BAM Design is a finalist for Best BIM Designer of the Year award
BAM Design has a market-leading, whole-life BIM approach, which spans the entire lifecycle of an asset. We were the first design team to be awarded the kitemark for PAS1192-2 and continue to push the boundaries in terms of how BIM can be deployed on projects to achieve the optimum outcomes for the project team, client and end users.
BAM Design uses 3D visualisations and animations, so stakeholders can experience the building at an early stage and input into the design process. We also use BIM to test the different options available to our clients to make certain that the building performs as expected from day one. We have pushed BIM beyond its traditional use in design and construction, taking it into the operations phase of the building, by giving the FM team 3D data-rich models. More than a standard ‘data drop’, this bespoke information, improves knowledge transfer and delivers lasting service improvements.
BAM Design is committed to remaining at the forefront of the BIM agenda and has invested significantly in training and software to ensure that we can meet client needs. Our award entry for “BIM Designer of the Year” demonstrates how we have adopted our BIM approach on two very different major schemes, Coal Drops Yard at King’s Cross, London and Atlantic Square in Glasgow to facilitate collaboration, improve results and achieve greater performance certainty.
Coal Drops Yard is a spectacular reinvention of Victorian industrial railway sheds creating a unique public and retail destination within the heart of Argent LLP’s King’s Cross development. From the BEP implementation at stage 3, we have deployed a number of tools to facilitate a more collaborative approach during the design and construction, using AutodeskBIM360Glue to enable all stakeholders to view the progress of the live model as information was published live from Revit and AutodeskBIM360field for snagging and to plot co-ordinate’s to map the curving slate roof in real-time. Our innovative use of digital tools on the project also allowed us to improve the accuracy of repairs; mapping survey images to elevations and scheduling works required to give a clear scope of works and cost. While our use of 3D Rhino software allowed BAM Design, Heatherwick Studio and Arup to refine the complex roof form and structure. Tom Callaway, Argent LLP said of BAM Design’s approach: “Coal Drops Yard was one of the most challenging projects that Argent and BAM have been involved with, pushing the boundaries of design technology as well as construction expertise. BAM Design brought passion, innovation by building early relationships with Heatherwick Studios and the consultants, in order to establish collective goals and a methodology through digital construction. They also worked closely with site to optimise the delivery through stage 4 and beyond, by providing asset information for future maintenance.”
At Atlantic Square, a mixed-use commercial office development in Glasgow, BAM Design has adopted a unified, interdisciplinary approach to BIM2 Project Delivery along with the early development of a 3D and multidisciplinary federated model for the engagement of all stakeholders. 3D tools (including VR) have also been used to communicate and resolve issues e.g. design, buildability, and Health & Safety. This includes the use of a simple 3D First-Person-Shooter-Computer-Game-like 3D interface to reduce number of interdisciplinary clashes, improving design optimisation and client buy-in. The team has also directly incorporated the NBS Create Specifications into Revit model, which has benefited the sub-contractor tender process and de-risked delivery. In addition, we provided the supply chain with the complete Design Stage BIM2 Federated model to develop their detailed construction packages.