Bryden Wood shortlisted for BIM Awards 2018
Nomination Category: Doing it: M&E Engineer.
Name: Nick Brown
Company: Bryden Wood Ltd.
BIM Show Live spoke with Nick Brown ahead of the BIM Awards 2018 on their award entry and what makes this a potentially award-winning project:
Bryden Wood is an integrated design and operations consultancy for the built environment, specialising in DfMA.
The practice focuses on delivering ‘digital twins’ which generate greater value through data analysis, architecture and engineering collaboration.
Bryden Wood has been working closely with clients to challenge the conventional AEC digital methods (in which the digital model is a design team resource, rather than a client-focused operational asset), enabling clients to take a closer role in the process of design, procurement, delivery and operation.
To support this Bryden Wood has fully embraced BIM and believes it is not enough to simply be ‘Level 2’ compliant. BIM can be extended beyond the design of the building fabric to include the performance, processes and people that describe the use of the building. Multiple data streams are integrated to ensure the building design meets the requirements of the users at an early stage through; rapid scenario planning, process and production analysis, whole life energy use, automated design, digital simulations, 4D, 5D and 6D delivery, as well as virtual and augmented reality platforms, to support stakeholder engagement throughout.
This approach emerges through Bryden Wood’s use of parametric modelling and automation methods to reduce labour intensive tasks that are better handled by machines rather than people. These modelling techniques coupled with the use of Open BIM standards including IFC, COBie and Uniclass, provide an easier exchange of information between calculation programs, enabling the mechanical and electrical departments to transfer data from one program to another, thereby reducing duplication of effort and increasing the speed and accuracy of calculations.
The benefits of Open BIM approach also reach outside of the company where clients can work with the data sets using their existing software platforms and digital processes. The effect of this increased efficiency and productivity is the value being created at all project stages and translates into real word savings through increased certainty during design, (and therefore reduced risk), eliminating re-work during construction and improved operational outcomes post-handover.
They hope other companies can follow in their footsteps and push for more innovation and collaboration in the industry.
Members of the Building services engineering team will be attending the BIM awards ceremony in the hope of winning the category and gaining further recognition as forerunners in the industry.