017-10-24 | Administrator | BIM

Transport Secretary Chris Grayling has confirmed the 76 local projects from across the country to receive £244m funding to address pinch points and ease congestion.

He also will release an extra £101m for two new major roads in Middlewich, Cheshire, and Worcester in the Midlands to accelerate house building and boost jobs.

Grayling said: “These schemes will provide much needed upgrades to essential local roads up and down the country, cutting congestion, improving safety and shortening journey times for drivers.

“They will also help boost regional economic growth by unlocking jobs and supporting vital new housing development.”

The funding covers a range of projects, including:


read the full article http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/10/20/345m-confirmed-for-76-local-road-projects-full-list/


The inefficiency traps that are derailing design success

2017-10-19 | Administrator | BIM

Autodesk’s Lynn Allen identifies five areas where the construction industry can improve.

The construction industry is in a state of flux. 54% of the world’s population already live in urban areas today, a figure that is set to increase to 66% by 2050, according to a UN report.

To accommodate our growing population, governments and private project owners are challenging the industry to provide housing, schools and health facilities more efficiently, as well as the essential utilities and transport systems.

Add to this the fact that costs for many of the natural resources used in construction, such as petrol, natural gas and timber, are increasing, and it’s clear to see why demand is growing for more sustainable design materials to be used.

Plus budgets are constrained and project managers are being forced to drive down the cost of building as a result.

At the same time, projects are growing ever more complex, with research showing that 93% of building owners report delays and 85% of projects exceed their agreed budget.

Poor communication is often cited as one of the greatest hurdles to improving productivity, yet the nature of much of today’s design and engineering work requires multidisciplinary teams to work together remotely.

With increasing pressure from these macro-economic factors, as well as industry constraints, project managers are facing growing challenges.

Below are five areas that need to be addressed if productivity and efficiency are to be increased throughout the building industry.

Two-dimensional designs

While 2D CAD tools have their place, a designer can’t fully rely on them for concept design or rapid prototyping, which makes it difficult for them to explore the range of design options available.

Using intelligent 3D modelling enables designers, engineers and other stakeholders to quickly test the viability of different approaches early in the design phase so that errors can be spotted and corrected before they cost them down the line.

Isolated designs

Poorly coordinated drawings waste time and money – the components of a building project only make sense when they come together, so why design them separately?

Collaborating with team members across various disciplines at the earliest phase of the project ensures designs are feasible from the outset, and taking advantage of the cloud provides one central location to work through the design.

Progress and feedback on projects can be shared in real-time with all stakeholders, ensuring that everyone is focused on the right detail.

Designs divorced from reality

Solely designing the building isn’t enough, as the owner will need to see the project in the context of its surroundings. Conventional topographic surveys take time, while inputting this data into design programmes can take even longer.

Using light detection and ranging (LiDAR), “reality computing” enables designers to directly capture spatial information about the physical environment of the project. Through the use of photography, laser scanning, existing geospatial and survey data, designers and engineers can integrate this data into the design model to improve the quality of the project deliverables.

Uninspiring presentations

In a world where 3D gaming and CGI movies are commonplace, 2D drawings can appear lacklustre if presented without environmental data. But detailed 3D renderings create more compelling visualisations of the design, providing an interactive experience to better showcase what the final design will look like.

3D designs can be overlaid on models of existing conditions to create a realistic depiction of what the building will look like in-situ. Taking this one step further, virtual reality technology can be used to walk contractors through the design prior to construction, enabling them to work out the most cost effective and efficient way to approach the build.

Miscommunication with stakeholders

Without close communication between all parties, project managers run the risk of delivering low-quality projects that run over time and budget, which in turn could damage their reputation. By using collaborative tools, designs can be communicated from every angle, enabling stakeholders to solve problems early on in the design-build process.  

Research shows that 81% of US companies consider BIM capabilities when making their selection for project teams and UK government projects must now use BIM Level 2 as part of an initiative to cut capital costs, delivery schedules and carbon usage.

Those firms that transition to more efficient, model-based workflows will be those that are able to respond to the changing market conditions, as well as remain ahead of the competition, win more bids and be more profitable.

Lynne Allen is an Autodesk customer evangelist


We are Hiring!

2017-10-18 | Matt Samways | BIM

We are looking for individuals with a real passion for improving the construction industry through Better Information Management and BIM. If this is you, and you would like to help grow our consultancy business, please get in touch.

read more: https://www.indeedjobs.com/aimis-solutions-company/_hl/en_GB


Grosvenor details £500m London build-to-rent scheme

2017-10-09 | Administrator | BIM

Developer Grosvenor has unveiled it final plans to build 1,500 new rental homes in London’s Bermondsey district ahead of submitting for planning later this month.

Grosvenor said it wants to meet the needs of those locked out of the housing market with up to 1,350 new rental homes on the 12-acre former biscuit factory site.

This would make the scheme one of the capital’s most ambitious build-to-rent developments.

The site plan has been designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates and also includes a new 600-place secondary school at its heart, over 110,000 sq ft of new public spaces and almost 20,000 sq ft of new playspace.

Network Rail is proposing plans at the same time to see 165 underused railway arches on the site that are now in poor physical condition, refurbished and filled with offices, shops, restaurants, leisure and light industrial businesses.

Grosvenor said it wanted to create a place for people of mixed incomes, backgrounds, life stages and jobs and proposes a range of apartment sizes, from studio to three bedroom.

Katherine Rodgers, development director, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland, said: “We have spent four years getting to know Bermondsey, its people and its communities and want to help knit together the best of Bermondsey with an investment and long-term legacy that generates local opportunities and can respond to changing demand.”

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/10/05/grosvenor-details-500m-london-build-to-rent-scheme/


BIM-powered asset management

2017-09-19 | Tech | BIM

BIM provides accurate, timely data and significant opportunities to improve asset management and building operations. Neil Reed, director of BIMcert and a BIM consultant at Stroma Certification, takes a look

It has always been recognised that the biggest benefits from Building Information Modelling (BIM) would be enjoyed by the owners and operators of the assets.

However, much of the action that surrounded the government’s mandate for BIM focused on the capital expenditure (CAPEX) phase in which the assets are created. Most of the media attention and the focus of software vendors has related to design and construction, with architects, engineers and constructors leading the move to digital information.

With the benefit of hindsight, some suggest that this was a mistake and the emphasis should have been with the end users and owners from the beginning.

The reality is that we had to start somewhere, and if efforts had been focused on the management of assets, perhaps there would have been a backlash of complaints that the construction sector was unable to provide the information needed to leverage the true value of information through the asset management process.

read more and go to source: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-powered-asset-management/34921


BIM adoption – is it alive and well or on it’s deathbed?

2017-09-05 | Administrator | BIM

Man and Machine examine the BIM adoption landscape and argue that global standards and skills will be key to greater uptake

The uptake of BIM often sparks some interesting debates. The NBS BIM Report 2017 suggests that 62% of those surveyed are aware of and using BIM. However, the 2017 Construction Manager BIM survey revealed that 49% of clients did not make BIM a requirement on projects.

So, what should we believe?

“Well as a complete BIM solutions provider, we have never been busier”, reports Phil Read, Managing Director of leading BIM specialists Man and Machine.

“Our order book for BIM Manager Training and all things BIM is significant, so much so, that we are planning significant company expansion over the forthcoming months.”

Global shift in thinking

What’s become apparent, is that BIM is not just a UK thing and is being widely discussed and adopted across the globe. The UK certainly gained a lot of momentum from its government mandate to support BIM Level 2. But, it has to be said that places like China, Korea, New Zealand and Australia have taken BIM into their hearts and minds.

To really create a paradigm shift in the building and construction industry on a worldwide basis, however, global standards like openBIM, are almost certainly going to have to gain increasing traction. Several countries, including Denmark, have actually mandated the use of the open, interoperable format IFC, developed by buildingSMART.

Newer developments from buidlingSMART, like the buildingSMART Data Dictionary (bSDD), is also likely to gain more international support, as it seeks to allow industry players from all around the world to share and exchange BIM product data.

What’s become clear though, is that there is still much confusion in the marketplace around BIM and the standards being developed.

Phil Read explained:

“Not only is there lack of clarity, but there is also a significant skills shortage developing, and we have tried to address this by offering a very structured BIM Training Programme, called BIM Ready.

“Our aim is to make sure that different groups are trained to the appropriate level.”

“Your perception of BIM depends on your job role, and it is different for a cost estimator than it is for a client or an architect for example. So, we have tried to segment our programme to appeal to different people (Executives, Project Managers, Product Manufacturers, BIM Coordinators and so on).”

You can find out more information here: http://www.manandmachine.co.uk/training/bim/ 

source and read more: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-adoption-alive-well-deathbed/34669


Plan submitted for £400m Harlow science hub

2017-08-23 | Administrator | BIM

Public Health England has submitted plans to build a a £400m laboratory complex at pharmaceutical giant GSK’s vacant site at Harlow in Essex.

The 1.3m sq ft plan involves refurbishing several current buildings and constructing laboratories and a visitor centre on the Pinnacles Estate site.

If approved, the plan will see PHE co-locate most of its current facilities at Porton in Wiltshire, Colindale in north London and its central London headquarters to a single, state-of-the-art science campus.

Building work is expected to start in 2019 with phased occupation starting in 2021.

Richard Gleave, Deputy Chief Executive, PHE said: “I am delighted that we have now submitted our plans for consideration, following extensive discussions with the local community, relevant authorities and other stakeholders.

“We want to make Harlow our home and we believe the science campus will bring long-term benefits for the area, as well as unique opportunities for public health research on a national and international scale.”

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/08/23/plan-submitted-for-400m-harlow-science-hub/


London garden bridge project officially scrapped

2017-08-16 | Tech | BIM

The charity set up to build a garden bridge across the Thames has official scrapped the ambitious £90m project.

The Garden Bridge Trust today announced that it will be winding up the project because of lack of support for the project going forward from the Mayor.

The project will now be formally closed. This includes terminating contracts with Franco-Italian joint venture of Bouygues and Cimolai, and  concluding donor funding agreements.

In April, London mayor Sadiq Khan wrote to Lord Mervyn Davies, Chairman of the Garden Bridge Trust, stating that he was not prepared to sign the guarantee for the annual maintenance costs of the Bridge, a condition of planning consent, despite previous assurances given about his support for the project.

Lord Davies said: “It is with great regret that Trustees have concluded that without Mayoral support the project cannot be delivered.

“We are incredibly sad that we have not been able to make the dream of the Garden Bridge a reality and that the Mayor does not feel able to continue with the support he initially gave us.

“We had made great progress obtaining planning permission, satisfying most of our planning conditions and we had raised £70m of private money towards the project.”

“The Garden Bridge would have been a unique place; a beautiful new green space in the heart of London, free to use and open to all.

“It is a sad day for London because it is sending out a message to the world that we can no longer deliver such exciting projects.”

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/08/14/london-garden-bridge-project-scrapped/


Green light for major City of London student scheme

2017-07-26 | Administrator | BIM

Student accommodation specialist Urbanest has secured planning permission for a mixed-used development in the heart of the City of London.

The Vine street scheme in EC3 will create 643 new student homes alongside affordable offices and innovation space for King’s College London.

It has a GDV of more than £200m.

A new exhibition space, offering public access to a preserved section of London’s original Roman wall, has also been created in partnership with the Museum of London, alongside 75,000 sq ft of commercial offices and 10,000 sq ft of incubator space for start-ups.

As part of the redevelopment, significant new public space will be created on Jewry Street with a new east-west pedestrian route, enabling pedestrians to cut through the site whilst having a view into the exhibition space.

Mark Morgan, Chief Executive Officer at Urbanest, said: “Vine Street supports our strategy of delivering high quality student housing at a range of price points across prominent locations in central London and the blend of innovation space, supporting start-ups, will create an exciting culture of collaboration.

“The development is in the centre of the former Londinium, an important and historic part of the capital’s heritage.

“The public exhibition space we are creating in partnership with the Museum of London, will ensure that everyone can enjoy the Roman Wall, and be a part of the community we hope to foster alongside our university partners at KCL, for years to come.”


HS2 confirms shortlists for new stations

2017-07-20 | Administrator | BIM

HS2 Ltd has confirmed the station design contracts shortlists for London and Birmingham and for the long-term development around Euston station.

The winning designers will work with HS2 Ltd to develop plans for three brand new stations at Birmingham Curzon Street, Birmingham Interchange and London’s Old Oak Common, as well as a major expansion of London Euston.

The shortlists for the station design contracts include, Arup, Mott MacDonald, WSP, Arcadis and a Jacobs/BuroHappold/Idom joint venture.

All the bidders have been invited to tender for at least two station packages.

HS2 Ltd Chief Executive, Mark Thurston said: “This is a major milestone for the project, setting the scene for the next stage of the station design process. Together with the successful bidders, we will go on to deliver one of HS2’s most tangible legacies – three brand new stations and the long-term transformation of Euston.

“All four projects represent exciting opportunities to showcase the very best in engineering and design while also delivering value for money.”

HS2 also published the names of the bidders in the running to win the Euston Master Development Partner contract.

The winner will advise on, and later take forward, sustainable mixed-use development opportunities, including new homes, offices and retail space above and around the revamped London Euston.

