BIM Contractor of the Year finalist – The McAvoy Group
Digitising Offsite Construction
The McAvoy Group, one of the UK’s leading offsite manufacturers, has pioneered the use of digital technology across the construction industry for a number of years. We consider this to be a vital part of our business.
There is tremendous synergy between digital technology and offsite construction. Harnessing the latest technologies has allowed us to streamline our processes at the design development stages, in the factory and on site. This helps to facilitate better decision making at every stage of the design and build process and significantly enhances client and stakeholder engagement.
Techniques such as 3D modelling and virtual reality (VR) help us to deliver projects more quickly, to even higher quality standards, more sustainably and more efficiently.
We were the first offsite specialist to be accredited to BIM L2, well ahead of the Government mandate for BIM adoption. We continue to invest in BIM and embrace digital workflows because we recognise and value the efficiency benefits that these technologies bring to our customers, the supply chain and to our offsite processes.
Our industry-leading commitment and ongoing investment in the latest digital technology has been recognised by a number of awards including the RICS award for Best Use of Virtual Reality BIM and more recently by the British Chamber of Commerce award for the Best Use of Technology in the UK.
In our experience, BIM goes way beyond the creation of 3D models and clash detection. It allows project teams to manage and share data more efficiently – from feasibility and planning stages to operations and building maintenance.
We have embedded innovation across the business to help achieve our ambitious plans for growth. Digital transformation is now being applied to the offsite manufacturing process – eg using robotics – to further enhance the efficiency and quality of offsite construction solutions.
We are developing applications for augmented reality (AR). We can take AR onto a site and superimpose the building to offer an even higher level of client engagement. AR could deliver 3D data to manufacturing, potentially cutting out resource-intensive processes of 2D information. By removing manual processes, there is less data loss and more informed decision making.
As the construction sector moves towards a need for greater levels of digital information, including data-rich 3D building models, we have ensured that McAvoy remains at the forefront of the transformation both in the offsite sector and in the wider construction industry.