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Blog: Digital Construction SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - KSS

01 June 2020

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Digital Construction SECBE Awards 2020 finalist - KSS

KSS are 100 strong chartered architects, interior and graphic design practice, formed in 1991 and based in central London and Sevenoaks, Kent. They specialise in the design of major sports venues and training facilities, educational projects and residential developments.

In 2019, they completed: 

  • the No.1 Court at Wimbledon
  • designed three hospitality spaces for Club Wembley 
  • designed the first pitch facing lounge for Southampton FC
  • transformed the London Stadium for the first Major League Baseball games on European soil
  • delivered Phase 2 of the Sport Ireland National Indoor Arena for the Irish Rugby Football Union (IRFU) ahead of the Rugby World Cup 2019

KSS transitioned to the use of BIM authoring software, Autodesk Revit, over 13 years ago. They consistently deliver projects to Level 2 on all projects. They deliver all projects in Revit, through an agreed collaboration with the principal design consultants set out in BIM Execution Plans, following the file naming and work-sharing processes as established in PAS1192 / ISO19650. 

They work closely with their clients to help them better understand and define their specific project requirements. For example, with No.1 Court at the All England Lawn Tennis Club, Wimbledon, they worked directly with the client, their BIM Consultant and the design team (including structures, MEP, civils and landscape) to develop a BEP in response to their EIRs. Requirements largely followed those established within the CPIx templates including software versions, file and layer naming protocols, model sharing and interference checking.

For best possible outcomes, KSS incorporate BIM protocols within the consultant appointment documents. This helps to ensure BIM deliverables, client’s requirements and the contractual schedule of services (as defined in appointments) are aligned per discipline and by Works Stage. This is of particular importance when defining and aligning the architectural and building services modelling and deliverables scope. 

On a recent project, KSS worked closely with the client and their legal team to understand aspirations and ensure the BEP and Model Responsibility Matrix were agreed by the stakeholders, achievable, aligned with appointments and included within contracts.

Tangible benefits, from inception to completion, should include, but are not limited to:

  • Speed of analysis of options
  • Transparency: all elements can be interrogated and reviewed, and clients do not need to rely solely on documents provided.
  • Visualisation of design, including construction interfaces, are better communicated by 3D model.
  • If all design team members are providing suitable BIM data, greater certainty is available to the client in terms of conflict/error resolution, cost and programme provision.
  • Reduction of errors in documentation – what is modelled is what is in the drawings. 
  • Potential reductions in construction costs and time on site as a greater depth of analysis are available pre-construction.
  • A better suite of linked documents and database available post-construction that allow for proactive building maintenance and improvement. In some instances, this can be linked to facilities management systems for direct control of day to day operation i.e. remote fire alarm monitoring, ChP oversight etc.
  • Saves money in design, construction and management phases.
  • Integrated database of design, procurement and construction documentation available to management teams

Highlights:

  • KSS were one of the first UK practices to realise the benefits of BIM.
  • KSS is ahead of the Government’s Construction Strategy targets for BIM level maturity on public sector project procurement.
  • KSS carries out continual assessment and improvement of internal work processes and company standards and maintains studio-based support and on-line training for all employees to help them keep abreast of current best practice.

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.

> Find out more about the other finalists here

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