BIM software can be very expensive, but there is no guarantee individuals will use it. The success of BIM is determined by its daily use from those actually building the works and its contribution to safe construction.
The project team questioned their employees about problems encountered on former schemes. Slow access due to large files sizes and glitches due to inadequate processing power were identified as major hurdles. A Lean intervention developed a solution called the ‘BIM Station’.
It’s a bespoke standalone pod in their site office, where the 3D model is constantly open for instant review by the Kier construction team, designers and supply chain partners for collaborative discussions and problem solving. It was designed with the end user in mind, not only having a traditional keyboard & mouse, but a 30-inch Touch Screen display and a games controller to navigate the model.
Over the past year they have seen increased interaction with the 3D model by all parties. Every day cross functional teams assemble around the station to discuss buildability and feedback improvements, delivering real life demonstrations of programme and safety benefits.
The team said:
“It’s great this resource is shared across all suppliers on the scheme. Everyday I see people gathering around it, sorting out problems before they become issues”.
The BIM Station assisted them with collaboration and everyday use of BIM and has contributed to a safe scheme working over Two Million hours RIDDOR and Lost Time Incident free.