Interserve Press Office | Nov 20, 2013
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is playing a pioneering role in the realisation by Interserve of three new facilities for West Yorkshire Police in Wakefield and Leeds.
The police service is an enthusiastic advocate of the use of BIM by the international support services and construction group for the project. The facilities include two new divisional headquarters with associated custody facilities for Leeds and Wakefield Divisions, and a new Specialist Operational Training Centre at Carr Gate, Wakefield where the Operational Support Division is based. All are to be delivered to a BREEAM Excellent rating.
Expected to be categorised as BIM Level 2, there are a number of areas in which the way BIM is being used on the scheme is proving to be ground-breaking. Jacobs Engineering Group has produced just one integrated BIM model for each of the three facilities. This approach is unusual: projects usually incorporate a model each for architectural input, M&E input and engineering input, which are then combined. This integrated BIM model approach was made possible thanks to Interserve's decision to use Jacobs as a 'one stop shop'.
The scheme has seen Jacobs working with Autodesk to develop the capabilities of Autodesk Revit software in order to accommodate certain requirements of the project. For example, an application of Autodesk Revit was developed in order to produce automated room elevations. Jacobs is in fact using the West Yorkshire Police scheme as an example of BIM best practice.
Another example of a revolutionary approach to the use of BIM for this scheme lies in how it facilitates the close integration of construction processes with facilities management services right from the start. This means that looking at the lifecycle costs of the buildings as opposed to just the build costs is far easier. Even a detail such as the use of LED lights in the buildings' car parks in order to reduce long-term maintenance costs can be included. BIM on this scheme is allowing Interserve's Construction and Support Services divisions to work in partnership, sharing information at every stage of the build whose detail is unprecedented.
In addition, BIM is facilitating a particularly high level of collaboration between Interserve and the trades' teams working on site, and Interserve Engineering Services is using the Autodesk Revit model produced by Jacobs to produce working drawings.
Commenting on the project, Jon Carter, West Yorkshire Police's PFI Contract Manager said:
"We have been most impressed with the level of transparency in all our dealings with Interserve and its SPV. This has cultivated a genuine trust in our construction and support services partner. The end result has been a high degree of professionalism coupled with a positive partnership experience."
Over the entire project BIM is bringing many benefits, just some of which include:
- One design means one set of information with smoother integration of the workings of all parties involved.
- Clash detection is made easier.
- The creation of standard building elements (for example a door type) means they can be reproduced throughout the entire project. Changes to these elements are easier to handle because making one change to a standard building element means all are automatically updated throughout.
- Costs are lowered because fewer people are needed to check data.
- Money is saved through fewer mistakes made and the resultant decrease of remedial work on site means a lower risk of accidents.
- BIM facilitates a consultative approach with the client through the level of design detail enabled.
- At the bid stage stakeholders could be shown very detailed plans.
- BIM produces good solutions, for example the apertures in precast for a custody unit.
Construction work has been completed, BIM will provide unparalleled levels of data to assist Interserve Support Services in its facilities management processes over the following twenty five years. This so called 'happy landings' element of the project will be the conclusion of a close working relationship between Interserve Construction and Interserve Support Services begun as early as the bid stage.
Topping out ceremonies have taken place at all three facilities. The new buildings will provide a modern, flexible working environment as well as enabling officers to train for real-life situations with more realism than before. All three sites will have a community facility in order to connect them to the communities they serve. The first facility will come into use in December 2013.
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