By digitally transforming its processes, Willmott Dixon created benefits to end-users following handover, which included eliminating work for the estates department by being able to operate the building efficiently immediately after handover. Gaining access to real time information meant all stakeholders in the project could make quick, informed decisions on operation and maintenance expenditure based on actual asset performance and status. Costs were reduced from automating processes that were previously done on paper and, as all construction data was available, refurbishments could be made at a lower cost and in less time.
As Willmott Dixon BIM Information Manager Ben Jowett noted, “One of the key benefits for us, particularly using VFP, was the control of access of information—we work on a lot of law and order projects and digital information security is very important, particularly with BIM—there are a lot of security standards surrounding the protection of digital information. I think the access controls were flexible enough to allow us to cater them to what a project needed whilst also having a standardised approach to it as well.”
Record What is Going On in Real Time
Henderson added, “The main benefit of using the software in terms of ROI for risk mitigation would be the use of site diaries. We’re able to record what is going on in real time so if there are any issues we can then go back to event as if it was yesterday to find out what had and had not occurred so we can move along more proactively. Using it like myself, from a design point of view, it’s the revision control—so the software only ever shows the latest revision so there is no chance of working to the wrong information.”
The integration of VFP and Field View allowed the NCHSR Project team to remotely manage a number of construction processes much more time-efficiently such as: health and safety permits, quality delivery inspections and site diaries. One significant benefit the team realised by using these systems was more time spent onsite versus utilising time on the administrative burden that more traditional paper-based processes require.
Fix Snags Along the Way
“With Field View, snags are broken down into two parts. First, we try and deal with all snags while work is taking place onsite to make the project run a lot smoother—so we start a quality delivery system, so as we’re going through the works as they get signed off as the task is being created. In doing that, we created 523 tasks,” continued Henderson.
“Then, when we get to the end stage of the job, when we’re trying to get to the finishes, we start another snagging process. In total, there were 293 snags identified using Field View, which allowed us to get the ‘real time effect,’ where we work a lot quicker. The biggest benefit is that we are snag-free two days ahead of handover, so we can hand over a BIM Level 2 project, snag-free, to the client.”
Delivery Teams can Stay Onsite
“This process would have originally required site teams to go back to the office and fill out the necessary paperwork,” Jowett said. “Instead, what Field View. allows our delivery teams to do is actually stay onsite whilst carrying out the tasks they need to, which keeps the project running smoothly. The last time we surveyed our people at Willmott Dixon on Field View they believed they were saving up to 5 hours per person per week. Spread out across all of our projects that’s quite a significant saving in time.”
This project is an outstanding example of a collaborative approach from the contractor, consultants and supply chain. This had been the first BIM project for many members of the supply chain and their willingness to up-skill their teams has been unprecedented, with a total of nine data-rich models coordinated and federated, the largest number Willmott Dixon experienced on any project.
Flexibility for Each of Your Projects
Finally, Jowett added: “I would recommend Field View and VFP particularly because the products are very flexible and you can shape them to what your project requires, but it also offers an extent of standardisation so you get the best of both. The equivalent systems on the market don’t really offer that flexibility and you have to try and force your work process into the product rather than letting the product fit into your work process—and that was the real benefit we gained at Willmott Dixon.”