Adopt BIM For Better Project Management, Says Gammon
Contractors looking to do things better, faster, save money and reduce waste could benefit by adopting computer simulation technology on their projects, according to leading contractor Gammon Construction.
Citing data from the US, company director Derek So Kwok-leung said costs incurred by the contractor could be cut by 10 to 20 percent if they used Building Information Modelling (BIM) on their projects.
Gammon in particular had recognised the potential benefits from using BIM early on and in 2006 set up a dedicated department , the Visual Design and Construction Team.
So said using BIM technology helps in visualization of the building design and its construction sequence in three dimensions, allows better safety planning, better coordination of electrical and mechanical services and helps identify areas for cost savings.
The first project to benefit by using BIM was the One Island East office project for Swire Properties (1972) in 2008.
“We identified 6,000 problem areas,” So said, pointing to BIM’s ability to identify problem areas beforehand.
Other projects that got the BIM treatment were The Forum in Central, OPUS Hong Kong at Stubbs Road and the redevelopment of Kwun Tong Swimming Pool.
The latest high profile project to use BIM is the Midfield Concourse project worth HK$6.2 billion at Hong Kong International Airport.
In particular, the Midfield Concourse project is the first time that Gammon has used 3D printing technology to construct a model of the steelwork superstructure for planning and make it easier to brief frontline workers on the work.
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