Can BIM rescue a project?

Thirteen years ago, we were approached by Trinity Winchester, a charity providing services for homeless people. They were in the process of being evicted from their previous home. Winchester City Council, a very supportive local authority had identified a fantastic site where they could develop a new centre. Substantial funds had been raised but, unfortunately, a scheme had been drawn up which was far in excess of their budget. The site fell within a level 3 flood zone and was bounded on three sides by waterways. I use the term “drawn up” advisedly, as the scheme had been developed in the traditional manner – lines on paper and a 3D image in the designer’s head. In this case, it was CAD lines within a 2D environment however, the principle is the same as that used by master builders back as far as ink on parchment. A simple analysis of the design showed that it was overly elaborate, complex, uneconomic and poorly conceived in three dimensions.

In 2006, Revit BIM was just emerging onto the architectural market however, we had been running it for a few years prior. It quickly became clear to us that not only did it improve the productivity, responsiveness and delivery speed of our service, but it critically enabled us to develop our design ideas within a 3D environment and thereby, quickly work through hundreds of iterations – improving the scheme at each stage before reaching an optimum design solution. Using these techniques for the new Trinity Centre, we were able to arrive at an efficient design, simple in plan form and economic to build. The scheme developed reduced the cost by over 40% whilst delivering the same area and was recognised with a local design award.

Since 2006, we have gone on to use the Revit BIM platform to deliver hundreds of projects across the UK and Europe of up to 100,000 sqm. Each has benefited from our in-depth knowledge of the software however, the Trinity Centre remains perhaps the most tangible example of a project which was literally saved by BIM!

We have continued to work with and support the Trinity Centre charity, having raised money through their sleep outs and other activities. We are delighted to be involved again, designing a new residential wing to provide an intermediate step between homelessness and life within the community for up to 12 people. Our design has recently been awarded planning approval and fundraising is well underway. Donations can be given on this link: http://trinitywinchester.org.uk/get-involved/raise-money-and-awareness/

Keywords

  • BIM
  • Charity
  • design
  • Fundraising
  • Revit

Keywords

  • BIM
  • Charity
  • design
  • Fundraising
  • Revit