The Big Question: How do we Improve Productivity in Construction?

Last year BaseStone attended Digital Construction Week on the 18th and 19th October 2017 at the Excel Centre in London. Our founder and CEO, Alexander Siljanovski MEng(Hons) MSc CEng MIET FRSA, presented with two great sessions with topics: Tech Stage: Use of Technology to Drive Productivity Industry 4.0 Stage: Productivity, Smart Contracts and the Blockchain During Digital Construction Week, we asked our colleagues a big question “How do we Improve Productivity in Construction?” , because productivity in the construction industry has declined steadily and significantly since the 1960’s in both Europe and the USA. You can watch the answer here:

If you would like to add your answer to our question please feel free to post it on our Social Media Channels: Facebook – @basestoneuk or Twitter – @basestone 

BaseStone supports Skanska’s 4D BIM on the Waterloo Station Upgrade Project

Network Rail’s mammoth £400m Waterloo Station Upgrade Project is set to deliver a 30% increase in the passenger capacity into and out of Waterloo everyday. The improvement work at the UK’s busiest station is being carried out by the Wessex Capacity Alliance – a collaboration between Skanska, Colas Rail, Mott Macdonald, AECOM and Network Rail. The BaseStone team work closely with the Alliance, and Skanska specifically, in supporting their 4D Building Information Modelling (BIM) initiative on the project.

Throughout August, the Wessex Capacity Alliance carried out a blockade where platforms 1–10 were closed so that platforms 1–4 could be extended to accommodate longer trains, and platforms 5–8 could be modified. This was not any old blockade, it was the largest blockade in Europe and the biggest in Network Rail history. The Wessex team had their work cut out as around 300 people were working on site for 24 hours every day.

Coordination was essential to ensure that the blockade ran smoothly. Luckily Skanska’s leading BIM team were working tirelessly on the project to ensure that there was easy access to construction and programme information using the 4D model.

The B1M define BIM asthe process of creating information models or data sets formed of graphical and non-graphical information in a shared digital space known as a Common Data Environment (CDE)”. The 4D Model adds scheduling data to the 3D model and enables effective coordination of the programme information.

Skanska’s BIM team used Synchro Pro to build the 4D model, add the scheduling data and export PDFs and video animations. As BaseStone was already being used on the project for capturing site information, viewing and marking up construction drawings on site, the team knew it was the perfect choice for enabling fast access to the 4D information.

In preparation for the blockade, the BaseStone engineering team built a bespoke integration to Synchro which made the transfer of the 4D information from Synchro to BaseStone seamless. During the blockade, the BaseStone mobile application was used to view the PDFs of 4D data, giving instant access to critical construction programme information. The BaseStone application was kept up to date with the latest version via automatic syncing so that the information was always accurate.

Robert Leach, BIM Coordinator on the project, said ‘throughout the blockade I could see when the next trains were coming and what work was programmed to be taking place because the information was on BaseStone – that was extremely useful’

He added that ‘we could spot potential errors out on site with BaseStone and could get this information back to the planners sooner’.

Once the blockade had commenced, a few delays ensued, but due to the quick access of the 4D model via BaseStone, awareness was raised, and the contingency was enacted, resulting in delivering the project on time.

The successful delivery of the August Blockade was a momentous achievement. Our congratulations go out to the Wessex team and our thanks for choosing to work with BaseStone!

 

References

The B1M definition of 4D BIM – http://www.theb1m.com/video/what-is-4d-bim

BaseStone on London’s “Efficiency Through Digital Projects” conference

BaseStone team have just got back from London’s “Efficiency Through Digital Projects” conference arranged by Fiatech.If you haven’t heard of Fiatech, they are an international community of construction and engineering stakeholders, passionately working together to lead global development and adoption of innovative practices and technologies. Each Spring, they bring together this global community of their members, guests and speakers, to meet and discuss the progress being made with regards to digital technologies throughout construction and engineering.

This year, it was great to see brilliant presentations and learn insights into how “disruptive technologies” are changing the face of the industry, with presentations upon subjects such as Mixed Reality, Digital Asset Identification, IOT, and a panel of industry experts on how best to implement Digital Project Delivery.

With BaseStone leading the way in terms site-based field mobility applications, it was great to meet with other innovators and champions from across the globe on how we can best work together to help the industry advance and achieve enhanced productivity and efficiency.

If you are interested in finding out more about future events that we will be attending or the Fiatech community, please do not hesitate to get in touch!

You can also follow us on Twitter – @basestone and talk with us!

BaseStone are recipients of the prestigious Celebration of Engineering & Technology Innovation (CETI) Award, organised by Fiatech in the category of Life Cycle Data Management & Information Integration.

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BaseStone participate in CIOB programme “Masterminds of Construction

The holiday season is almost here and at BaseStone HQ, we wanted to give you a little pre-Christmas treat. We were recently asked to participate in a programme by The Chartered Institute of Building in partnership with ITN Productions which is ITN’s bespoke production hub titled “Masterminds of Construction”.

The production is a news and current-affairs style programme, introduced by national newsreader Natasha Kaplinsky, to showcase how transformative and demanding construction management is, and how the ‘Masterminds of Construction’ overcome risks from unforeseen events and deliver world-class projects.

We were delighted to contribute our thoughts on the industry and how digitising on-site workflows are key to improved efficiency and cost saving. The programme features key industry interviews and news-style reports along with sponsored editorial profiles.

Participants included our own CEO Alex Siljanovski and CTO Dr Simon McCabe, Director of Innovation at Costain Tim Embley and engineers from Costain and Skanska. See below our section in the programme and please share with your friends and colleagues.

 

Watch the full programme on The CIOB website here

ITN Productions