The following bidders have been shortlisted and invited to participate in dialogue:

  • Westfield Europe Ltd
  • Euston Regeneration Partnership (Led by Argent Related Services LLP)
  • Canary Wharf Group
  • Land Securities Property Holdings Limited
  • Lendlease Europe Holdings Limited

This comprehensive approach has the potential to deliver up to 22 hectares of development space as well as improving accessibility and creating new public and green spaces across the wider Euston site.

Managing Director, Network Rail Property, David Biggs, said: “The new station can be a catalyst for local regeneration and increase connection across the local community, bringing huge benefits both to the area itself as well as the country as a whole.”

Contracts for the station designs and the Euston Master Development Partner will be awarded early next year.

Source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/18/hs2-confirms-shortlists-for-new-stations/


Winners revealed for £6.6bn HS2 Phase One

2017-07-17 | Administrator | BIM

Winners of £6.6bn worth of major construction contracts for HS2 Phase One were confirmed by the Government today.

Transport secretary Chris Grayling confirmed the deals which will see the route reach Birmingham by 2026.

Plans were also confirmed to extend the route from Birmingham to the north west, East Midlands and Yorkshire.

The winning contractors for Phase One are:

Area South

  • Euston Tunnels and Approaches – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)
  • Northolt Tunnels – SCS JV (Skanska Construction UK Ltd, Costain Ltd, STRABAG AG)

Area Central

  • Chiltern Tunnels and Colne Valley Viaduct – Align JV (Bouygues Travaux Publics, VolkerFitzpatrick, Sir Robert McAlpine)
  • North Portal Chiltern Tunnels to Brackley – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)
  • Brackley to South Portal of Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel – CEK JV (Carillion Construction Ltd, Eiffage Genie Civil SA, Kier Infrastructure and Overseas Ltd)

Area North

  • Long Itchington Wood Green Tunnel to Delta Junction and Birmingham Spur – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)
  • Delta Junction to WCML Tie-In – BBV JV (Balfour Beatty Group Ltd, VINCI Construction Grands Projets, VINCI Construction UK Ltd, VINCI Construction Terrassement)

Preparatory works are already underway, with main construction work starting in 2018/19 following a period of detailed design work.

Grayling said: “This is a hugely important step in the construction of Britain’s new railway and underlines this government’s determination to deliver an economy that works for all.”

David Higgins, Chairman of HS2 Ltd, said: “This is a huge day for the HS2 project and for the country. These contracts will support 16,000 jobs here in Britain and will create opportunities for thousands of SMEs.”

In total, construction of the full HS2 route to the north-west and Yorkshire will create up to 25,000 jobs and 2,000 apprenticeships.

Balfour Beatty and VINCI said its joint venture deals were worth a combined £2.5bn.

Mark Cutler, Balfour Beatty VINCI Managing Director for HS2, said: “This iconic rail infrastructure project will create significant opportunities for the UK construction industry and will drive growth in skills, jobs and prosperity.

“We look forward to building on our successful track record delivering high profile projects, and help to engineer Britain’s second great railway age”.

Carillion said its joint venture deals with Eiffage and Kier were worth a total of £1.2bn.

It added: “These Lots will be awarded in two stages.

“Stage One will be a 16-month period to develop a design, a programme and a Target Cost for the construction of the works.

“Stage Two is the construction of the main works and this is expected to take between four and five years to complete.”

Nine consortia were shortlisted for the work in March 2016 when the total contract value was estimated at between £7.1bn – £11.8bn.

The consortia to miss out were: ASL (Acciona Infraestructuras, John Sisk & Son, Lagan Construction Group), Catalyst (Bechtel), Fusion (Morgan Sindall Construction and Infrastructure,BAM Nuttall, Ferrovial Agroman (UK), LFM (Laing O’Rourke Construction, FCC Construccion,J. Murphy and Sons) and Momentum Infrastructure (Dragados, Hochtief Infrastructure, GallifordTry Infrastructure).

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/17/winners-revealed-for-6-6bn-hs2-phase-one/


Three hospitals fail cladding fire safety tests

2017-07-06 | Administrator | BIM

Buildings are being stripped of cladding at three hospitals in England after failing fire safety checks.

Buildings at London’s King’s College Hospital, North Middlesex Trust and Sheffield’s children’s hospital have been found to have combustible cladding.

NHS Improvement also revealed five hospital trusts are still awaiting combustibility test results from the Building Research Establishment of the first 38 priority hospitals to be checked after initial surveys.

All NHS trusts and foundation trusts have been asked to carry out urgent fire safety checks following Grenfell.

Of these trusts checked so far, 30 have started fire warden patrols but did not need further action at this stage, NHS Improvement said.

A test sample taken from an office building at King’s College Hospital in south London failed an ACM fire safety test. The trust has already removed the cladding as a precautionary measure.

The other two sites have failed on buildings that house patients, but do not keep them in overnight.

Sheffield Children’s hospital is taking steps to remove cladding from one of its buildings following a negative ACM test result.

Samples from a building at North Middlesex University Hospitals NHS Trust have also failed the ACM combustibility test.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/07/05/three-hospitals-fail-cladding-fire-safety-test/


BRE to launch KODA house in UK

2017-06-28 | Administrator | BIM

BRE is teaming up with the embassy of Estonia to launch the KODA micro house in London this week.

The house is a tiny prefabricated dwelling designed by Estonian-based design firm Kodasema to allow its residents to up sticks and move to a new location in less than a day. The 269 sq ft cube can be assembled in less than seven hours, and disassembled in four hours.

The house is constructed with factory-made components, and can be built on site without the need for foundations.

It is a recent winner of WAN Urban Challenge 2017, a global ideas competition with a focus on London’s housing crisis. It has also been one of 10 ground-breaking demonstration buildings on the BRE Innovation Park in Watford.

The house addresses extreme weather conditions by generating its own energy. It has thin, vacuum-insulated concrete walls, quadruple glazing and innovative LED lighting and architecture that maximises daylight.

It is hoped KODA will shake up the property market by providing a high-end space that can be used as a city centre home, a lakeside summer house, an office, workshop or studio or even a classroom.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/bre-launch-koda-house-uk/


‘CityTree’ air purifiers use moss screens to absorb urban pollution

2017-06-21 | Tech | BIM

A Berlin-based company has launched an urban air filter which it calls a “CityTree”. The unit includes a screen of moss and other plants that its maker says offers the same environmental benefits as 275 trees.

Green City Solution says its CityTrees circulate water and minerals, take particulate matter from the air and absorb nitrogen dioxide and ozone, thereby offsetting the equivalent of 240 tonnes of carbon dioxide a year.

The freestanding unit is 4m high, 3m wide and takes up 3.5 sq m of street space. As well as its environmental benefits, it may contain an LED screen, a Wi-Fi hotspot, or a charging station for an electric bike.

The company’s pitch for the CityTree claims the unit can provide its own water and nutrients, requires only a few hours of maintenance a year and can be assembled or dismantled within eight hours.

Two versions of the product are available, both with and without a bench.

According to Green City Solutions, 90% of cities’ inhabitants breathe polluted air, and that this causes every seventh death worldwide.

Around 20 CityTrees have been installed so far in Hong Kong, Paris and Oslo, each costing $25,000. There are plans for units to be added to lower income countries such as India.

Images courtesy of Green City Solutions

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/citytree-air-purifiers-use-moss-screens-absorb-urb/


Bristol Uni plan for £300m Temple Meads campus

2017-06-20 | Administrator | BIM

The University of Bristol has revealed its initial vision for a £300m campus next to Bristol Temple Meads.


Known as the Temple Quarter Enterprise Campus, the development will be one of the city’s most significant regeneration projects in recent history.

The University unveiled the plans in the first part of a two phase public consultation before submitting for planning towards the end of this year.

Construction work is scheduled to get underway in 2019 allowing the campus to open in time for the start of the 2021/22 academic year.

The seven-acre site spans the derelict former Royal Mail sorting office and part of Arena Island.

The University will also expand its successful Engine Shed enterprise hub and build a new student village together with improvements to the public realm, including new cycle and pedestrian links to the surrounding area and high-quality landscaping.

Professor Hugh Brady, Vice-Chancellor and President of the University of Bristol, said that although designs for the campus were in their infancy and would be informed by the outcome of the consultation.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/19/bristol-uni-plan-for-300m-temple-meads-campus/


NORTHERN ARC COULD BRING HYPERLOOP’S SUPER-FAST TRANSPORT SYSTEM TO UK

2017-06-12 | Administrator | BIM

Details of a new futuristic UK transport system which could slash journey times across the north of England have been revealed.

The Northern Arc project aims to create super-fast transport in which passengers and cargo are loaded into a pod and accelerated gradually via electric propulsion through a low-pressure tube.

The concept is a result of Hyperloop One’s Global Challenge which called for proposals to develop its train-in-a-vacuum-tube technology.

Nine European routes have been shortlisted as part of the Global Challenge, including three for the UK, with the Northern Arc being touted as a real possibility.

The Northern Arc route, which covers Liverpool, Manchester, Leeds, Newcastle, Edinburgh and Glasgow, aims to create a coordinated, government-backed, deliverable proposal which will connect Scotland with Northern Powerhouse partners to create a super-region and showcase the north of England as a global leader of transport innovation.

Using the Hyperloop One technology, the route has the potential to connect 10.4 million people across six cities in the north with the total journey time of 47 minutes. A full-scale test track of the technology has already been built in the UK.

The scheme is being backed by the North East Local Enterprise Partnership and has involved local councils, the government and other authorities.

Newcastle firm Ryder Architecture and engineer Arup are also involved in the project.

Paul Bell, partner at Ryder Architecture, one of the businesses pioneering the scheme, said: “Northern Arc is more than a Hyperloop route – it is the economic region that the Northern Powerhouse should be and we’re excited to be involved in this pioneering opportunity.”

The nine European routes being considered by Hyperloop One are:


source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/northern-arc-could-bring-hyperloops-super-fast-tra/


Just days left to nominate construction’s finest

2017-06-09 | Administrator | BIM

There are just a few days left to nominate potential winners of this year’s Construction Enquirer Awards.

Luckily you don’t have to wait for your company marketing machine to click into action to put forward an entry.

Anyone can nominate a firm who is great to work for or do business with.

So if you really rate your employer, or have been impressed while working with a contractor, client or supplier put their name forward.

Top Ten winners in each category will be decided by an industry vote which attracted more than 11,000 voters last year.

But you have to be in it to win it so if you like the company you work for or someone in your supply chain has done a great job nominate them here

The online entry process only takes minutes and the deadline is Monday June 12.

Sponsors are also lining-up to have their names associated with construction’s newest and most innovative awards.

The latest big name to come on board as a sponsor is Cemex.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/08/just-days-left-to-nominate-constructions-finest/


Construction to start this summer on 1,500 home community

2017-06-08 | Administrator | BIM

St Modwen is set to start construction of a new 1,500-home community in South Oxfordshire this summer.

The regeneration specialist has submitted a detailed planning application for the 227 acre site at Crab Hill in Wantage.

St Modwen confirmed today it hopes to start within weeks on the first phase 0f 150 homes.

The development will also contain a new primary school, a neighbourhood centre including pub/restaurant and local retail accommodation, sports pitches, employment space and community amenities set around a central park.

St. Modwen will implement the infrastructure works and deliver up to half of the 1,500 new homes through its housebuilding arm St Modwen Homes.

The rest of the development plots will be awarded in tranches and sold to other housebuilders for building out.

St Modwen confirmed the deal in a trading update today which included a new group strategy following a six month review of the business.

It includes plans to accelerate commercial development activity and grow the residential business.

Chief executive Mark Allan said: “Over the last six months we have undertaken a detailed review of the current portfolio and the existing opportunities within our extensive asset base.

“The outcome of this review has been positive, highlighting the strength and depth of opportunity within the business and portfolio to create value through our regeneration, commercial and residential expertise.

“Having experienced a positive start to the year that reflects management expectations, we will now continue to refine the strategy further and concentrate on those areas of our deep and diverse portfolio that present genuine opportunities for value generation and further business growth which will ultimately lead to enhanced shareholder returns”. 

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/07/construction-to-start-this-summer-on-1500-home-community/


App measures material deliveries on iPhone

2017-06-07 | Administrator | BIM

A new app is being rolled out in the UK which is claiming to be a game changer – by allowing site managers to easily measure material deliveries from their smartphone.

US-based developer Stockpile says that the amount of material bought, sold, produced, or delivered to sites has been a long-standing issue in the construction industry. Resolving these disputes requires bringing in measurement experts and can take days, often costing in the region of £1,000.

With the Stockpile Reports iPhone app, construction professionals can measure the material themselves, immediately, for a tenth of the cost, getting measurement results in the time it would take a measurement crew to even show up.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/app-meas7ures-mate6rial-delive5ries-iphone/


Two-year rebuild complete of Battersea chimneys

2017-06-06 | Administrator | BIM

Battersea Power Station’s four iconic chimneys have now been fully rebuilt using the same construction technique as when they were first erected.

Since the first pour in May 2015, nearly 25,000 wheelbarrow loads of concrete have been hand-poured into the chimneys that each stand 51 metres tall.

Rather than use a hose to pour the concrete, it was decided to replicate the original construction methods and 680 tonnes of concrete was lifted in a hoist to the top of the chimney, transferred into wheelbarrows and then hand poured into the structures.

The rings that can be seen around the new chimneys, and that could also be seen around the old ones, are formed by using a ‘Jump Form’ shuttering method.

