BIM Designer of the Year Finalist: One Creative Environments Ltd
One Creative Environments Ltd. was an early adopter of BIM, has embedded the technology within their multidisciplinary organisation and continues to innovate to maximise the potential of BIM to add value to their clients while sharing knowledge across the industry.
They have structured their business specifically to optimise a project delivery process that embraces a BIM workflow. This includes flexible ‘project team’ seating arrangements, common ‘industry standards’ implemented across all our teams and a step-by-step PAS1192-2 aligned internal process map (complete with templates for each stage).
The company also engages in R&D projects to address industry challenges and creative applications for projects. For example, One’s R&D project with BESA used SFG20 codes and an efficient way of adding specific metadata into BIM was found to enable Planned Preventative Maintenance (PPM) Schedules to be extracted directly from the model without manual manipulation/remapping. Clients can now benefit from this and make informed decisions on specification requirements that will impact operational lifecycle costs and develop efficient maintenance programmes well in advance of building handover – crucial for managing cost efficiencies across the lifetime of an asset.
The practice continues to push the capabilities of BIM in a number of ways with an example of this being the award winning ‘Virtual Mock Up’ which received the Project Innovation of the Year award at Digital Construction Week 2018. Construction teams on residential projects typically create full-scale physical mock-ups of key apartment types so design and client teams can inspect quality and for contractors to resolve co-ordination issues ahead of the build. Mock-ups can be expensive (typically over £1million), take months to build and require multiple alterations/iterations to resolve co-ordination issues, while the construction programme advances.
One was commissioned by Multiplex for One Nine Elms, a £673m development of 494 residential units and a five-star hotel, in London. A high-profile project, with a large amount of repeatability, it will feature two of the tallest residential towers in Europe, the 56-storey City Tower and 42-storey River Tower, connected by a glazed bridge. One developed a coordinated, highly granular ‘virtual mock-up’ of a key apartment and corridor much earlier in the build, to speed up co-ordination, clash resolution and deliver a range of other benefits. This process is now being utilised on future projects with plans to further develop this utilising VR and 4D sequencing.
One’s Director of BIM, Jason Whittall, has spoken at many industry events including last year’s BIM Show Live and as Chairman/BIM Champion for the West Midlands BIM Region for the UK BIM Alliance, Jason also has regular dialogue with a wide network of industry peers.
In Jason’s words: “We are delighted to once again be shortlisted for the BIM Show Live awards. At One we believe that a fully multidisciplinary practice is the most effective way to deliver fully integrated BIM and it is a core business activity that drives our creative output.”
“We continue to work to maximise the benefits of BIM and are always happy to share our results to help the industry. Please do get in touch with me directly if you would like to discuss any of our R & D work, BIM developments or regarding a specific project – I would be very happy to help. Congratulations to all finalists and I am very much looking forward to the event and the awards.”
For more information on One Creative Environments Ltd. (One) please visit www.oneltd.com/bim or call 01905 362300. You can also follow @Oneltd_Media and find Jason Whittall, Director of BIM at One, on LinkedIn and Twitter @Oneltd_Jason