RICS BIM4SME Awards Winners Announced

Su Butcher writes about the third edition of the RICS BIM4SME Awards, as it happened last Tuesday 12th of September 2017.

Su Butcher Affiliate Member

Social Strategist

The third RICS BIM4SME Awards took place on Tuesday 12 September at HMS Belfast on the Thames. Attendance at the event was high with over 150 attendees from across the industry.

Stefan Mordue, co-author of Building Information Modelling for Dummies (2015) and BIM for Construction Health and Safety (2014) has compered the event since its inauguration in 2015 and swiftly brought the audience to heel by confirming he wouldn’t be publicising his books.

Keynote speaker Anne Kemp, chair of the UK BIM Alliance, has recently returned from Australia. She congratulated BIM4SME and the entire audience for getting together to bring about change in the industry. She also acknowledged the significant number of women in the room, unusual for a construction event, and encouraged women to take centre stage in the construction industry.

Anne spoke about the key role SMEs play as the powerhouse for the construction industry, where most innovation takes place. She encouraged the audience to promote the digital transformation agenda which BIM Level 2 will enable.

This year saw the number of entries to the joint RICS-BIM4SME sponsored awards exceed expectations, with many new entrants who haven’t entered projects before. Entrants were asked to provide evidence of process innovation and how they had used any part of the BIM process to make construction more efficient.

The BIM4SME Awards were founded in 2015 by BIM4SME, the group at the forefront of helping small and medium enterprises benefit from BIM. BIM4SME was one of the first BIM4 groups set up back in 2011.

The RICS BIM4SME Awards Winners

Best use of BIM for Construction Sequencing – WINNER, SISK / Lagan JV

The team worked on a Highways England project using 4D BIM to plan how a junction would be built. As well as managing construction sequencing, 4D BIM helps with buildability, detecting planning clashes and health & safety.

Best use of BIM for use of Embedded Data – WINNER, CoBuilder UK

CoBuilder demonstrated how a team from Willmott Dixon used manufacturers data in a model and managed international data standards to benefit the facilities management of the National College for High Speed Rail and a project the University of Manchester.

Best use of BIM for Health & Safety – WINNER, Freeform 3D Ltd

This project used 4D BIM and Virtual Reality to enable a user to investigate the model of a Multiplex site at Bishopsgate in the City of London for health and safety purposes.

Best use of BIM for Costings and Material Take-off – WINNER, Alinea Consulting Ltd

This well-managed retail project benefited from a good client relationship, and team management. The team set up all documentation according to BIM Level 2 standards, and following best practice for level of detail. This enabled the costing team to successfully extract data from the model for costings at various stages of the project.

Best Embedment of BIM into Contracts - WINNER, BIM Direct

BIM Direct have produced an app that helps you put together a good EIR. You can share the content with project stakeholders and they can see how the EIR evolves and can contribute. Roles and responsibilities, LOD and data exchange formats can be specified and precisely tuned. In addition, the app connects contractual arrangements into each EIR event.

Best Virtual Reality BIM - WINNER, The McAvoy Group Ltd

The McAvoy Group were BIM consultants and architects at West Hill School, where they used Virtual Reality to help the school understand the construction project.

Best use of BIM for Sustainability - WINNER, David Miller Architects

DMA used BIM to get benefits out of every aspect of this project to convert a group of listed barns to residential use. For the conservation and refurbishment of a group of historic barns – known as the Anstey Hall Barns - to provide eight luxury conversions and a further four new homes on the site in Cambridge.

Best use of BIM to enhance Model Coordination – WINNER, HLM Architects

HLM Architects used ArchiCAD, Revit, Navisworks and 4Projects to effectively manage the full federated modelling of a 38,000m2 office building in Cambridge, covering everything from structure and M&E to landscape and interior fit out.

Best BIM project for Subcontractor Engagement – WINNER, CPMG Architects

This award was given to CPMG’s work on the Discover Building, a cutting edge science research facility in Nottingham where they used BIM to successfully deliver a number of subcontractor packages including a bespoke, artist designed solar screen.

Best overall BIM Project – WINNER, Willmott Dixon

Willmott Dixon won the overall award for their work on the fit out of an 11 storey building for the Department of Health in Westminster, London. From the point cloud survey, the 5D quantities take off, the supply chain workshops to translation to the client’s CAFM at the end of the project and lessons learned, this is an example of best practice in all areas.


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