Using steel and timber, the metal rings are filled with concrete then moved up and filled again. Overall, the hoist has travelled the equivalent of 21 miles, lifting the concrete to the eight workers waiting on boards high above the ground.

The original chimneys, two were built in the 1930s and the second pair in the 1950s, had to be demolished as they were deemed unsafe because they were badly crumbling after so many years.

The rebuilding of the chimneys was overseen by main contractor Skanska and led by specialist engineers Beroa Bierrum working with Delta, the specialist dismantling contractor.

Rob Tincknell, CEO of Battersea Power Station Development Company, said: “Battersea Power Station’s chimneys have been the backdrop for films, music videos and album covers and really are world famous.

“On behalf of our shareholders, I would like to say it has been an honour to restore this iconic symbol to the London skyline so that it can be enjoyed by generations to come.”

Cllr Ravi Govindia, Leader of Wandsworth Council, said: “These giant chimneys are recognised the world over and as the local planning authority we have a profound duty of care to make sure the rebuilding process is a success.

“The site’s owners have understood their significance from day one and have gone to great lengths to restore them to their former glory. And delivered on their promises.”

Emily Gee, London Planning Director at Historic England, said: “Historic England welcomes this final stage of the rebuilding of the chimneys, ensuring that the Power Station will retain its landmark status along this evolving part of London’s skyline.”

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/06/05/two-year-rebuild-complete-of-battersea-chimneys/


BIM training course aimed at site managers is launched

2017-06-01 | Administrator | BIM

A new online BIM training course has been developed by the BRE Academy and CITB to help site managers with the technology

BIM training is to get a boost as a new online course dedicated to training site managers has been launched.

The BRE Academy and CITB developed the course to provide a solid grounding in the technology, which is rapidly changing the face of construction. BIM, when implemented correctly, has the ability to deliver faster, more efficient projects that cost less and have less mistakes.

The course has been developed to support site managers, who are increasingly using BIM, to understand the key principles of it, as well as the responsibilities that come with adopting it. BRE’s BIM experts helped to create the course.

BIM training

‘BIM for Site Managers’ will be available online and can be completed in a flexible manner. Site managers can start and stop the course or redo parts.

It will focus on a number of areas including BIM Level 2, understanding how to improve workflows, how to limit liabilities, how to reduce the risk on deliverables, and how to reduce waste.

Director of BRE Academy Pauline Traetto said: “BIM is all about ‘Information Management’ process and procedures, and the common data environment (CDE).

“Our mission is to ensure that the whole supply chain is competent in BIM Level 2, and that both individuals and employers within the Architecture, Engineering and Construction Industries fit into the BIM Level 2 process.

“The CITB has highlighted how key site managers are in delivering BIM projects, and we are delighted to have been their partner of choice for creating this course.”

Benefit to site managers

Ben Lever, CITB Future Skills Manager, said the role of BIM in the construction industry should not be overlooked.

“BIM is becoming ever more important in construction, which is why we are pleased to have worked with BRE to develop this new online course,” he said. “Led by the forward-thinking team at BRE Academy, it provides the targeted and rigorous training that’s really needed.

“It’s right that this course is aimed at site managers because they have a key role to play in implementing BIM and ensuring successful adoption. We hope this course has a big impact and helps our industry raise its performance.”

source and read more: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-training-course-aimed-site-managers-launched/33432


How we implemented BIM: Orms architects

2017-05-26 | Administrator | BIM

BIM+ spoke to Anna Fiejtek, BIM manager at architect Orms, to discover how this medium-sized practice has adopted and implemented BIM.

When did Orms make the decision to start using BIM?

It was a gradual process, we got interested in BIM at the beginning of 2011. At the time we heard a lot about it through practice involvement at RIBA so we started exploring BIM technologies and their potential benefits to the practice.

The Government Construction Strategy was a clear signal that we should be investing in the technology, and testing and gradual implementation followed later that year. We were determined to be BIM enabled long before the government deadline of 2016.

However, it took much longer than anticipated, which was partially due to BIM standards not being developed enough at the time and partially due to the software solutions we were using.

In 2014, as more clients started to ask for BIM on their projects, we reviewed our BIM strategy and decided to invest more into the right software, staff training and document control systems. As a result, since early 2016 all new projects at Orms have been using BIM.

How has BIM been implemented?

It happened in stages. BIM implementation started modestly in 2011 when 10 people were sent to BIM design software training. We hired a consultancy to help us set up the software and key systems and then we tried to slowly implement BIM on a few live jobs.

Initially we picked two test projects, including a masterplan in Cornwall. We used 3D models to work through many massing options for the development. Models were used to get visual feedback for various strategies and automatic area schedules for each option.

Use of intelligent 3D models allowed us to easily track areas against client requirements. It also helped us to test key views at the same time.

Following that we tried BIM on other projects, mainly for 3D coordination. A BIM focus group was formed to learn more about the processes and to start developing our own way of using BIM technologies. At that stage the use of BIM was not driven by the clients. 

For Orms the real change and a whole new implementation challenge occurred in 2014 when clients and some of our consultants started to ask for BIM models. We soon realised we could be achieving much better outcomes if we changed the software we used for modelling. In mid-2014 Orms started the switch to a new BIM platform.

Initially we trained one project team member with the intention to split that team once the project was finished. Following this we then placed them on different jobs so they could spread their knowledge and help less experienced users – gradually we trained most of our staff.

As more BIM standards started to be published and clients Employer’s Information Requirements became more onerous we understood that consultancy services were not enough. Since then we have a dedicated in-house BIM manager who is responsible for staff training, daily support, audit of BIM models, keeping up to date with the latest standards and best industry practice. This allowed us to use BIM software and procedures on all new projects.

What resistance has there been to implementing BIM? 

Introducing BIM requires substantial investment. At Orms we were initially concerned about the cost of implementing new technologies, the amount of time it would take to train staff and put adequate systems in place, as well as understanding insurance and legal implications of sharing models with consultants and clients.

Not only this, internal standards that we had developed and became used to, proved to be a slight resistance – they worked well for us so changing them to match new BIM national standards was a slow process and required a lot of persuasion.

What has been the biggest issue to overcome in implementation?

The biggest issue was a change in culture. BIM implementation is not limited to change of drafting software. It is a much more substantial change in terms of workflow, managing and accessing data compared to what people are used to in 2D. Making people comfortable with new ways of doing things is challenging, especially when projects are under time pressure.

Occasionally some are tempted to revert to the old ways of doing things, for example to switch to another software or hand sketching if that is what they feel more comfortable with, to save time in the short term. This temptation needs to be managed and the long-term benefits of using BIM need to be taken into account.

Educating designers about benefits of producing data rich, accurate models and following standards is key to realising benefits of BIM.

How many clients are requesting BIM?

It is still rare to be asked by the client to deliver projects in BIM, probably due to the fact that Orms has few public sector projects. At the moment we have four projects where clients have specifically asked for BIM Level 2 to be delivered. Two of those are for the same developer who recognised the advantages of BIM for their business.

One of the other projects is for a contractor who asked Orms to provide BIM models at tender/construction stage. It seems like there is still a lot to be done to educate more private sector clients about the benefits of BIM.

Is the practice seeing any financial benefits on the BIM projects?

We can certainly see the benefits in using BIM processes. Among other things, they allow us to do many things in a clever way, produce more consistent information and deliver better coordinated projects that are better value for our clients.

However, at this stage we don’t see the full financial benefits. This is partially due to a substantial initial investment in BIM software and training. We recognise that it takes time to master and get used to new ways of working, to really realise the full financial benefits of BIM.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/how-w5e-implem7ented-bim-or6ms-architects/


Race starts for first £15m Brent Cross infrastructure deal

2017-05-25 | Administrator | BIM

The bid race has begun for the first £15m infrastructure package to pave the way for the £1.4bn redevelopment of Brent Cross Shopping Centre in London.

An OJEU notice has been posted for Phase 1A of the scheme covering highways, roads, bridges, river works, utilities and diversions.

Up to three firms will be invited to bid for the £15m deal which will last 18 months.

Joint venture developers Hammerson and Standard Life Investments submitted detailed plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of Brent Cross last week.

Subject to planning consent, preliminary work on the development could start as early as summer 2018.

Over the life of the vast project an estimated 5,000 construction jobs will be sustained.

Designed by architects Callison RTKL and Chapman Taylor, the proposed development will see the shopping centre double in size to around 2m sq ft.

Brent Cross London is the northern element of the vast £4.5bn regeneration plan for Brent Cross and Cricklewood, for which Hammerson and Standard Life Investments secured outline planning consent in 2010.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/05/25/race-starts-for-first-15m-brent-cross-infrastructure-deal/


RICS BIM4SME awards extend deadline to recognise more BIM talent

2017-05-24 | Administrator | BIM

The deadline for the RICS BIM4SME awards, which recognises industry talent and expertise, has been extended after it was inundated with nominations

More time has been given to enter the 2017 RICS BIM4SME Awards. The Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) and BIM4SME, who run the awards, said they were inundated with nominations for annual award ceremony, which takes place throughout April to June across the UK. Now, those wishing to enter from will have more time to do so as the deadline has been moved from the 26 May to 7 August.

Recognition

The awards recognise those in the construction industry who are utilising BIM technology to deliver smarter and more sustainable buildings.

Free to enter, the awards were launched three years ago by RICS and BIM4SME to recognise small and medium enterprises that are successfully using BIM to deliver projects and initiatives. It focuses on projects that promote best practice and aims to show the importance of BIM for SME firms.

source and read full article: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/rics-bim4sme-awards-extend-deadline/33323


Revised £1bn ‘Harrods’ of Bayswater plan approved

2017-05-19 | Administrator | BIM

Westminster council has approved rescaled plans to redevelop the Whiteleys shopping centre in west London.


A joint venture between a Meyer Bergman-advised investment fund and Warrior Group aims to give the once grand Grade II-listed department store in Bayswater a new lease of life.

The Foster + Partners designed £1bn mixed-use scheme will see 500,000-plus sq ft of homes and shops built behind the existing 1911 facade.

Under the revised plans two controversial residential towers will be dropped a floor and the number of one and two bedroom flats increased from 44 to 78 while larger four bedroom homes will be reduced from 37 to seven.

The scheme will open onto Queensway, which is also planned to undergo a £50m revamp.

Under the section 106 agreement the developer has agreed to fund £6m of public realm improvements and £6m for affordable housing.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/05/18/revised-1bn-harrods-of-bayswater-plan-approved/


British Land to submit 5.5m sq ft Canada Water plan

2017-05-18 | Administrator | BIM

Property developer British Land is preparing to submit plans for its 5.5m sq ft Canada Water scheme in London within the next 12 months.


The vast mixed-use scheme, south the Thames in Rotherhithe, ranks as the London developer’s most ambitious scheme over the next 10 years.

This morning the firm revealed plans were progressing for the 46 acre site as it unveiled a 7% rise in underlying profit for the year to £390m.

British Land is working closely with the London Borough of Southwark, the Greater London Authority, Transport for London on the scheme.

Plans will include 2m sq ft of workspace and 1m sq ft of retail and leisure space alongside educational and cultural uses and up to 3,500 new homes.

These will include a mix of affordable and market priced housing as well as a more targeted provision, including student accommodation.

Chris Grigg, chief executive, said: “Our active programme of engagement with the local community and other stakeholders includes our fourth public consultation which started earlier this month and we are targeting submission of a planning application around the end of the financial year.

“We will evaluate phasing of the project and potential funding structures as we move closer to securing planning.”

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/05/17/british-land-to-submit-5-5m-sq-ft-canada-water-plan/


Hunt for £250m London concert hall design team

2017-05-15 | Matt Samways | BIM

City of London Corporation has started the search for a design team to work up concept plans for a world-class concert hall in London.


The £250m Centre for Music project would create a new home for Simon Rattle’s London Symphony Orchestra on a site currently occupied by the Museum of London.

Backers of a new concert hall in London – The Barbican Centre, London Symphony Orchestra  and Guildhall School of Music and Drama – are working in partnership to develop plans.

The design work to build a business case is now being funded by the City of London Corporation after the government withdrew support from the scheme last year.


Pre-qualification documents have now been issued on the CapitalESourcing website for an architect, civil and structural engineer, building services engineer, acoustic consultant and theatre consultant, each being procured independently.

The proposed site for the music centre will be freed when the Museum of London completes a £250m move to a bigger and more accessible site at London’s Smithfield Market.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/05/15/hunt-for-250m-london-concert-hall-design-team/


There are 3 P’s of BIM: people, processes and policies

2017-05-11 | Administrator | BIM

Successfully implementing BIM relies on the 3 P’s of BIM: people, processes and policies. 

Gaurang Trivedi, Engineering Consultant for TrueCADD explains

Advances in technology have impacted virtually every sphere of life, where Radio Shack stores have been replaced by cloud service providers like Google and Amazon, Netflix has replaced Blockbuster, and smartphones have successfully replaced Polaroid cameras. The scenario in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) fraternity is no different where BIM is all set to replace CAD for planning, designing and modelling AEC projects.

BIM is taking the architectural practice a step further

BIM is the stepping stone helping the AEC industry to progress, along with the technological evolution called generative design. The beauty is that specific constraints and objectives such as daylight, thermal performance and structural integrity, are taken into consideration by computer software algorithms to leverage BIM and help architects in generating computational or parametric building designs.

