Architecture firm Stride Treglown have been implementing Building Information Modelling processes within their work since before the Government announced their plans for a 2016 mandate. The firm have now discussed that aforementioned work in a recent interview.
In 2012, Stride Treglown began working with the Government on an early adopters project delivering COBie outputs and used Solibri BIM software. The company’s Senior Associate and Sector Lead for Public & Community Projects, Anthony Walsh and Dean Hunt, BIM Coordinator spoke with Solibri UK’s Managing Director David Jellings and discussed that because they were already aware of the Government’s COBie requirements and had used BIM software, that gave them an advantage when the Government approached them.
“We had been working in a BIM environment for a number of years and as one of our key client groups is government, in particular justice and defence, we were aware of the new COBie requirement as a government directive from the outset,” said Hunt and Walsh. “Our appointment was as the technical delivery architect, initially to deliver the scheme to COBie data exchange stage 3 (representing the technical design solution). This changed however and we were eventually tasked with fully coordinating the BIM process and COBie data requirement.”
The pair also spoke about how the project changed them and what the biggest challenges they faced were. Regarding changes to the way they work, they said: “We were already familiar with current BIM processes, such as coordinating geometry and clash detection. However, the new process required us to output intelligent data in a format that could be easily accessible to all. This necessitated implementing new working practices and protocols to ensure that these outputs could be incorporated into the COBie schema.”
In regards to challenges they faced, the duo thought that getting over the project team’s initial lack of understanding was a tough roadblock at first. They stated: “This was a new way of working, not just for us, but everyone from the client down. The biggest challenge at the start of the process was the initial lack of understanding by the project team. The information requirements and formats were at first ambiguous, but after research into the requirements of COBie, the required levels of data became clearer and more understandable to us all.”
A final note addressed how working with Solibri software enabled Stride Treglown to do things they wouldn’t have been able to do if they had chosen a different software. They explained: “We believe we successfully implemented the workflow that we initially set out to achieve. By eliminating any manual data entry in the final COBie sheets we not only save a huge amount of time, but more importantly eliminate user error from the process. Large projects that require data output from many maintainable assets becomes almost impossible to achieve without using automation software such as SMC [Solibri Model Checker].”
Click here to read the entire interview in which Hunt and Walsh discuss the future of COBie and more.
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