Interviews

David Lowery, A1 Leeming to Barton

 

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At the prior ICE BIM event we hear from speaker David Lowery, Project Director at Carillion, to talk more about about the A1 Leeming to Barton project.

Q: Please introduce the project and the overall BIM experience?

A: The A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement scheme saw BIM being used extensively as part of our overall approach. The scheme replaces the existing dual carriageway with a new three lane motorway and includes major civil engineering and technical challenges. My experience has been positive overall and BIM has been a fundamental aspect of the projects delivery strategy and success.

Q: What was your best BIM experience? And, the worst?

A: My best BIM experience is actually the journey that we are currently on. We have tried to push the boundaries in the highways sector and demonstrate the value of BIM. The journey has been exciting and fluid, and we have continued to enhance our ability to continually improve, enhance collaboration and improve performance.

My worst experience is generic as opposed to specific. I find it frustrating to hear certain parts of the sector and the industry still challenging its value.

Q: In your view what are the benefits of using BIM?

A: The value of BIM is extensive and demonstrable across the life-cycle of projects. There is no doubt in my mind that BIM adds value to any scheme from inception through to completion. Implementation of BIM will improve deliverability at the optioneering stage through visualisation and creating “what if” scenarios; design stage via solution and product selection and clash detection; construction phase through visual construction and real time planning and delivery and the operational phase via asset management and data collection.

BIM adds value to all facets of business, as well as the obvious technical benefits, the real value is also improved health and safety capability, improved performance and the ability to build seamless and collaborative teams to ensure success.

The greatest single benefit to be gained by implementing BIM on a highways project is in the area of design development, so early adoption is essential. The 3D model is an ideal medium for examining the interaction between the various elements of a project and assessing their compatibility with the local topography. This process can be taken down into the detailing of each component, so the efficiency continues throughout the design process.

Q: What was/is your biggest BIM challenge?

A: Although the challenge of BIM implementation is often associated with hardware and software, the major challenge we have experienced is a shift in culture with respect to the way we operate. BIM is a relatively new concept in terms of intelligent design and delivery and therefore for me the biggest challenge is to demonstrate and create a culture where BIM is the norm and is how we operate.

Q: What is your vision for BIM Level 3?

A: I strongly believe that collaboration is the key success factor to any project. My vision for level 3 is that traditional boundaries of client, designer and contractor are broken down and we deliver projects as a single cohesive team. We will truly share performance data allowing benefits to be gained across the board, most importantly becoming smarter and delivering true value.

Q: What did the ICE BIM audience learn from your presentation?

A: How BIM has been applied with added value on a major highways improvement project. The presentation outlined our approach, technical aspects and the all-round business improvement experienced by having BIM as an integral part of approach to delivering success. Attending ICE BIM enabled extensive networking opportunities to take place as well. It also demonstrated the importance of BIM and allowed the leaders and instrumental figures across the industry to share best practise and to ensure that we are best placed to shape the future of the civil engineering arena.

Details about this year’s ICE BIM event “Shaping a Digital World” can be found here.

From BIM Journal Issue 03 – here

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