Some of the software algorithms of generative design are apt at manipulating building data to deliver more than 17,000 different design options in a mere few days. With the automation of design optimisation, computers are now capable of sorting through thousands of possible design permutations and can handpick the top designs which comprehend construction project requirements. It is not a farfetched possibility that quite soon computers will design things more effectively and efficiently than humans can.

The future with BIM is promising as it is cost effective, efficient, and allows for responsive building designs for the whole life-cycle of a building. However, with all these benefits there is one drawback with BIM; there are still professionals in the AEC industry who are soulfully attached to old ways of working. The industry should assist them to overcome the challenges of adopting BIM as it is the right and only chance they have.

I believe that for companies to venture into the next generation of construction, the approach should be focused on the 3 ‘Ps’ of BIM; people, process and policies.

source and read more: https://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/3-ps-of-bim/33019


BIM’S LEGAL STUMBLING BLOCKS: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW

2017-05-09 | Administrator | BIM

The pros, cons and technical benefits of using BIM are well rehearsed, but much less under discussion are the legal aspects of BIM. David McNiece from Quigg Golden Solicitors fills us in.

This article seeks to look only at the practical legal implications of BIM and why we as an industry seem to not only have missed a trick in appropriating it industry wide, but what the underlying reasons for this are.

In brief, there appears to be a real hesitancy towards BIM and the proper usage and adoption of it. Why? BIM as a model is not next generation, it is well within our grasp and if we look towards our American cousins or works being carried out in South East Asia, we in the UK are significantly behind in our use and understanding of BIM.

BIM as a management tool is what we should be striving towards. In terms of our procurement and contractual obligations and meeting governmental objectives, concentrating on innovation, collaboration and whole-life costs, BIM should be at the forefront of construction.

So what is it about BIM that we don’t want to embrace? Well, in my experience, it falls into four main camps: 

It is hard for these not to overlap, but each brings its own distinct stumbling block. These headings also have some overlap with specific legal principles.  

The first obvious issue of resourcing is well rehearsed and speaks for itself. Money is tight and companies, both public and private, may not be in a position now to fully endorse BIM the way they should.

However, a lot of the problems that we are facing are nothing more than perceived problems. People look at BIM as new technology or an unknown; this has led to a hesitancy to embrace it. This hesitancy is highlighted by issues of public procurement, how BIM is used in contract, and a lack of understanding on intellectual property/copyright issues.

Is public procurement a stumbling block for BIM?

One of the most obvious problems with BIM is that it is not endorsed from the top down. It is (or at least should be) a public contract requirement, and there is a very strong argument that it should be the public sector itself that is encouraging or promoting the use of BIM (the hand that rocks the cradle and all that).

Ultimately, if the public sector does not encourage or even require the use of BIM, what incentive or need is there for contractors to actually spend time, money and resourcing in researching BIM or developing BIM departments?

So, why does the public sector not endorse BIM as it probably should?

From first-hand experience, it is not only a resourcing and knowledge issue (although this is a big part of it). If the client does not know about BIM, why would they want to base the award of a contract or the success of a project on something they do not understand themselves?  

There is also the money issue that having a BIM project from the outset with no prior engagement or experience is going to cost money. Generally speaking this is untested and whenever there is a choice between “use something that might cost more money” or “tried and tested” it will always be the path of least resistance that is trod.  

The flipside of this comes from the reforms of Lord Young in respect of SME participation in procurement processes. Lord Young’s reforms went to the heart of encouraging the use and involvement of SMEs. What better way to exclude smaller companies that do not have the abilities to resource and research a new form of technology, than requiring it in your tender process. Therefore, the inclusion of BIM in contracts where an SME could genuinely and competitively tender may be painting a target on the back of the contracting authority for a potential challenge.

the read more and view source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/management/bims-leg7al-stu8mbling-bl9ocks-what-you-need-know/


INTERNET-ENABLED GLOVES TO IMPROVE SITE SAFETY UNVEILED

2017-05-08 | Matt Samways | BIM

French construction firm Bouygues is part of a team that has developed online equipment designed to improve the safety of construction workers.

After two years of joint studies, the first “online sleeve” is described by the company as a “portable terminal worn on the forearm and compatible with gloves”.

Other members of the team, including waste management company Suez and industrial gas supplier Air Liquide will use the product in their own fields. The companies developed it together in a laboratory in Grenoble, southeastern France.

The wearable tech is said to complement the customary personal protective equipment, to which it adds online capabilities.

The gadget will allow employees to be guided, informed and given help in real time when they are working in the field, and will allow workers to communicate while keeping their hands free.

It has already passed a pilot phase and will be progressively rolled out in several French regions for use by each partner’s employees.

Other modular digital tools have also been designed by the partners to further equip the “online operative”. They can be adapted according to the requirements of each partner’s business: a high-viz jacket equipped with sensors able to analyse the air, glasses with an integrated camera and safety boots allowing geolocation.

Bouygues recently announced that it would use virtual reality headsets during safety training.

read more news and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/internet-enabl7ed-glo9ves-impr8ove-site-safety/


Small builders bullish despite rising costs

2017-04-26 | Administrator | BIM

Small construction firms enjoyed rising workloads in the first three months of 2017, despite growing concerns over the cost of labour and materials.

According to the Federation of Master Builders latest trade survey one in two members predict rising workloads in the coming months, with just 5% predicting a decrease in activity;

Around 85% of builders believe that material prices will rise in the next three months and around six out of 10 are reporting problems finding carpenters – a post financial crisis high.

Brian Berry, chief executive of the FMB, said: “Workloads rose in every part of the UK, with particularly positive results in the devolved nations.

“Given the concerns that wider consumer confidence might be weakening, it’s encouraging that smaller construction firms aren’t sensing any drop-off in demand for their services.

“Indeed, despite Article 50 being triggered and the growing likelihood of a hard Brexit, these latest results demonstrate that builders are increasingly confident about the immediate future, with one in two forecasting higher workloads during the next quarter.”

The survey covers the period before the announcement of a snap General Election, which may well cool consumer demand in the coming months.

Berry warned: “The combined effects of rising material costs and the ever-worsening construction skills crisis will therefore be reason enough for SME construction firms to be cautious in their optimism.

“If growth in real household income remains flat, and if consumer confidence is shaken by the impending snap General Election and the triggering of Article 50, there are plenty of potential pitfalls for builders to navigate.

“Nevertheless, as of yet, the much anticipated ‘Brexit effect’ has yet to hit what is considered to be the bellwether sector of consumer confidence and wider economic health.”

source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/04/24/small-builders-bullish-despite-rising-costs/


Local construction firms demand fair crack at public contracts

2017-04-25 | Administrator | BIM

Smaller contractors across the North East are calling for more public work to go their way rather than straight into the hands of the majors.

The Construction Alliance Northeast has launched a Construction Charter highlighting the need for change for its 500 member firms.

The charter raises awareness of the need to re-think public procurement strategy so that regional SMEs get a better chance to compete for contracts in the open market.

It highlights the need for a greater focus in tender documentation on increasing local contractor participation and ensuring that local firms are not excluded by tightly drawn selection criteria which favour high turnover and a track record of similar framework experience.

Jeff Alexander, chief executive of CAN, said: “During the recession many regional construction businesses were badly affected by the lack of private sector development.

“At the same time, the shift in public sector procurement practice resulted in national and large regional framework agreements for publicly funded projects and many of the region’s long established smaller and medium sized construction firms as well as tier one consultants were locked out.

“Some went out of business.  With the new Construction Charter we have developed, we hope to ensure this situation does not arise again.

“The companies CAN represents have a combined turnover of some £3 billion and employ in excess of 10,000 people.

“Given the recent forecast for construction output and the opportunities generated by the UK leaving the EU, there is a chance for rules on public procurement strategy to be urgently reviewed so that there is more of a level playing field for regional companies.”

read full story and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/04/24/local-construction-firms-demand-fair-crack-at-public-contracts/


L&Q in-house building arm hunts for trade contractors

2017-04-10 | Administrator | BIM

Housing association London & Quadrant is on the lookout for trade contractors.

Quadrant Construction Services is preparing to invite specialist firms to tender for places as preferred M&E, brickwork and plasterboard contractors on work packages valued at more than £4m.

M&E work packages worth a total of £20m over four years will involve the full design, supply, installation, testing and commissioning.

This will be developed to ultimately consist of a small group of electrical and mechanical only firms alongside four to five combined M&E subcontractors.

Brickwork panels will follow a similar pattern with four to six firms on board to enjoy a total projected spend of £12m. A similar number of drywall firms can look forward to a  £15m total spend.

Tenders will be invited from firms in early May. Contact Peter O’Rourke (tel:0300 456 9998) or find more details on the procurement portal.

Quadrant Construction was formed in 2010 to add an in-house construction practice to L&Q’s operation.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/04/10/lq-in-house-building-arm-hunts-for-trade-contractors/


Highways England to set out new delivery approach

2017-04-05 | Administrator | BIM

Highways England is planning a suppliers day in London next month to set out plans for delivering the next generation of road improvement schemes.

The major event will set out thinking so far on options proposed under the Routes to Market programme.

Latest procurement options have been informed by the current £5bn Collaborative Delivery Framework which was awarded in November 2014.

Highways England is now looking at fresh options to deliver the Roads Investment Strategy. This will focus on greater collaboration and a stronger regional procurement footprint for medium size projects.

The event will be used to canvass supplier feedback and influence and develop the Routes to Market procurement mechanisms.

Major Projects delivery routes will include the Regional Investment Programme (RIP), Complex Infrastructure Programme (CIP), Smart Motorways Programme (SMP) as well as operations delivery work.

The event will be held on 23.5.2017 in London. If you would like to attend, please express your interest to Emma Lloyd by emailing your full company name & specialism along with the name, e-mail address, and telephone number of your key point of contact by 24.4.2017 to: routestomarket@highwaysengland.co.uk

As pat of the procurement rethink Highways England is looking at changing the core Collaborative Delivery Framework, which is due to expire in 2018.

So far around £2.8bn of work has been awarded through the CDF – see below.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/04/03/highway-england-to-set-out-new-delivery-approach/


Atkins confirms £2bn takeover offer from Canadian group

2017-04-04 | Administrator | BIM

Shares in consultant Atkins soared on Monday after it revealed a bid approach from Canadian engineering services group SNC-Lavalin.

The proposed £20.80 a share all-cash offer represents a 35% premium on Atkins’ share price last Friday.

Atkins’ board has indicated that the preliminary offer from the Montreal-based firm, which employs 35,000 worldwide, was at a level that the board would be prepared to recommend, subject to reaching agreement on the other terms and conditions of the offer.

Both companies are in discussions on other terms of the offer and SNC-Lavalin is required to announce a firm intention to make an offer to Atkins on May 1.

US consultant CH2m made an approach at Atkins at the start of the year, but it came to nothing, with no offer tabled.

Founded in 1911, SNC-Lavalin operates from over 50 offices worldwide claiming to be is one of the world’s leading engineering and construction groups and a major player in the ownership of infrastructure.

Around 40% of the group’s C$8.4bn (£5bn) revenue in 2016 came from the oil and gas sector, with two other sectors – construction & Infrastructure, and power – each contributing 20%.

Geographically Canada delivers 40% of turnover, with the Middle East and Australia each contributing around 14%. Last year the group declared a C$270m pre-tax profit.

Atkins, which employs 18,000 staff, achieved nearly £1.9bn revenue in 2016 delivering £131.1m pre-tax profit. Around half of revenue was generated from the UK, with a fifth coming from North America.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/04/03/canadian-consultant-unveils-2bn-atkins-takeover-bid/


Engineers launch 4,750t Sunderland bridge deck

2017-03-28 | Administrator | BIM

The bridge deck for the New Wear Crossing was launched across Sunderland’s river on Sunday.


Joint venture builders Farrans Construction and Victor Buyck Steel Construction will now slowly push the 300m deck across river over the next few days using hydraulic jacks.

Once in place, the deck will span from where it has been assembled on the south side of the river in Pallion to the north side in Castletown.

Stephen McCaffrey, Project Director for FVB Joint Venture, said the project was progressing well and was on track to open on time next spring.

“At 300 metres long and weighing 4,750 tonnes, the deck is a substantial structure so moving it out across the river will be a very slow and steady operation.

“It has been in the planning for a long time, and has been calculated to the nearest millimetre, so we will be monitoring it throughout to ensure it progresses in the way we expect.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/03/27/engineers-launch-4750t-sunderland-bridge-deck/


Ringway wins £270m south west highways upkeep

2017-03-23 | Administrator | BIM

Ringway Infrastructure Services has bagged a £270m contract as part of Highways England’s new delivery arrangements in the South West.

Under the new-style asset delivery contract programme, Highways England will now take direct responsibility for managing both routine maintenance and the delivery of capital renewal and improvement schemes.

The Ringway maintenance and response contract will run for up to 15 years and focusses on cyclical and incident maintenance and response across the South West major road network. 

Duties will include severe weather service, incident response and acting as principal contractor under CDM regulations.  

This is the largest of a number of asset delivery contracts in the region and will sit alongside the recently-awarded design services contract – awarded to Kier Highways in February. New partners will be named in April for delivery of construction works.

