01 June 2020
sponsored by Clearbox
With a project as complex as Hanover, there was a concern that the project team would not be able to collaborate effectively. The client appointed WSP Digital Services to oversee the collaborative process between disciplines and ensure that the project was de-risked and data flowed through the project lifecycle. The project was complex to plan, coordinate, and execute. The team had to work around the various interfaces of existing buildings, retained facades and a large new building. All of this took place above an under-construction major infrastructure project, which had its own project schedule. Being in central London, the site is very constrained, making logistic planning of prime importance.
WSP implemented the collaborative issue tracking tool BIM Track, utilising the Open BIM BCF format, to centralise the coordination process and facilitate cross-team communication in real-time. The BCF format meant that more software packages could talk to each other, connecting all the stakeholders, regardless of native software. All designers, contractors, subcontractors and others used BIM Track as the coordination hub. This brought the design and package contractor teams together in a meta-data rich common environment and allowed them to work together on a central hub. Opening this technical process up to all team members highlighted various coordination and health and safety risks that would have otherwise gone unnoticed. This ‘social’ approach to collaboration allowed for more proactive behaviours from the project team, allowing them to work together to resolve issues, rather than focus on the needs of their own respective organisation.
Asset data requirements were determined at the outset of the project, with WSP putting together an FM tender package. These requirements set out definite and realistic expectations that all parties were aware of from the outset. The result of this forward planning was delivered in the form of high-quality data-rich models which could be integrated with the FM system, linking between the digital O&M manual and the 3D model seamlessly.
Time saved during the coordination process allowed WSP to create a custom web dashboard that read data from the web-based issue tracking platform as well as the project CDE. This added value by interrogating the data that was available to track trends and identify patterns or areas of weakness in order that they could be swiftly addressed before they became issues.
Reports and dashboards could be quickly manipulated by all users to display information pertinent to specific zones or stakeholders as well as to give an overview of the project. Keeping everyone fully informed in a jargon-free, highly visual manner was part of the success in delivering the Hanover project. The high-quality asset model linked to the FM system will leave a lasting digital legacy to complement the whole lifecycle of the project. WSP have delivered several internal webinars and news stories to share the success of this process,with adoption being increased across projects of all discipline and scale.
About the Digital Construction Award:
Digital Construction embraces BIM, GIS, Big Data and other evolving technological advancements. Technology has transformed the world we live in and has potential to revolutionise the construction industry. This category rewards organisations, projects or initiatives that have adopted, advanced and achieved excellence in Digital Construction.