Encouraging the spread and adoption of building information modelling (BIM) is an official UK Government policy. The aim is to reduce capital costs and the carbon burden in the built environment using innovative technology. In practical terms this means integrating BIM into current building regulations in order to create, what the Government refers to as, Digital Built Britain.
Carrying On Collaboration
BIM is about practicality and integrating software solutions into the whole process of construction, from design through to project completion.
“Traditionally there’s been a gap between what the architect comes up with in 3D modelling, and what the on-site project manager experiences,” explains Martin Deignan of ACS Construction Group in Cheadle Hulme. “BIM offers a collaborative solution.”
ACS Construction Group has adopted innovative Sitedesk BIM software, originally conceived and developed by entrepreneurs Paul Grady and Daniel Doohan.
“What Sitedesk provides is total visibility and clarity,” Martin points out. “With the growth in use of tablets on construction sites as the ideal digital device, BIM software enables the complete portability of data.”
This also closes up any communications gaps in terms of how up to date building plans and designs are. Essentially, people working across a number of sites can have access to the same information and interact accordingly.
Beyond Construction: Extending BIM’s Reach
Software as a service opens up possibilities. In terms of BIM, it can extend beyond its initial areas of interest.
“What we’re finding with Sitedesk is that it also connects facilities management and asset management teams with a particular project. In essence, this means it has a very practical post-construction contribution to make”
Martin Deignan, ACS Construction Group
Martin sees Sitedesk’s application as having real visionary qualities for the property sector. It enables the seamless, accurate transfer of design, planning and construction data between the various parties that depend on it. At the end of the process, when a building is finally occupied, the same data can be used to ensure that the infrastructure is properly maintained.
The value of this innovative software is not lost on Rob Taylor, Relationship Director at RBS (Future Williams & Glyn), who has worked closely with Martin and ACS Construction Group.
“We’re enormously fortunate to be able to play a part in innovative businesses like ACS Construction Group. We feel privileged to share in these successes by helping to make them become a reality”
Rob Taylor, RBS (Future Williams & Glyn)
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