Highways England will now begin working with Ringway  to ensure that they are ready to begin delivering key Maintenance and Response services from 1 July 2017.

David Poole, Executive Director for commercial and procurement at Highways England, said: “This contract not only builds on the new way of working already taking place in the East Midlands and North of England but also demonstrates our ongoing commitment to increasing Highways England’s capability and control over the whole road network. 

read more and view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/03/22/ringway-wins-270m-south-west-highways-upkeep/


WORLD’S FIRST PLASTIC BRIDGE INSTALLED IN UK

2017-03-20 | Administrator | BIM

The world’s first modular glass-fibre reinforced plastic bridge, 70% lighter than steel, has been launched by design consultancy Arup and bridge specialist Mabey.

Mabey is the first licensed distribution partner of the post-tensioned bridge, which is designed to be assembled in hard-to-reach places where large cranes or heavy machinery can’t go.

Developed by Arup and part-funded by the UK Rail Safety and Standards Board (RSSB), the modular bridge is expected to be of particular interest to the rail industry, providing a safer alternative to level crossings.

The first bridge has been installed at a Site of Special Scientific Interest for Network Rail in Oxford, England. The bridge modules were light enough to be transported by an articulated lorry and then assembled on site and lifted from a distance, Arup and Mabey said in a joint statement yesterday.

Based on Arup’s concept, Mabey is launching the bridge to its customers under the brand name Pedesta.

It features include identical modules, one metre in length, which are fixed together with bolted shear connectors and then post-tensioned.

The system allows spans of up to 30 metres, so it can adapt to suit any application.

Being 70% lighter than steel, the modules only require a pallet truck or forklift to move, enabling faster, safer and more efficient project delivery.

“This modular bridge is quick and easy to install, minimises disruption to the surrounding communities and significantly reduces ongoing maintenance costs,” said Arup associate Rebecca Stewart. “We can see this bridge being useful for a whole host of global applications – from rail footbridges to road and river spans.”

Mabey Bridge’s chief executive Michael Treacy said: “What we have developed from Arup’s concept will change the game for our customers who tell us cost and ease-of-use come first.”

The development of the bridge was funded by Arup Ventures.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/worlds-fi7rst-pla5stic-bridge-install4ed-uk/


£200m plan for old Birmingham Typhoo Tea factory

2017-03-14 | Administrator | BIM

Developer Stoford has been appointed to lead the £200m redevelopment of the former Typhoo Tea building and adjoining canal basin in Birmingham.

The Gooch Estate, owner of more than 10 acres of land around Typhoo Wharf in Digbeth, aims to create new leisure and office space in old tea factory.

Work is set to start next year on the long-awaited revamp of the site close to the proposed HS2 Curzon Station.

At least 1,000,000 sq ft of development is anticipated, which will include Grade A office space, business incubator space, bars and restaurants, artist studios and homes.  

A planning application will be prepared in the summer with the original 1930s building first converted and new buildings following on the remaining vacant land. 

Jon Andrews, director at Stoford, said: “This is a very ambitious scheme that promises to set the tone for transformation of the Digbeth area of the city and we are delighted to have been selected to play a central role in delivering this important development programme.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/03/14/200m-plan-for-old-birmingham-typhoo-tea-factory/


WHY MILLENNIALS ARE KEY TO FIXING THE LABOR SHORTAGE

2017-03-07 | Administrator | BIM

Attracting the young generation with their skills in technology can help solve the labour crisis and streamline construction, says Taylor Ryan, head of marketing at GenieBelt.

The millennial generation is in the spotlight on different media platforms for all the right reasons. Companies in all industries are working out ways as to how they can lure young talent into their organisations and shape them into the future leaders of those companies.

The case is no different in construction. The workforce in the industry has declined in the past 10 years and due numerous factors, millennials have been slow to joins its ranks.

There are a few factors that have contributed to the shortage of labor in the construction industry.

It is filled with an ageing workforce, but their reluctance to retire means that there has been a much slower influx of new millennial workers into the sector. Most of those occupying experienced and top positions in this industry are of mature age and their eventual retirement will leave a huge gap to be filled. Without enough skills from our universities, growth in the construction industry is sure to be slower than other sectors.

Technology is contributing hugely to the skills crisis. New housing technologies require skills that the old guard doesn’t have and which construction companies need. Employment requirements needed 20 years ago are of no relevance today because of a shift in project management technology and the way houses are built: from idea conception to implementation of the project. Nowadays, even a casual laborer is required to have some computer skills to get employment.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/why-millen7nials-a6re-ke7y-fixing-labor-shortage/


Bidding to start on £3.3bn roads pavement framework

2017-03-06 | Administrator | BIM

Highways England has put the industry on standby for the first of its next generation of highways improvement contracts.


The £3.3bn pavement framework will cover regional investment programme projects around the country.

Highways England said the new four-year framework will be broken down into a dozen lots. Each of the main regions will be spilt between projects valued up to £1m and projects worth more.

Its partner firms will be required to supply materials, plant and labour to carry out bituminous and concrete patching, surfacing and pavement construction operations.

Highway England said it plans to issue a OJEU notice by the end of the month.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/03/03/bidding-to-start-on-3-3bn-roads-pavement-framework/


Green light for £35m Horsham town centre

2017-03-01 | Matt Samways | BIM

Plans to redevelop a key site in Horsham town centre in West Sussex have been given the thumbs up by council planners.

A joint venture between property development and investment company Reef Estates and Arcus-PCD aims to redevelop Piries Place with an Everyman three-screen cinema, a 92-bed hotel, shops, offices, and restaurants.

Tenders have been invited for the project, with regional firm R G Carter expected to be among contractors submitting bids.

Designed by urban revival specialists Holder Mathias Architects, the mixed-use scheme’s building will comprise two types of brickwork, as well as bronze coloured metalwork.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/02/28/green-light-for-35m-horsham-town-centre/


Phase One of £56bn HS2 gains Royal Assent

2017-02-24 | Administrator | BIM

Britain’s biggest infrastructure project in decades cleared the final hurdle to construction yesterday as the HS2 Hybrid Bill received Royal Assent.

It paves the way for the nine-year construction programme to start between central London and Birmingham’s Eastside district.

Enabling works packages have already awarded across the three key sections of 140-mile route .

Despite years off waiting, work is unlikely to get off to a flying start with contractors saying they will only be steadily gearing up now, with consultations still ongoing.

Enabling work on phase one is set to begin proper in the spring.

The Act of Parliament today and means the West Midlands can press ahead with plans to use the rail link as a catalyst to drive economic growth around the planned Birmingham Curzon terminal unlocking £1bn of regeneration opportunities.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/02/23/56bn-hs2-phase-one-gains-royal-assent/



TfL continues procurement shift towards subcontractors

2017-02-22 | Administrator | BIM

Transport for London is set to hire a raft of ten design consultants in a bid to reduce construction costs on station upgrades by working directly with more subcontractors.

The move is a significant shift away from the traditional design and build model where the main contractor works up designs produced by TfL.

Tfl is now set to sign up design experts on its Value Enhancement Specialist Framework Agreement.

TfL said: “London Underground is adopting a procurement strategy that moves away from contracting with a main contractor for design and build to a strategy of procuring smaller packages of work with integration between packages the responsibility of London Underground.

“It is believed that, in addition to other benefits, this will facilitate and enable greater opportunity for value engineering throughout the project.”

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/02/21/tfl-continues-procurement-shift-towards-subcontractors/


£520m HS2 phase 2 design contracts awarded

2017-02-14 | Matt Samways | BIM

Plans to bring HS2 to Manchester and Leeds took a step forward today with the award of the four key development and design contracts.

CH2M has been confirmed as phase two overall development partner on the route from Crewe to the North.

The US giant will work with three design consultant consortia also just named, which include teams from Arup, AECOM/Capita/INECO and Mott MacDonald/WSP.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/02/09/520m-hs2-phase-2-design-contracts-awarded/


Asset Information Models: How GliderBIM can manage and deliver data

2017-02-06 | Administrator | BIM

Nick Hutchinson, Managing Director of Glider Technology Limited, discusses how GliderBIM can help deliver Asset Information Models and associated asset data

GliderBIM is an online software platform for managing the production and delivery of Asset Information Models, Asset Data and O&M information throughout the design and construction of a facility. GliderBIM then becomes the digital information platform for the facility’s lifetime.

We wanted to develop a software solution that: enhanced our consultancy service offering, improved Level 2 BIM delivery for the industry, and provided a software platform to enable Level 3 BIM.

The Digital Built Britain report outlines the UK Government’s strategy for progressing from Level 2 to Level 3 BIM. The report poses the following challenges faced by the industry today to move from Level 2 to Level 3 BIM:

GliderBIM provides the solution to the above challenges. We talked to many major contractors and BIM consultants throughout the UK and quickly discovered a distinct lack of comprehensive software solutions for managing the production and delivery of Asset Information Models and associated asset data.

read more and source: http://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/asset-information-models-deliver-data/30629


Outgoing Interserve chief to chair Prince’s Trust initiative

2017-02-01 | Administrator | BIM

Outgoing Interserve chief executive Adrian Ringrose will replace James Wates as chairman of The Prince’s Trust Built Environment Leadership Group.

Wates is stepping down in March after three years at the group. Over the last decade the Trust has changed the lives of over 6,000 young people, helping them find work in one of the built environment sectors, particularly in construction and facilities management.

Under Ringrose during the next three years the Trust aims to step up its programme providing training and career opportunities to 10,000 young people in construction.

Ringrose said: “It is a win-win situation for the industry: while we are doing our bit to help young people, we are also addressing a worrying skills shortage which is affecting our businesses.

“My aim, as chairman, will be to encourage companies to invest in Prince’s Trust programmes, offer tangible outcomes, work placements and volunteering opportunities. I hope to see The Trust’s reputation grow as a partner of choice for the industry.”

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/31/outgoing-interserve-chief-to-chair-princes-trust-initiative/


‘I PREDICT THE END OF PREDICTIONS’

2017-01-27 | Administrator | BIM

Companies that mine and analyse data have a huge advantage, says Mike Bainbridge, chief digital technologist at cloud hosting provider Rackspace.

2016 was an incredible year. The unexpected nature of world events has highlighted what a fluid time we live in. Anyone making a prediction for the next 12 months should be worried about the accuracy of their claim. I understand predictions can be a bit of fun and perhaps a chance to share opinions, but as everything we do becomes more data driven, I predict the end of predictions.

Looking at trends, analysing previous performance and modelling future behavior is now in the hands of computers. If you are making a bet on future outcomes based on opinion, there is a good chance you’ll lose. Don’t forget, the house always wins.

source and continue reading: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/i-predi6ct-e5nd-predi9ctions/



22 Bishopsgate to get fastest lifts in Europe

2017-01-23 | Administrator | BIM

Otis is set to install the fastest lifts in Europe at 22 Bishopsgate in the City of London where Multiplex is building a 59-storey tower.

Otis will be installing 57 lifts and ten escalators in the building.

The firm’s SkyRise double-deck lifts will travel at 30km per hour which Otis claims is a European record.

The tower is due for completion in 2019 and the Square Mile site will have a peak workforce of 1,400 next year.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/23/22-bishopsgate-to-get-fastest-lifts-in-europe/


Trade body questions future of CITB

2017-01-20 | Administrator | BIM

A leading trade body is casting doubt over the future of the CITB as it faces a crunch industry vote.

Building engineering services body BESA is questioning the relevance of the industry skills body.

CITB chiefs are gearing up for a vote later this year when the industry will decide if it wants the skills body to continue raising a levy.

The backing of 13 concensus trade bodies is vital to the CITB’s hopes.

BESA training director Tony Howard said: “The big question for employers – including those BESA members who have to pay the levy – is whether there should be a CITB levy at all.”

He also launched into the CITB’s record on helping smaller contractors.

Howard said: “The CITB has not been able to spend all the money it raises through the levy for years and cannot get funding to more than 9% of SME’s.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/19/trade-body-questions-future-of-citb/


SURVEY: IS BIM WORKING FOR YOU?

2017-01-19 | Administrator | BIM

BIM+ and Construction Manager are once again looking to gauge the depth and breadth of BIM uptake within the industry. Our annual BIM survey is now open and we want to hear your views and experiences on how BIM is impacting working practices.

Last year we had nearly 600 responses to our online questionnaire, which revealed that there was patchy client uptake and weak understanding of BIM’s fundamental standards.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/survey-b7im-wo6rking-yo8u/


Green light for £300m Luton regen scheme

2017-01-17 | Matt Samways | BIM

Developer J2 Global Corporation has gained planning for a £300m leisure and residential scheme to transform Luton’s former car Vauxhall plant.


The Napier Gateway mixed-use development beside Luton Airport Parkway station will include the city’s tallest tower at 22 storeys.

It will features 685 flats, a hotel complex including banqueting facilities, medical centre, public realm retail and leisure piazza, public park and landscaping throughout.

The site off Kimpton Road will also include a medical well-being centre and 209-bed hotel and retail and leisure complex, with leading bars and restaurants.

Croydon-based Blue-3 (UK) is presently on site carrying out enabling works.

Javed Hussain, Managing Director of J2 Global Corporation, said: “After years of planning we couldn’t be happier to get the go-ahead to deliver this iconic project.

“Located on the former Vauxhall site on the edge of the town centre, just across the road from Luton Airport Parkway station, it couldn’t be better placed for those that will live, work and visit here.

