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ICE BIM 2016 – Part 2

 

In addition to the opening proceedings captured in part 1, delegates could now choose from the three seperately themed topics that were split into the folowing categories of Road, Rail and Water & Energy:

Roads

  • Digital Highway – The Journey to Level 2 BIM Alex Bywater (Highways England)
  • A1 Leeming to Barton David Lowery (Carillion)
  • M4 Corridor Around Newport Karl Henderson, Claude Jacquot Preaux (Costain/ Vinci JV).
  • M8/ M74/ M73 Motorway Improvements Project Graeme Reid (Transport Scotland) Raul Pascual (Ferrovial Lagan JV)

Rail

Water & Energy

As I’m personally well versed from years of working in roads and rail, not to mention already being familiar with the fine work of many of the presenters, I went off script and plumped for Water & Energy instead and I wasn’t dissapointed.

If you attended any of the other sessions then please give us a flavour of how they went in the comments below!

Bryn Cowyld Water Treatment Works

Nick Parkin and Geraint Jones (Welsh Water) gave the room a snapshot of the effort that went into the Bryn Cowyld Water Treatment Works. A substantial project with a careful look at how technology had been implemented with the £200k Igloo feature being the culmination (think virtual reality “cave” at 1:1 scale).

Some investment indeed, but this had already seen a £75k return on this project alone (and yes this fugure was challenged, quickly justified by the travel savings and overnights of getting the core team members frequently together).

Welsh Water were very self critical and they did accept that a pitfall of this particular item was that it is a fixed asset and static in nature, but a very worthwhile tool all the same and second to none when it came to collaborative clash avoidance. It did beg the question of what was next in terms of engaging teams in real time that were further afield however (VR headsets sprung to mind).

TEAM 2100 Managing Flooding on the Thames

Hinesh Mistry (CH2M) and Matthew Arthur (Environment Agency) gave a detailed and impressive look at flood mitigation measures old and new. Their presentation detailed how the team had systematically assembled a CDE that integrated their GIS tools and “Estuary Eye” to make reporting, maintanance and surveillance second to none for many items in their colossal asset database.

Cost management tools had also been included and the same technology was now being implemented in a H&S capacity via a hazard mapping tool, only to be leveraged even further with the addition of remote sensors as well.

This was a great example of digital future proofing and “past proofing” for all users at all levels and a genuine triumph overall.

BIM Delivery on Davyhulme Water Treatment Works

Jonathan Rains (Mott MacDonald) deftly brought us up to speed on this substantial project. From manipulating 5Tb pointclouds to managing behavioural change here was a look at a complex project that integrated the old with the new in an apparently seamless manner.

Jon cited the importance of the PAS documentation and how lucky they were that United Utilities have a spec EIR which made things much more swift from the start (although they had to add in 50 additional fields in Revit to deliver all of the data).

A smart system of continual project feedback that informed future decisions was set up (though not wholly budgeted for) and this really became a flagship learning project for the team and all involved. Mistakes are made on every job but this came across as a project that had been a steep learning curve for some but a worthwhile learning experience for all which the whole room appreciated.

Choice Q&A:

Ray Purvis (Atkins) asked TEAM2100 how to know which technologies to develop and all responses underlined the importance of starting with the end in mind and really bottoming out which technologies talk to one another in the first place (good old interoperability yet again).

Asad Abbas (Environment Agency) asked about future proofing the accessibility of this data in 50 years time, a consideration already in the minds of TEAM100. This was largely being addressed with locked in data formats, leading to the discussion that their real worry was giving users quick access to the data they needed in the first place, rather than being able to access it at all.

Raj Chawla (Nunelah Design) asked how the presenters were planning to get their info into the respective control systems and asset registers? Jon Rains explained that they had to change the coding at the start so it fit United Utilities’ asset management system and maintenance schedule from the word go. TEAM100 reinforced that their COBie data scheme had many maintenance fields already in there and it was all set up ready to go.

Part 3 is here.

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