Galliford Try uses Powerproject BIM for success at Birmingham Conservatoire
Winning the prestigious job of building the first new conservatoire in the UK for a generation was an opportunity to create a world-class modern building, requiring modern construction approaches. Galliford Try utilised Powerproject BIM as its platform for 4D planning, using 3D visualisation, alongside excellent project management and as-built documentation, to help maintain excellent client communication alongside exemplary project control. The project was successfully completed for the start of the 2017/18 academic year.
The project’s main technical challenges were presented by the client’s over-arching acoustic requirements. The building has been designed using a ‘box in box’ construction approach, incorporating five independent steel frames for each main space, isolated from the main building structures via resilient individual anti-vibration acoustic mountings, which effectively create completely floating floors.
“Without the 4D BIM model it would take a long time for someone to really grasp where we’re at. Because it’s so simple to make a 3D video with Powerproject BIM, it’s a really fast way to communicate that information.”
Powerproject BIM gave Galliford Try a high-level overview of the project. The visualisation provided an integrated view of progress for the planners, and was made accessible via SharePoint to senior management, if they required it. However, it became most valuable when used as the basis for client communication.
“The visualisation you create in Powerproject BIM really benefits the client. When they come in for their monthly meeting we can easily produce a video to show the planned model versus an actual model. That shows them within just a few minutes exactly where the project should be and where it is.”
Galliford Try Plc is a FTSE 250 business and one of the UK’s leading housebuilding, regeneration and construction groups. We make an important contribution to meeting the demand for new homes in the private and affordable homes sectors, regenerating neighbourhoods and working to improve the UK’s built environment, delivering positive, lasting change for the communities we work in on behalf of our clients.