The Benefits of BIM – A Contract Example
One of our current projects is working with David Browne Contractors in the University of Canterbury. This is a long term project where we are working alongside BECA who are the consultant, and Hawkins who are the builders.
As part of our initial consultation, we received a general layout model from BECA showing service sizes and routes. We were required to modify and alter the original plan, culminating in a fully co-ordinated model.
Some of the benefits with regard to efficiencies, and consequential costs savings for our client were as follows:
- We changed equipment to the correct size. This ensured the correct products were being ordered, the first time round.
- We substituted in the correct fittings being used on the job and resized ductwork work in order to ensure it would fit. BIM made it possible to assess all of these intricacies before construction began.
- We were able to iron out any current clashes within the structure and its structural services. These potential clashes were detected and rectified, before it was too late.
The value our service provided, in terms of efficiency and cost savings were indisputably evident, resulting in a request to co-ordinate all services and produce drawings for other subcontractors involved in the project.
We have been instructed and are therefore trusted, to deal with them directly regarding clashes and other issues in order to ensure the project can continue within the projected time frames.
We have also made ourselves available when required, to meet onsite when issues have arisen, and have been able to assist in solving these issues on the spot.