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

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BaseStone’s latest mobile release is now available

Latest BaseStone mobile release

Major new release version 3 now available

Winter is coming and as our developers rejoice seeing less sunlight, they recently surfaced from their BatCave to show us the latest version of the BaseStone mobile platform.

The latest release includes updates to our web, iPad and iPhone applications. Here are the highlights:

Improved Data Matrix and QR code functionality

On the iPad and iPhone applications, you can now scan QR and Data Matrix codes more easily and select the data to become the issue title. This is an huge enhancement to both snagging and asset-tagging processes on BaseStone. And new code lookup functionality will be coming soon!

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Business Collaborator Integration

We’re delighted to announce our latest integration available on the BaseStone web application. If you’re using Business Collaborator, you can now import the files seamlessly onto BaseStone. Get in touch with us to discuss more.

Optional save to camera roll

We receive concerns from many of our users about storage on mobile devices so we make every endeavour to minimise the amount of space BaseStone takes up. Small and mighty is what we aim for. The latest release on the iphone lets you choose whether to save the photo to the camera roll or not to help control space on your device.

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The key features already existing on the application include the ability to:

  • Conduct site inspections
  • Snag and report progress
  • Markup/annotate and redline drawings
  • Create as-builts
  • View and add photos, RFIs, files, comments
  • Quality inspections
  • Report defects
  • Site survey inspections

These features give the user benefits such as:

  • Everyone has access to the latest drawing, plan and information in the field
  • Improve productivity
  • Reduce paper and printing costs
  • Ensure issues are captured accurately
  • Create reports instantly, no need to copy up notes from the field
  • Visibility of issues on site
  • Reduce mistakes and abortive work

It has been a busy period for the team as only last month we were “Highly Commended” at the British Construction Industry Awards and also had a great time at Digital Construction Week which included a talk by our CEO Alex as well as exhibiting. Our CTO Simon also discussed BaseStone and Building Information Modelling at an event organised by 3D Repo to kick off Digital Construction Week.

If you would like to know more or have a specific question about BaseStone, click here and we would be happy to have a chat.

If you would like a free trial of the BaseStone application, click here.

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