University of Birmingham - School of Engineering
Creating a leading research facility for the University of Birmingham
We made a significant investment to ensure we have a network of BIM experts in every office who can advise and guide clients keen to embrace the visualisation technology at an early stage in the project cycle.
We are using BIM on lots of projects, including delivering £100 million of projects for Birmingham City University, the National Space Technology Centre in Oxford and three secondary schools in Liverpool creating nearly 5,000 places. We're currently using it to build a new home for the Met Office’s supercomputer in Exeter as well as national colleges for High Speed Rail in Birmingham and Doncaster.
One Central Square in Cardiff was built using BIM
Each customer has access to a dedicated BIM manager for a ‘soft take-off’ on projects as they opt to use a technology that delivers reduced risk on their project as well as more cost certainty and better multi-team collaboration during construction of their asset.
BIM allows design and construction teams to communicate about design and coordinate information across different levels that has been unseen before. This information remains with the project, from before beginning construction, right throughout its lifetime. It also helps to analyse any potential impacts. The use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including cost management, construction management, project management and facility operation.
We achieve the following efficiencies for clients :
Reduction in CAPEX, delivery, and operational costs
In May 2011, the UK Government published the Construction Strategy aimed at reducing the cost of public sector assets by up to 20% by 2016. To achieve this strategy, the government requires construction suppliers tendering for centrally-procured government projects to be working at BIM Level 2. As a minimum, they require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic). The requirement has been introduced to drive the adoption of BIM processes throughout the public and private sector. While this requirement was introduced initially for government projects, the benefits of utilizing BIM Level 2 processes and information management practices can also be realised by private sector clients and projects within the construction industry.
What are Willmott Dixon’s key BIM objectives?
Initially we wanted to focus on the softer side of BIM, rather than the technology side, and based on my discussions with senior employees about what they want out of BIM we set up a goal to embed a BIM process within the business to stimulate innovation, create efficiencies, improve profitability and ensure we are leading edge within construction. From there we established five key objectives that are now being embedded into the business: to develop BIM knowledge and knowhow; develop people skills to deliver BIM projects; create efficiencies in what we do; use BIM to improve the way we deliver; and make sure our business is BIM ready.
How is the Level 2 BIM mandate embedded into that process?
We have decided to take a march on the mandate with our major Scape framework, and committed to deliver BIM on 100% of projects from 2015. That really puts us in a position to make sure we are ahead of the mandate, especially as the framework covers three of our key businesses: construction, housing and interiors. We have some key targets associated with that. By 2017 it will 90% Level 2 and 10% Level 1.
Is BIM saving time or money on projects?
We have created a new software platform, called Mi Project, to measure all KPIs under Scape and give clients transparency on our contractual obligations. This month we updated it to capture and statistically measure BIM deliverables across all our BIM projects and non-BIM projects to compare their relative time, cost, reduced risk, cost certainty, quality and trends in reduced defects etc. We are now waiting to see what trends emerge.
Creating a leading research facility for the University of Birmingham
Delivering one of the largest investments in further education and skills in Manchester for more than 30 years
New flagship hub at heart of the University of Birmingham
Town House is a major new entrance for university
New multi-level site will provide community spaces and state-of-the-art sports facilities in Croydon
Key milestone shapes up biomedical research building in Warwick
Housing boost for Ashby-de-la-Zouch
Conversion of Grade II listed former Herman Miller factory into Bath School of Art and Design
Brand new leisure centre for Staffordshire
Major manufacturing facility for the flight industry close to Gatwick airport
Creating a striking new parkland for the University of Birmingham
Central hub for sports at The University of Warwick
Transforming Computer Science at Swansea University into a beacon for computing in Wales
Creating the first undergraduate School of Medicine in Essex
Striking building that incorporates specialist film production, photographic studios and animation suites
Creating a world-leading research centre in North London
A new gateway into Lincoln
Hub for 3,000 students featuring more than 650-rooms
Our fit-out specialist was appointed by London Metropolitan University to carry out the refit and refurbishment of its Calcutta House campus in Aldgate
Grammar Annexe for 450 11 to 16 year old pupils with a 180 student sixth form
Cat B fit-out of the new head office for the Department of Health at 39 Victoria Street
New model for student accommodation at Royal Holloway, University of London
College will help make UK world leaders in rail infrastructure
One of two colleges we are building to train thousands of HS2 engineers
Tech incubator and life sciences facility for Nottingham
New secondary school in Croydon with a focus on sport and science
New cutting-edge facilities for the University of Chichester
Housing the final part of Met Office's new supercomputer
New academy to meet demand for school places in Worthing
Britain’s first state secondary school to be based in a university
Creating the UK's largest space research and development facility
Iconic, zinc-clad university building, with BIM used for design and construction
Largest non-residential building to achieve coveted ultra low energy consumption Passivhaus standard
Flagship centre in the heart of Oldham
Hi-tech university building, delivered with detailed planning using BIM Level 2
Willmott Dixon's third Liverpool secondary school in as many years, built with local labour and suppliers
One of the UK's biggest retirement villages, providing nearly 500 homes for people over 55
Eco-friendly student centre with ground-source heat pumps, photovoltaics and green roof
Landmark university building in Birmingham city centre, housing the institute of art and design
Construction of a world class, acoustically excellent concert venue
New primary school built in just 37 weeks with standardised design
Four-star hotel built on a constrained site next to the M4 in west London
A new 650 capacity theatre in Shropshire
A place to house the most powerful electron microscopes in the world