“Napier Gateway will help transform the town into an out-of-London hotspot, with a mixture of private sale and affordable homes, as well as modern buildings and facilities to attract new businesses, which in turn will bring hundreds of new jobs to the area.”

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/17/green-light-for-300m-luton-regen-scheme/


All change as Balfour/Vinci HS2 chief joins Murphy

2017-01-16 | Administrator | BIM

Murphy has appointed Balfour Beatty/Vinci HS2 project boss Peter Anderson as managing director for its southern operations.


Anderson, who worked at Balfour for over 16 years in several senior roles at its railway business, will join Murphy in early February.

His early career saw him deliver high profile projects such as M25 widening and Channel Tunnel Rail Link C440.

Murphy’s chief executive officer, Steve Hollingshead, said: We have a lot to deliver for our clients and there are great opportunities across the infrastructure sector.

“Peter further boosts our team to maximise those opportunities and deliver our ten-year plan. He will become a key member of our executive management board.”


read more a view source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/13/all-change-as-balfourvinci-hs2-md-joins-murphy/


HYPERLOOP ONE ANNOUNCES 35 SEMI-FINALISTS FOR ITS GLOBAL CHALLENGE

2017-01-12 | Administrator | BIM

Hyperloop One, the Los Angeles-based company set up to bring Elon Musk’s vacuum maglev concept to market, has announced the locations of the 35 semi-finalists for its Global Challenge, which were whittled down from 2,600 applications.

The challenge began in May 2016 as an “open call to individuals, universities, companies and governments to develop comprehensive proposals for using Hyperloop One's disruptive transport technology in their region to move passengers and freight point-to-point, swiftly, and on demand”.

The semi-finalists are from 17 countries, with the US producing 11 teams, India five and the UK four. Twenty proposals come with commitments of support from local, state and federal governments and agencies.

The proposals include links between London and Edinburgh, Corsica and Sardinia, Seattle and Portland, Mumbai and Delhi, Buenos Aires and Cordoba, and Mexico City and Guadalajara.

The remaining teams will now be reviewed by Hyperloop One’s panel of experts in transportation, technology, economics and innovation.

Rob Lloyd, chief executive of Hyperloop One, said: “The challenge unleashed ideas from some of the world’s most creative engineers and planners, who care as much as we do about the future of transportation.

“These are all solutions that can make a real and immediate social and economic impact.”

Hyperloop One expects to announce a “handful” of finalists by May.

view source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/hyperloop-on7e-an8nounces-35-se9mi-finalists-glob/


Winners named for £500m London housing framework

2017-01-11 | Administrator | BIM

London housing association Network Homes has selected its contractor partners to deliver a new-build programme worth £500m.

The housing association has picked a 13-strong contractor pool to deliver major schemes over £20m.

Laing O’Rourke has secured a place on the major projects panel alongside a dozen other familiar housing contractors operating in London and the Home Counties.

Keepmoat and Henry Construction will also join the major schemes panel for the first time while Countryside, Allenbuild and Kier have dropped off the preferred list this time round

The framework has also opened the door to several smaller players with a lot covering projects worth up to £5m.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/11/winners-named-for-500m-london-housing-framework/


Balfour MD joins Speller Metcalfe

2017-01-10 | Administrator | BIM

Speller Metcalfe has recruited former Balfour Beatty Construction regional managing director Martyn Osborne.

He will start at the national contractor this month as Regional Manager for its south west arm.

The move follows the announcement of joint owner Andy Metcalfe’s decision to retire in April 2018.

Osborne will then take over the running of all south west operations from Speller Metcalfe’s Gloucester office, working alongside Group Managing Director, Des O’Neill.

Andy Metcalfe said: “Martyn is going to be a fantastic addition to Speller Metcalfe, with his role reflecting our management structure across the wider business model.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2017/01/09/balfour-md-joins-speller-metcalfe/


TECHNOLOGY FOR 2017 AND BEYOND

2017-01-05 | Administrator | BIM

While the manufacturing and pharmaceutical sectors have often been cited as leaders of innovation, the construction sector could be accused of conservatism towards new technologies.

But things are changing fast and the government’s BIM Level 2 mandate introduced last year was a catalyst for the industry to embrace new technology and ideas. BIM, in tandem with virtual and augmented reality, robotics, mobile technology and apps, construction is moving into an exciting new era.

Construction Manager interviewed five of the industry’s digital and innovation heads and asked them for their views and predictions on what we might see on site this year and beyond and what will  make the most impact.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/tech5nology-2017-an9d-beyo0nd/


REAL LIFE APPLICATIONS OF BIM

2016-12-21 | Tech | BIM

In the first in a series of webinars presented by BIM+ and Construction Manager, we focused on how to achieve level 2 on the ground.

More than 200 members of the global BIM community from countries as diverse as the US, Kenya, South Africa and Dubai listened to the webinar live – and it is now available to listen to for free here – link.

This webinar, presented in association with Bluebeam, looks beyond the theoretical aspects of BIM Level 2 that have been well documented by the BIM Task Force and others. It focuses on actually getting teams to adopt BIM within their every day working practices both in the office and on site.

Speakers Louise Dawes, group BIM integration manager at Kier; David Philp, global BIM/MIC consultancy director at Aecom; and Sasha Reed, VP strategic development at Bluebeam, each present their views on how BIM can be driven into businesses, followed by a Q&A.

Format: Audio content with PowerPoint presentation. Duration: One hour.

view source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/real-life7-appl6ications-b5im/


Lidl given go-ahead for £70m London HQ

2016-12-20 | Matt Samways | BIM

Discount supermarket chain Lidl has got the green light to build a new £70m London headquarters.

The planned 240,000sq ft office at Tolworth in wst London will replace Lidl’s current Wimbledon headquarters which it has outgrown.

The German firm was granted permission by Kingston Council but must wait for a final decision to rubber stamp the development from London Mayor Sadiq Khan in the new year.#

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/12/19/lidl-given-go-ahead-for-70m-london-hq/


£6bn public works framework out for bid

2016-12-14 | Administrator | BIM

Local authority procurement specialist LHC has launched the bid race for its most ambitious framework deal to date.

The mega framework covering pubic works of varying sizes across England and Wales comes with an ambitious potential value of over £6bn.

It supersedes a previous arrangement said to be worth £800m which signed up a panel of just 10 firms for England, Wales and Scotland.

Firms o the panel include big names like Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall, Kier and Willmott Dixon as well as Shaylor and Olgivie.

The new framework will include around five workstreams by project value and has been broken down into small regional lots for lower value work and England, London and Wales for projects over £10m.

source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/12/13/6bn-public-works-framework-out-for-bid/


JCT STANDARD CONTRACT NOW REFERENCES BIM PROTOCOL

2016-12-13 | Administrator | BIM

The Joint Contracts Tribunal (the JCT) has now updated its standard building contract. Wright Hassall legal director Stuart Thwaites picks out key changes.

Articles

There are no major changes. The CDM coordinator has been changed to the “Principal Designer” to reflect the CDM regulations from 2015.

The reference to the Site Waste Management Plans Regulations has been deleted from Article 6 as those regulations were revoked in 2013. 

Article 8 now has the updated version of the Construction Industry Model Arbitration Rules.

Contract particulars

There is now reference to a performance bond and parent company guarantee to be provided by the contractor.

One significant change, which is addressed further below, is the introduction of the concept of “Interim Valuation Dates”.

There is now reference to the BIM Protocol, and to reflect the growing use of third party rights, there is now greater scope for the granting of these rights instead of collateral warranties.

source and read more: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/management/jct-stan4dard-cont5ract-refe7rences-bim-protocol/


Accountants confirm £300bn Tory construction plan

2016-12-09 | Matt Samways | BIM

Analysts at KPMG have confirmed Government plans to spend more than £300bn on construction and infrastructure during the term of this Parliament to 2020.

The accountants have been scrutinising the latest public pipeline spending announcements and discovered a £38.9bn jump in plans since March.

They also revealed that 60% of the £502.3bn in pipeline value is predicted to be spent within the term of this Parliament.

The report National Infrastructure and Construction Pipeline – KPMG Analysis, reflects a total allocated value of £502.3bn, from £463.4bn in March 2016.

source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/12/08/accountants-confirm-300bn-tory-construction-plan/


coBuilder reaffirming a strong foothold in the Nordic region

2016-12-08 | Matt Samways | BIM

coBuilder is further strengthening its presence in the Nordic region by entering the construction market in Finland as of January 2017

In order to better meet the massively increasing interest towards coBuilder’s tools and services, coBuilder announced the establishment of a Helsinki-based sales and marketing support entity in Finland.

With two new markets entered and three prestigious awards won, as well as important strategic partnerships with industry giants such as SkanskaKnauf Insulation and Wienerberger signed off, all within a year, coBuilder’s successful endeavours are now to be directed towards another important Nordic market – Finland.

source and read more: http://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/cobuilder-strong-foothold-nordic-region/29103


BIM AROUND THE WORLD

2016-12-05 | Administrator | BIM

CONSTRUCTION 4.0 IN PORTUGAL


European alignment around BIM and construction 4.0 is extremely important, says António Aguiar Costa, assistant professor at the University of Lisbon and chair of the Portuguese technical committee for BIM standardisation.

BIM is changing the Portuguese construction industry’s mentality. Obviously, we can say that our current BIM maturity level is not as advanced as we wanted, but existing BIM knowledge is growing fast and, step by step, changing the industry’s perspective. The vision is now definitely digital, collaborative and sustainable. Simple is better but, above all, intelligence is better.

source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/con2st6ruction-40-portu5gal/


Heathrow names seven firms for airport design

2016-12-02 | Administrator | BIM

Seven firms have been contracted by Heathrow to design plans for the airport’s sustainable expansion.

The group – Amec Foster Wheeler, Arup, Atkins, Grimshaw, Mott MacDonald, Jacobs and Quod – will now be known as the Integrated Design Team.

The seven teams have each been awarded 4-year term contracts.

The appointment of the IDT follows the announcement of the partners in the Programme Client Team in March. These included: Arup, CH2M, MACE and Turner & Townsend.

Barry Weekes, Head of Design at Heathrow, said: “With their institutional knowledge of Heathrow, and proven record in building complex infrastructure projects, the members of the Integrated Design Team will allow us to hit the ground running to deliver Heathrow expansion.

“Their appointment is a significant milestone in what will be a fast paced design and engineering schedule. We are now well on our way to delivering Britain’s new runway, providing the additional capacity our country needs to maintain its place in the world as a prosperous, outward looking trading nation.”

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/12/01/heathrow-names-seven-firms-for-airport-design/


O’Rourke calls for construction GCSEs and A-levels

2016-11-29 | Administrator | BIM

Laing O’Rourke is calling for the introduction of construction GCSEs and A-levels in a bid to solve the industry’s skills crisis.
The suggestion is part of a ten-point plan put forward by the contractor in a report launched today.

O’Rourke wants to see the introduction of GCSEs and A-levels in Design, Engineer and Construct (DEC).

Schoolchildren can currently learn DEC as part of the curriculum but the existing qualifications are not recognised by many universities.

And only 42 schools out of a possible 3,401 state-funded secondary schools in England offer the DEC curriculum.

O’Rourke said: “The government has the opportunity to work with the industry to create GCSEs and A-levels in DEC and incentivise schools and colleges to offer them to pupils and students.

Source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/28/laing-orourke-calls-for-construction-gcses-and-a-levels/


Go-ahead to build £252m Avonmouth waste plant

2016-11-28 | Administrator | BIM

Waste specialist Viridor has got the financial green light to spend £252m of a major energy from waste scheme in Avonmouth.


The flagship energy facility will boost the recovery options available to local authorities and business by transforming 320,000 tonnes of non-recyclable residual waste annually into renewable energy.

With procurement of engineering, design and construction partners in advanced stages, construction is due to start in early 2017.

Once operational in 2020, the facility will generate 33MW of energy, supplying the National Grid with enough electricity to power over 30,000 homes.

Phil Piddington, Managing Director of Viridor said: “The announcement of the go-ahead to invest £252m in a new energy from waste plant is great news for the UK waste sector and for energy resilience.  It is an integral part of our £1.5bn UK investment programme which adds to the 1.5% contribution energy from waste makes to UK power generation.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/28/go-ahead-to-build-252m-avonmouth-waste-plant/


Steelwork contractor Severfield lifts margins to 7%

2016-11-24 | Administrator | BIM

Britain’s biggest steelwork contractor has restored margins to 7% after streamlining production and tightening up on contract management.

This morning chief executive Ian Lawson revealed pre-tax profit in the first half had jumped to £7.4m from £3.1m in the same period in 2015 from stable turnover of £118m.

Lawson said the steelwork contractor was on course to exceed management expectations for the full-year as orders and performance improved.

Severfield said it planned to spend a further £2m developing  its bridge fabrication facilities over the coming year to capture the forecast uplift in Government infrastructure spending.

He said: “Margins are significantly up, our order book has continued to rise to a six year high while our pipeline remains steady.

“In combination with the strong cash generation in the first half, this has given us the confidence to increase the interim dividend by 40% and we expect profit growth for the full year to be comfortably ahead of expectations.”

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/22/steelwork-contractor-severfield-lifts-margin-to-7/


O’Brien lands civils package on £126m site

2016-11-23 | Administrator | BIM

O’Brien Contractors has secured a second contract with Readie Construction at Bericote Properties’ Four Ashes Park scheme in Wolverhampton.

