Garry Fannon

Head of BIM

Garry is championing our approach to BIM as we strive to use this exciting technology to improve how our project teams deliver better efficiency for clients.

It is well documented that the Government wants its projects to adopt BIM level 2 by 2016, and Garry is ensuing we remain one of the sector's biggest users of this exciting technology.

Garry says:

What are Willmott Dixon’s key BIM objectives over the next five years?

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 and capable.

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 1 July. 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. This year we want 100% of projects delivering BIM Level 1; moving into 2016 it will be 50% Level 1, 50% Level 2; and by 2017 it will 90% Level 2 and 10% Level 1.

Outside of Scape, as the government work comes through we will be guided by what public clients want. Committing now in the Scape framework exposes our wider businesses, staff and supply chain to what’s required a lot earlier.

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. We are now waiting to see what trends emerge.

Why is BIM important?

"BIM is The Future in Building! As a collaborative way of working, it underpins digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets. The efficiencies it delivers will improve our profitability and reduce risk."

Read more in Garry's interview here