Collaboration across all platforms reaps the best results

Joining Hansen Yuncken earlier this year, National BIM Manager Paul Nunn is set to evolve our national approach to virtual design and construction, recognising that collaboration across all platforms reaps the best possible results.

The term “Building Information Management” or BIM is the “new age” collaborative way of working, underpinned by numerous digital technologies, which allow for more efficient methods of managing a project throughout its entire lifecycle.

In its simplest form, BIM provides a substantial benefit for managing time, cost and risk; this in turn, provides greater confidence in the delivery of our projects. In addition, we provide data rich 3D as-built models, enabling a possible integration with facility management systems. These benefits are starting to be explored more by our health and tertiary education clients.

Commencing our BIM journey over 7 years ago, we are recognised leaders in the implementation of BIM technologies across Australia. Following many successful projects including Australia’s largest BIM case study, the new Royal Adelaide Hospital, we now require sophisticated virtual modelling for the design and construction phases of all major projects.

On a daily basis, our teams, who have undergone extensive training in multiple BIM technologies, are constantly evolving, developing and improving our systems and processes, allowing us to scope and use 3D, 4D and 5D project data far more efficiently.

From pre commencement through to commissioning and handover, we are managing the creation of accurate 3D building models, combining animations and fly-throughs that allow our design and construction teams as well as the relevant stakeholders to visually and realistically access the design layout well before construction. This reduces errors and rework and supports a streamlined design development process where feedback and changes can be applied in real time. Most importantly, because everything in BIM is interconnected with programming, estimating, safety, procurement and commissioning, the implications of changes are applied throughout every aspect of the model. No more duplication!

Of course, the successful adoption of BIM requires organisations and individuals to change the way they work. Technology brings change, and with that comes education and training. Our drive to change is supported by our commitment to educate and develop our supply chain. By doing that, we are increasing the use of BIM tools and processes on our projects, encouraging multiple stakeholders to communicate efficiently and contribute information throughout the construction process and beyond, ultimately streamlining procedures, monitoring costs, reducing risks and minimising waste. This allows us to improve our visibility, understanding, and management of the consultant design process, subcontractor shop modelling and fabrication process.

Our challenge at Hansen Yuncken is to assess, define, and roadmap the BIM processes appropriate for each project. With an outward facing position on BIM, we aim to exceed our client’s expectations in project delivery. For those of you who are not technologically savvy, you can rely on us to guide you.

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