The new £126.3m 50,000 square metre manufacturing facility is being developed for auto parts giant Gestamp.

Readie Construction has appointed O’Brien for the installation of three 6m deep factory pits, capping beam, office floor slab, associated internal and external drainage, service trenches and external works.

Peter O’Brien, Managing Director, O’Brien Contractors, said: “We are very pleased to have been awarded another subcontract by Readie Construction.

“We have an excellent track record of delivering civil engineering services across the Midlands and as with all our schemes, our team will approach the project in a flexible manner, offering cost and efficiency savings to ensure we deliver the best results for our client.”

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/22/obrien-lands-civils-package-on-126m-site/


TREBILCOCK DEPARTS BALFOUR BEATTY IN BIM SHAKE-UP

2016-11-22 | Administrator | BIM

Balfour Beatty has disbanded its BIM Centre of Excellence and is handing over responsibility for BIM development and spending to individual business units.

It is understood that the head of the BIM Centre of Excellence, Peter Trebilcock, has been made redundant. Others in the eight-strong group have been given roles in the operating divisions.

Trebilcock, a leading figure in a number of BIM steering organisations, became director of BIM for Balfour Beatty Construction Services in 2013 and has been responsible for the implementation and development of BIM across CSUK and the leader of the BIM Centre of Excellence team.

Prior to that he was director of design across the group having held the same position in the northern division, where he spearheaded the use of BIM.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/trebi5lcock-depart6s-balf9our-bim-shake-/


THE FORGOTTEN FIFTH DIMENSION HOLDS THE KEY TO BIM’S FUTURE

2016-11-21 | Administrator | BIM

Jason Ruddle of Elecosoft explains the critical role 5D planning will play in achieving BIM goals and improving construction project margins.

In all the discussion about BIM and the inexorable march towards digital construction, 5D BIM is an acronym that often slips by, almost unnoticed. This is, perhaps, unsurprising since the concerns of policy-drivers is firmly on the future economic benefits, while construction leaders remain focused on BIM business-readiness.

Most are yet to fully realise the savings and margin benefits that BIM can deliver. As the recent Farmer Report highlighted: the industry needs to embrace improvements and modernise fast, to drive efficiency and improve margins that lie far below ideal levels.

The question of how to better manage cost is very much front-of-mind. 5D planning, which brings in the element of cost, is part of the answer. At present 5D seems to be a poor relative of 3D within the debate.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/forgotten-fi7fth-dime7nsion-hold6s-key-bims-future/


B&K to build second mega warehouse at Markham Vale

2016-11-18 | Administrator | Industry

Bowmer & Kirkland has been confirmed as main contractor on a second distribution and logistics centre for Great Bear at Markham Vale in Chesterfield.

B&K completed the first warehouse for the distribution giant this summer under a £16.2m contract on the site at J29A of the M1.

Building work on the new 479,285 sq ft centre will start in January under a six-month construction programme overseen by Henry Boot Developments.

Great Bear operates in 30 locations nationwide providing warehousing and distribution for clients such as PZ Cussons, BMW, Unilever, Mars and Mondelez.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/18/bk-to-build-second-mega-warehouse-at-markham-vale/


How BIM collaboration in the early design stages should be addressed

2016-11-16 | Matt Samways | BIM

How to implement BIM collaboration between the professions in the early design stages of a project is described by Carl Collins, Digital Engineering Consultant and an affiliate member of the Landscape Institute

The first stage of BIM collaboration on any project should always be for the team to agree a strategic definition. Interactions during this first stage will be confined to the top table of lead designer, which may or may not be the landscape architect, the client and the cost consultant.

The purpose of this stage is to ascertain the business case for a piece of construction work, to understand what the performance objectives should be and to have a rough understanding of the magnitude of costs for the project.

source: http://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/bim-collaboration-early-design-stages-addressed/28692


BENTLEY AND SIEMENS AGREE STRATEGIC ALLIANCE TO LEVERAGE IOT

2016-11-15 | Administrator | BIM

Software developer Bentley Systems and electronics giant Siemens have announced a strategic alliance agreement to drive new business value by accelerating digitalisation.

The companies will initially invest at least £43m in developing joint solutions to enlarge their respective offerings for infrastructure. The work aims to leverage new cloud services for a connected data environment to converge respective digital engineering models from both companies.

Siemens and Bentley Systems have a track record of complementing their respective portfolios through the licensing of each other’s technology. For example, Bentley’s reality modelling software has been integrated into Siemens’ Process Simulate to leverage laser-scanned point clouds in modelling the existing context of brownfield industrial environments.

The new investment initiatives will involve virtually all Siemens divisions. The major benefit will be accumulating intelligence from Siemens solutions throughout Bentley’s complementary applications for design modelling, analytical modelling, construction modelling and asset performance modelling.

source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/bentley-and-sie7mens-agree-stra4tegic-allian5ce/


White collar skills crisis stops contractors from bidding

2016-11-14 | Matt Samways | BIM


Skills shortages in construction offices are stopping a quarter of contractors bidding for jobs.
The latest State of Trade survey from Build UK highlights how a lack of white collar staff is holding back construction companies.

Labour shortages prevented 25% of contractors from bidding for work during the third quarter of 2016 – up from 16% in the previous quarter.

The cost of labour is also rising with 60% reporting an increase compared to a year ago.

The survey shows the most difficult jobs for contractors to fill are professional/technical staff and supervisors, brick layers and carpenters.

The main reasons stated for difficultly in filling vacancies include a lack of required skills (47%), a low number of applicants with the required experience (44%) and a lack of qualifications (27%).


How are we writing specifications in a BIM world?

2016-11-11 | Administrator | BIM

NBS has launched its latest survey to understand how the industry is changing the way it’s writing specifications as it continues to adopt digital ways of working.

Its fourth survey on this topic, Newcastle-based NBS is inviting construction professionals to inform the industry about the changing needs in how it is writing specifications and help NBS improve the tools and resources it provides.

“For a long time, specifications have been hastily written late in the design stage, and printed and passed on as static documents,” said NBS Chief Executive Richard Waterhouse.

“BIM is rapidly becoming the industry standard for developing, delivering and maintaining project documentation. As construction professionals continue to adopt these new digital ways of working, we need to understand how people are producing specifications and selecting products, how they do it and what tools or resources they use.”

The survey is now live and will close on Sunday 4 December.

source: http://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/writing-specifications-bim-world/28546


HS2 to hold industry day for station projects

2016-11-10 | Administrator | BIM

HS2 is preparing to hold a market engagement day for contractors ahead of inviting bids for four major stations on the first phase of the project.

Phase one design and construction packages are due to be invited in March for major stations at Euston and Birmingham Curzon Street.

There will also be interchange stations at Old Oak Common and Birmingham International.


The event will be held on 7 December to raise market awareness of the potential opportunities associated with the forthcoming stations procurement.

source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/09/hs2-to-hold-industry-day-for-station-projects/


Yorkshire firm bags 1,000-module Hinkley site office job

2016-11-09 | Tech | BIM

East Yorkshire off-site specialist Premier Modular has confirmed an order for 1,000 site office modules for the Hinkley Point C construction project.

The order is the biggest placed for modular offices and site welfare facilities in the UK and will take just 16 months to manufacture.

All the management and technical personnel will be housed in the 400,000 sq ft site office complex during the construction stage of the nuclear power plant .

Part of the buildings will then be converted after the construction cycle to remain as high quality offices for the permanent site.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/08/yorkshire-firm-bags-1000-module-hinkley-site-office-job/


Plans in for major London White City office complex

2016-11-08 | Administrator | BIM

Plans have been submitted for more than 1m sq ft of offices on the BBC Media Village site in west London

Developers Stanhope and Mitsui Fudosan plan to build three office blocks at White City Place on the 17-acre vacant, adjacent to the Imperial College campus.

The landmark office complex plan marks the third phase of development at White City and include a major stepped block known as Gateway East rising to 21 storeys.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/11/08/plans-in-for-major-london-white-city-office-complex/


British Land submits £300m Meadowhall extension plan

2016-11-07 | Administrator | BIM

British Land has submitted detailed plans for a major £300m extension to its Meadowhall shopping centre in Sheffield.

Comprising 330,000 sq ft of space, the new leisure hall will be covered with a striking undulating glazed roof structure.

This will allow the developer to increase the entertainment and dining offerings to the shopping centre as it seeks to become an experience-led destination.

British Land said the expansion plan would also include a cinema to replace the existing one, a gym, and flexible leisure space which could be turned into an indoor golf or ten-pin bowling sites.

The extension is the next phase of Meadowhall’s evolution and will follow a £60m refurbishment which is underway and due to complete at the end of 2017.

Sheffield City Council is expected to make a decision on planning in spring 2017.


COULD SPRAY-PAINTING ROBOT MAKE PAINTERS REDUNDANT?

2016-11-03 | Administrator | BIM

A robot has been developed in Singapore that can spray-paint the interiors of industrial buildings faster than humans, operating around the clock, even in complete darkness.

Called PictoBot, the machine can paint a high interior wall 25% faster than a crew of two painters.

It was developed by a local university and the government to address safety and productivity issues, plus the manpower and resource constraints faced in the city state.

“Painting large industrial spaces is repetitive, labour intensive and time-consuming. PictoBot can paint while a supervisor focuses on operating it,” said principal investigator Prof Chen I-Ming, director of the Robotic Research Centre at Nanyang Technological University (NTU).

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/technology/could-spray-painti7ng-robot-pain8ters-redu9ndant/


Construction to dodge post-Brexit vote recession

2016-11-01 | Administrator | BIM

Faltering commercial workloads will be offset by strong growth in infrastructure and school spending over the next two years, according to the latest major industry forecast.

Economists at the Construction Products Association said the industry will avoid a post-Brexit vote recession with slow growth of 0.2% and 0.3% this year and next.

The latest forecast is a sharp revision to the 3.6% predicted for 2017 and 2018 before the EU referendum.

While commercial office building is expected to be worst hit, strong growth is expected in infrastructure and education as the Government pulls the levers to keep the economy running.

Noble Francis, economics director at the CPA, said:  “Surveys across the industry highlight that activity in the construction sector has been sustained post-referendum, primarily based upon work on projects that were signed in the 12-18 months before the referendum. 

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/31/construction-to-dodge-post-brexit-vote-recession/


HOW CONSTRUCTION TECHNOLOGY CAN PLAY STARRING ROLE IN TV AND FILM

2016-10-27 | Matt Samways | BIM

Lee Mullin, construction technical specialist at Autodesk, explains how technology familiar to many construction managers is maintaining the accuracy of TV and blockbuster film sets.

Earlier this month we learned that one our beloved soaps, EastEnders, has announced that it is looking for a contractor to rebuild its 30-year old Albert Square set to bring it into the 21st century.

The big challenge will be making sure the new set is not only long-lasting enough to reach and go beyond the soap’s 50th anniversary in 2035, but that it also remains true to the original design. In an industry where cameras now pick up the smallest mistakes, the makers will need to ensure they capture and maintain the details that millions of viewers know so well.   

Modern techniques of capturing reality through laser scanning and 3D printing are already used across the sets of other TV programmes and even films to help with maintaining continuity, as well as providing digital sets for special effects companies. And the makers of EastEnders can harness these too.

source and read more


£1.4bn Brent Cross shopping mall expansion unveiled

2016-10-25 | Administrator | BIM

Hammerson and Standard Life have revealed plans for the £1.4bn redevelopment of London’s first major shopping centre.

The Brent Cross shopping centre in North London is set to double in size providing space for over 200 extra retail brands, 40 new restaurants, a cinema complex and hotel accommodation.

The modernisation plan, which is expected to provide 5,000 construction jobs, has been revealed for public consultation ahead of a detailed planning application being submitted next spring.

Under the current plan enabling works will begin in 2017, allowing for a 2018 start on site for expected completion in 2021/2022.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/25/1-4bn-brent-cross-mall-overhaul-unveiled/


Costain tops best-paid Network Rail supplier rankings

2016-10-19 | Administrator | Industry

Costain has come out as the most-used contractor by Network Rail after being paid a total of £377m over the 2015/16 financial year.
The contractor jumped six places to the top of the 20 best paid suppliers rankings after Network Rail raised its spending by 75% with the contractor compared with previously.

This as driven by Costain’s London Bridge and Reading station upgrades, with in now waiting in the wings for the big Gatwick Airport station revamp.

The increase spend knocked last year’s most used contractor Carillion into second place although spending with the firm only slipped 2.5%.

Together the two contractors now capture almost 10% of total spending by Network Rail on its improvements programme.

read more and source: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/19/costain-tops-best-paid-network-rail-supplier-rankings/


WHO SAID THAT INDUSTRIAL REVOLUTIONS ARE A THING OF THE PAST?

2016-10-17 | Administrator | BIM


The fourth industrial revolution is upon us. With the flashy phrase “Industry 4.0” gaining popularity over the web, coBuilder’s Lars Christian Fredenlund explains the origins of the concept and how it will reshape (construction) manufacturing as we know it.

Industry 4.0 is defined as the process of digitisation of all physical assets and their complete integration into а digital environment. The concept was introduced in 2011 by the German Engineering Federation and was conceived as a measure towards achieving significant increase in both asset turnover and profit.

