BIM: Practical implementation and tangible benefits at Leeds Arena
On 21st November 2012 Steve Wheller & Richard Beaumont of BAM Construction kindly provided a fascinating tour for attendees around the new Leeds First Direct Arena during the late construction stage, and then gave a presentation in Leeds Metropolitan Universitys Rose Bowl building.
BAM described the vast benefits that were provided by using Building Information Modelling (BIM) for this project, especially cost and time savings. Site meetings were held electronically using a walk round of the model compared with a walk round with a webcam so the designers could attend without travelling for miles. Design issues could be raised and dealt with at an early stage rather than during construction, as the building was effectively built twice, once as a 3D model and then on site. The model assisted with the coordination of the different aspects of design i.e. mechanical and electrical ductwork, cable trays etc.
The model also greatly assisted the Contractor with planning logistics of deliveries and construction on the building site. G4C hold regular local events for people relatively new to the construction industry to network, discuss work and hot topics, maintain their CPD and help train themselves to be the future leaders of the industry.
G4C are part of Constructing Excellence (CE) which is a cross-sector, cross-supply chain, member-led organisation operating for the good of industry and its stakeholders. CE exists to improve industry performance in order to produce a better built environment.