3 Key Benefits of BIM on Cambridge Hospice Project
The Arthur Rank Hospice, currently under construction, will be a new 24-bed hospice in Cambridge, with day facilities and an education centre.
Although BIM was not a requirement, the project has been BIM enabled and its use has benefitted the project in three key ways. Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is a set of collaborative tools and processes mandated by the government for all building projects by 2016 to produce more predictable and improved project outcomes for all stakeholders.
Project Associate Architect Louise Knights and members of the project team give their thoughts on how BIM has improved the design and construction process;
One of the most valuable benefits of BIM is its ability to bring the design to life, before it has been built. Instead of taking drawings to public or end-user consultations, meetings with planners, fundraisers, design team meetings and when communicating to various other stakeholders, we used BIMX. BIMX is an interactive 3D model linked to the 2D documentation, and this was a really powerful way of communicating the vision and meant we were able to get buy-in from everybody involved.
Another really important benefit of using BIM on the project was that we were able to catch issues before they got to site. The use of clash detection software, Solibri, meant that clashes between any models could be identified, which prevents costly changes once the project is on site.
Daniel Sheldrake, Senior Design & BIM Manager at Barnes Construction commented “This is our first external BIM project and the use of Solibri has been a great help. The free viewer provides us as a main contractor with all that we need to work through the building such as walk through and sectioning. We are thankful to LSI for introducing us to the programme and giving us the time to teach us how to use it. We have explored the model to understand the intent of the M&E service routes throughout the building which has proved invaluable. We have also shared the model with our subcontractors to aid design workshops.”
Communication and collaboration are the keys to the success of any project, and the technology has greatly improved communication between all members of the project team. As is the case with many projects, value engineering has to take place and in some cases you can end up with something vastly different to what was intended because the vision of what was trying to be achieved hasn’t been communicated. This is a real strength of BIMX in that we were able to show a clear and full picture of the environment we were trying to achieve, so that the project team could fully understand why it was important to keep certain features – which means the end result will be exactly what we and the client had intended. We also see people on site referring to the Solibri model for clarification on certain areas, so it is a very intuitive way of working.
Matthew Ramplin, Project Manager at Barnes Construction said “Working with Solibri on this project has been a great advantage to both us as principle contractor and our sub-contractors, enabling key trades to view sections through the building to fully understand the construction sequencing and iron out any potential clashes is invaluable. Exploring the building model has also allowed changes in sequencing to our contact programme putting us on the front foot from the off.”
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