Company Spotlight does exactly what it says on the proverbial tin. Learn all about the history, BIM journey and latest Building Information Modelling developments of some of the industry’s most-recognised names. This week’s entry features DSG Quantity Surveyors, a company who were ahead of the pack regarding BIM implementation. The early adopters reflect on their BIM journey, which began in 2012.
DSG Quantity Surveyors are a national practice founded in 2007 from offices in Newbury. The company is now nationally established with offices in the South, Midlands and North West.
DSG began their BIM journey in 2012 following the attendance of a seminar titled The BIM Debate in 2012. Managing Director Steven Gosling and Director Bernadette Lord were interested to find out more, particularly on how BIM was predicted to be the death of the quantity surveyor.
Bernadette explains: “What we discovered was very much of the contrary. We were extremely excited by the opportunities that BIM could present us as quantity surveyors with — giving us the potential to get more involved in providing strategic commercial and contractual advice rather than just the quantifying.”
DSG grabbed the opportunity and set to work building a strong BIM team. The first BIM project that they worked on was The Curve – a new library, cultural and community centre in Slough – which they worked on with the contractor Morgan Sindall in September 2013. Five BIM projects later they are well and truly establishing themselves in the market place.
“BIM is fast becoming one our key services. I think we can genuinely say that we are the only quantity surveyors in the country actually working on BIM projects. There are lots of others talking about it, but not actually implementing it, we are and we’re extremely proud of what our team is achieving.”
Their BIM projects include: Ysgol Newydd Baglan – a state of the art educational facility. DSG worked with Bouygues UK preparing the bills of quantities using both BIM models and 2D drawings. Using their 5D BIM software, they were able to measure and bill a significant number of elements and incorporate them into the traditional bills of quantities – this project was the third BIM project completed by DSG for a main contractor. DSG has also recently worked with Carillion on a suite of schools across the UK, producing a bill of quantities through the use of 5D BIM.
Bernadette admits that there are challenges to face: “We’re finding that main challenge is in the way that the models are being produced, which results in us still, having to incorporate a level of 2D measures in our documents – we haven’t received a suitably detailed model as yet! We are however working with other consultants, looking at how we can develop the model further to ensure that, they are open to change and meet the needs of the others involved in the project.
“That said we are maintaining our quality in our use of 5D BIM whilst still having to carry out 2D measurements, so we are genuinely excited about what the future presents as we manage to work with other consultants in ironing out the issues”.
View an introduction to the Building Information Modelling services DSG can provide below.
Check back Thursday, November 20th, 2014 for the next edition of Company Spotlight.