Implementation of BIMXtra

Meadow Road was selected as the construction project which comprises of 12 and schedules, helping our clients understand the proposed layouts. 

Clearbox and The Clarkson Alliance produced a BIM Implementation and Execution Plan at the outset of this project to enable all project stakeholders to be aware of their required contributions and to enable the Employers Information Requirements to be satisfied. 

For most stakeholders this was the first time they had been involved on a project with a BIM requirement so meetings and workshop sessions heavily focused on explaining what we were trying to achieve and how we were intending to achieve it. 

BIMXtra was selected as the common data environment for this research and construction project to produce an asset information model upon completion.

This project proves that BIMXtra is not only for big, complex projects – it can reduce cost, risk and time to market on small projects too. Key though is to start with the end in mind. Once you know where you want to go you can then develop a plan to plug any skills gaps and put in place the supporting processes and technologies to deliver the desired outcomes. Having a plan means you can also monitor for deviations and take any corrective action needed. The only other key ingredient is leadership. In order to excel your team’s going to need a clear mandate. It’s therefore vital that your senior management team’s also on board from day one.

Ashley Beighton The Clarkson Alliance

The project

For some consultants, this was the first time that a project had to be delivered in 3D and meant that new methods of working were established in their own businesses. This was a massive change in process for some, but provided the opportunity for up skilling and ensuring they could meet current industry expectations.

All parties generated coordinated models which were imported into the BIMXtra Highlighter, enabling the team to view a federated model. Training was provided by Clearbox to ensure the team could access and utilise these models.

Like many BIM projects, limitations and difficulties can be caused when trying to federate models in a CDE due to CAD authoring software and file types. Due to the CAD authoring software used by the timber frame contractors we had to develop a bespoke convertor file to ensure that this too could be included within the CDE.

The model was used at design coordination meetings and at clash detection workshops.

Drawings were created from models and loaded to the drawing manager within the system. These could be viewed by the entire team.

The document management system was used to collect general project information. One of the research projects objectives was to provide the client a federated model with operation and maintenance information.

Clearbox developed this functionality within the system to provide a new approach and method of collecting and linking this data. A guided workflow enabled documents to be loaded to areas of the buildings as soon as they became available. This removed the need to wait until the competition of a project or until an as built model was produced.