BIM & Bullets – James Middling

The Royal Artillery Barracks (RAB) Olympic Shooting Range was one of the stand-out arenas created for the London 2012 Olympic Games.

Located in a traditional setting and surrounded by 18th century architecture, this cutting edge facility caught the imagination of competitors, spectators and the public, and demonstrated the power of BIM in project design, manufacture, construction and disassembly.

The scheme has become an exemplar project within Mott MacDonald. Although not large in size and scale it has used highly advanced BIM thinking, particularly in the development of the concept which enabled a ‘conversational modelling’ approach. We were able to make big decisions about construction methodology and logistics for key scheme elements very early on, working with the supply chain and their models to develop a sustainable solution that ultimately used rented components – the same trusses used to carry lights and speakers at rock concerts and festivals. Such an approach had not been truly achieved on a bespoke temporary structure such as this before, however BIM, made it possible.

This session is a case study which shares BIM best practice. We will explore the importance of close collaboration between the project’s key stakeholders and the reveal how we won over reluctant parties. There will be a focus on workflow and how disparate parties were empowered to embrace real collaboration and also consider the value which we added, both to our own work processes as design consultants and to the client through the experiences shared.

The use of technology was also key in achieving high quality design, and the presentation will demonstrate how we created a full 3D structural model of each building which then became a hub for coordination with temporary frame contractors, architect and other engineering designs. This approach was to prove particularly crucial in the creation of an innovative stretched-skin outer building membrane layer. The ability to exchange models with specialist fabric contractors enabled immediate feedback on construction feasibility, material fabrication and intricate fabric cutting patterns.

This session will also reflect critically at the wider commercial benefits that BIM delivered on the project, and will explore how all of the lessons learned are now being used on similar stadia and buildings projects in 2013 and beyond.


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James Middling, Divisional Director, Mott MacDonald