In the light of today’s political, economic and environmental status quo, it represents a real revolution incorporating customers at the centre of all changes, high digitisation of horizontal and vertical value-chain processes and the rise of the digital IQ.

source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/who-sa3id-industr5ial-revo6lutions-are-thing-past/


Laing O’Rourke has completed the £160m Cancer Centre at Guy’s hospital.

2016-10-14 | Matt Samways | BIM

Dealing with planning issues surrounding a Roman boat, complex site logistics due to the close proximity of neighbouring Guy’s Hospital and the issue of utilising space, the contractor finished construction and the Cancer Centre opened on Monday.

Laing O’Rourke design leader Paulo Vicente explained the complications in delivery and Construction News reporter Lucy Alderson took a look round the site.

read more and source: https://www.constructionnews.co.uk/projects/video/watch-laing-orourke-finishes-work-at-guys-cancer-centre/10012260.article?blocktitle=Video-highlights&contentID=14654


UK BIM Alliance – moving forward with The Survey Association

2016-10-13 | Administrator | BIM

Martin Penney, Director at Technics Group, BIM Liaison for The Survey Association, Acting Chair for Survey4BIM Committee and Member of the UK BIM Alliance Transition Team, outlines how the organisations are working together for the development of BIM in the UK…

Under the Digital Built Britain initiative, the government’s BIM Task Group is moving on to Level 3 development. This means that from October 2016 the UK BIM Alliance will take up the mantle and stewardship of Level 2 leadership. This will provide the umbrella network and support for the BIM4 Communities, Regions and aligned industry organisations to achieve the widespread adoption and implementation of BIM Level 2 by 2020 – with “business as usual”.

As a result, the wider industry will realise the true benefits of BIM – with reduced costs and waste and increased productivity and competitiveness.¹

The UK BIM Alliance will support the communities by coordinating collateral and knowledge. At the same time, the communities will continue to support industry in the digital transformation of the built environment sector.

source and read more: http://www.pbctoday.co.uk/news/bim-news/uk-bim-alliance-moving-forward-survey-association/27819


Record two thirds of projects completed on budget

2016-10-12 | Administrator | BIM

A record number of construction projects were completed on time last year, according to the latest construction report using KPI measures.
Levels of client satisfaction with contractors on their finished projects was also up halting a three-year decline according to the 2016 UK Performance Report.

Research group Glenigan surveyed over a 1,000 key people on projects completed in 2015 and revealed a broadly positive picture for construction with most key indicators on the rise.

During a period of slowing but steady growth predictability of projects improved overall, but costing forecasts fared better than build time predictions.

Sixty four per cent of projects came in on budget, beating 2014’s 56% figure and  topping the previous survey high of 59% in 2011. But only four in 10 projects came in on time.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/11/record-two-thirds-of-projects-completed-on-budget/


TfL starts £1bn London Silvertown Tunnel bid race

2016-10-11 | Administrator | BIM

Transport for London has started the hunt for at least three bidders for its £1bn Silvertown road tunnel project in East London.

The river crossing will be constructed as a twin-bore road tunnel just east of the existing Blackwall Tunnel with connections to the A1020 Silvertown Way at the north and to the A102 Blackwall Tunnel Approach at the south.

Under the present delivery plan user charging will be applied to manage congestion and help fund the scheme.

Construction is expected to start in 2018/19 for completion in 2022/23.


TfL will award the project as a design, build, finance and maintenance deal in east London, with four and half years of construction before a 25-year operational phase.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/10/tfl-starts-1bn-london-silvertown-tunnel-bid-race/


BIM Consultancy

2016-10-10 | Matt Samways | BIM

Our BIM consultancy is geared to help you adapt to new processes and procedures becoming apparent in the construction industry. These new processes affect all disciplines throughout the life-cycle of a construction project across all industry sectors. Rather than creating a broad brush of assistance on offer, we have carefully broken down our consultancy offering into the following categories:

read more: http://aimis.co.uk/services-detail.php?servicesID=1


ROBOT BUILT OFFICES "NOT THAT FAR OFF"

2016-10-07 | Administrator | BIM

The replacement of human construction workers by robots is just around the corner, according to the head of one of the UK’s largest developers.

Alison Carnwath, the chair of Land Securities, told the Institute of Directors last week that the industry was on the cusp of a technological revolution brought by advances in technologies such as robotics, unmanned vehicles and additive printing, as well as more general industrial control systems.

“Five years ago, I’d have smiled wryly if somebody had said to me that robots would be able to put up buildings in the City of London,” she said, reported newspaper The Daily Telegraph. “I tell you we’re not that far off, and that has huge implications.”

The benefits of this revolution would not be shared equally, however. She added: “Businesses are focusing on productivity, they want to re-engineer how their people can work, they recognise that technology is upon us and is going to destroy thousands of jobs.”

source and read more : http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/robots-will-build-london-offices-sooner-you-think-/


Manchester Uni rebids £240m Fallowfield student village

2016-10-06 | Tech | BIM

The University of Manchester has gone back to the market to rebid its major Fallowfield student hall project.
The vast Fallowfield student village at Owens Park is one of the University’s largest planned projects in its 10-year building programme.

The first phase of the scheme was due to have started already, but procurement chiefs were forced back to the drawing board after the University’s three framework contractors submitted tenders substantially in excess of the budget.

At the time the project to build 3,000 student room was estimated at around £140m-£170m. Since then the scope and phasing has been changed.


In the latest prequalification notice for contractors, the project has been given an estimated cost band of £65m to £245m, depending on whether one phase or all three phased are awarded.


Building firms revealed for £430m London Tube upgrade

2016-10-05 | Administrator | BIM

Tube bosses decided to cut-out main contractors altogether to work directly with specialist subcontractors on the £430m stations upgrade last year.

London Underground’s in-house Station Works and Improvement Programme team now acts as an internal principal contractor in the hope that working directly with the trade contractors using three consultants to oversee work on the 70-station improvement programme will cut costs by 25%.

Large building project work worth over £2m will be subcontracted out to just seven firms, with 46 other tier 2 and tier 3 contractors prequalified for smaller packages on the SWIP building framework.

source and read more: http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/10/03/building-firms-revealed-for-430m-london-tube-upgrade/


Government unveils £5bn boost to speed up house building

2016-10-04 | Administrator | BIM

Under the latest plan to galvanise the house building industry, ministers will set aside £2bn of new public borrowing to fund an Accelerated Construction Scheme to make public land with planning permission available to builders.

A further £3bn home building fund using previously-announced cash will provide loans to stimulate new building projects where finances are tight.

Builders will be encouraged through these funding pots to use more modern building techniques in the hope of delivering homes twice as quickly.

Also new rules will be introduced to make it easier for developers to demolish offices and replace them with residential housing on a like-for-like basis.


Local planning authorities will be able to grant permission in principle on sites identified in new brownfield registers, to take the risk out of developing a potential 140,000 homes a year.

source and read more


Time to reward construction’s top teams

2016-10-02 | Administrator | BIM

Only a few tables are left for the Construction Enquirer Awards in Birmingham next month.
Top Ten winners will be picking up their trophies at a glittering evening hosted by comedian Russell Kane and Channel Four’s architecture expert George Clarke.

More than 11,000 people voted for their industry favourites in the inaugural Enquirer awards.

And now is the time for winning firms to reward the staff and suppliers who voted them in to the Top Ten slots.

Enquirer editor Aaron Morby said: “These awards are setting the standard in construction because they are the result of thousands of votes by industry people

source and read more - http://www.constructionenquirer.com/2016/09/28/time-to-reward-constructions-best-employers/


The top 3 Lean principles in developing BIM software

2016-10-01 | Administrator | BIM

The top 3 Lean principles in developing BIM software are outlined by coBuilder Marketing…

 

The term ‘Lean’ comes from Lean Manufacturing and is a set of principles for achieving quality, speed & customer alignment. BIM is a system of digitalisation processes in the construction industry, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models with intelligently structured data attached to them. So how do we unite the two concepts when it comes to BIM data software?

source and read more : http://planningandbuildingcontroltoday.co.uk/bim/top-3-lean-principles-developing-bim-software/25959/


BIM4Heritage – BIM for the future

2016-09-30 | Administrator | BIM

BIM4Heritage is a special interest group established within the BIM4Communities to champion Building Information Modelling (BIM) within the historic environment. Edonis Jesus, Chair of the Group and BIM Manager, Consulting – Europe at Lendlease outlines the Group’s aims…

source and read more: http://planningandbuildingcontroltoday.co.uk/bim/bim4heritage-bim-future/25938/


Green light for next King’s Cross offices phase

2016-09-27 | Administrator | BIM

Plans for the last remaining two office buildings within Zone T on the King’s Cross regeneration scheme have been granted planning.

Both mixed-use buildings are designed by Bennetts Associates and will combine office space with ground floor shops, fronting onto a new street called Canal Reach.

Buildings T2 and T3 on the northern section of the site will be named 11 and 21 Canal Reach and will rise to 12 and 10 storeys and bring an extra 500,000 sq ft of commercial space to the T Zone.

Developer Argent will reveal the construction timetable shortly with completion slated for early 2019.


New research center is dedicated to engineering cells into living machines

2016-09-27 | Matt Samways | BIM

The Golden State will soon house its own “blue-sky” bioengineering center thanks to a healthy grant from the National Science Foundation. Based at the University of California, San Francisco, the $24 million Center for Cellular Construction will be used to study and promote cellular engineering, a young discipline that aims create living machines by manipulating nature.

To design these machines, researchers first have to comprehend the complexity of cells and uncover the mechanisms behind self-organization. Although cars, computers, and skyscrapers don’t assemble themselves, cells in fact do. If researchers can unlock the mechanisms behind self-assembly and modify them for specific functions, they may be able to develop sophisticated, living machines — ranging from environmentally responsive plants to intelligent medicines.



Read more: http://www.digitaltrends.com/health-fitness/center-for-cellular-construction/#ixzz4LU6Y2sfC 


IT’S NOT TOO LATE TO ADOPT BIM… BUT IT ALMOST IS

2016-09-26 | Matt Samways | BIM

In the second of three articles on the industry’s BIM journey, John Adams, head of BIM services at BIM Strategy, warns that time is running out to get on the BIM wagon.

Avoiding BIM is no longer an option, but joining the party now can seem pretty daunting with so much information out there. Trying to learn a few basics can quite easily lead you into reading articles about computational design platforms or the nuances of status codes, so it can be difficult to know where to start.

In fact, it’s a great time to get going with BIM. In its report for the Scottish Futures Trust, dotBE highlights the welcome news that because there are now working implementations of the processes to learn from, the adoption process can be less painful than perhaps it was a year or two ago.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/people/its-not-too-late-ado5pt-b4im-it-almo8st/


A lesson in incorporating BIM — what you can do too

2016-09-26 | Matt Samways | BIM

John Evans, BIM Manager at Lawray Architects discusses the firm’s journey of incorporating BIM into day-to-day operations and the benefits it has created…

Lawray Architects began BIM in 2012. Since then we have undergone substantial change management at all levels, whilst continuing to deliver high-quality projects for our clients. Here are some of the things we have done:

We fully integrate BIM with the 1192 series of British Standards. These form the foundation for all our BIM working methodologies and structures. In parallel with 1192 are the RIBA Plan of Work, CIC BIM Protocol, AEC (UK) BIM Protocol, AIA Levels of Definition and Levels of Detail, Uniclass, IFC and COBie deliverables, all wrapped up in a 1192 Common Data Environment (CDE) standard folder structure and file naming convention. BIM is included in our ISO9001 QA accreditation processes and procedures. Alongside these we integrate ISO14001, ISO27001 and 1192 part 5 data security.

read more and source: http://planningandbuildingcontroltoday.co.uk/bim/lesson-incorporating-bim-can/25846/


UK lead in making BIM compulsory

2016-09-21 | Matt Samways | BIM

The use of BIM is likely to become compulsory on all construction projects commissioned by the Russian government from 2019.
An announcement made by Mikhail Menn, head of the construction, housing and utilities ministry, during the ProEstate Forum for international property companies in Moscow, was reported in a Russian construction magazine last week.
Menn was reported as saying that the Russian government had been influenced by the “interesting” British experience in the field of BIM technologies implementation.

read more and source: http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/russia-follows-uk-lea5d-4m8aking-bim-compulsory/


Holo Lens

2016-08-18 | Administrator | BIM

https://www.technologyreview.com/s/602124/augmented-reality-could-speed-up-construction-projects/


BIM Procurement Research

2016-08-16 | Matt Samways | BIM

http://www.bimplus.co.uk/news/ki8ngs-colle4ge-rele5ases-bim-procurement-research/


UK BIM Alliance

2016-08-04 | Matt Samways | BIM

http://planningandbuildingcontroltoday.co.uk/bim/uk-bim-alliance-time/25225/


New Contract Signed

2016-08-02 | Matt Samways | Consultancy

AIMIS Solutions is delighted to confirm a 5 month contract to assist in developing a BIM delivery strategy for a
           Tier 1 Contractor in London


COBie in the BIM Dictionary

2016-08-02 | Matt Samways | BIM

http://bimdictionary.com/cobie/


Robotic Brick Laying

2016-08-01 | Administrator | BIM

http://www.ukconstructionmedia.co.uk/news/robotic-hadrian-x-can-build-a-house-in-just-two-days/