Presenting Amberley Road – Our Latest BIM Project

Article posted on: 22nd March 2015

Amberley Road in London is one of a number of projects we recently completed, implementing BIM to Level 2 with 3D models using collaborative systems for clash detection and coordination.
The mixed-use scheme comprises the erection of two new buildings on onesite. One is a new primary school and adult education facility for Westminster Adult Education Service. The second is a residential 6 storey structure, including a basement carpark, containing 47 residential units with balconies overlooking the Grand Union canal.
This project brought all members of the design team together, amalgamating the Architectural, MEP and Structural model into one 3D environment, creating a virtual 3D replica of the end product.

Working in this collaborative environment with a longer lead time, meant clashes were identified earlier in the design. Builders work holes and elements were plotted through the structure and any clashes could be identified and corrected in 3D. The Architectural, MEP and Structural models are coherent, meaning if one of them is revised the impact can be identified almost immediately and the drawing sheets are revised parametrically.Components within the live model are assigned attributed data which can then be extracted to give structural opening schedules for formwork, pile load tables including cut off levels, steel beam and column schedules for procurement and wall schedules for total volume and reinforcement estimates. This means that a revision to the model will parametrically revisethe tabulated information and drawing sheets. This is a distinct advantage of using BIM and Revit.

Basic sections, elevations and 3D imaging can be quickly produced to discuss issues arising during design development. BIM meetings were carried out regularly where members of the design team and client reside over a fully collaborative 3D representation of the project. Every aspect therefore could be inspected in 3D, a clear visual aid to design development.
The key benefits of implementing BIM on this and similar projects are:
1. BIM Reduces Rework.
2. BIM Improves Productivity.
3. BIM Reduces Conflicts and Changes During Construction.
4. Clash Detection and Avoiding Rework.

At Clancy we fully embrace the ethos of collaborative working practices and the adoption of BIM throughout the firm which is helping to generate innovation and efficiency.
For further information, please do not hesitate to contact us on the office numbers provided.
Barry Horne at our Liverpool office – 0151 227 5300
Andrew Moffatt at our London office – 020 3077 0970

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