Case study: Coastal defences, North West
Modernising data management
Lincoln goes high-tech to manage heritage assets
Researcher uses AI to help tackle buildings’ energy performance gap
MIT graduates create world’s first ‘robotic kitchen’
NewsVideo: BIM’s role in world first ‘float and submerge’ foundations
A new video from BAM Nuttall explains how BIM was used in an operation to place five gravity base foundations, designed and built by Royal BAM Group for wind turbines off the coast of Blyth.
A world first, the gravity base foundations were installed towards the end of last year using a new “float and submerge” method.
Built in the Neptune dry dock of the Tyne they were floated into position off the coast of Northumberland before being submerged onto the seabed and further ballasted to provide the support structures that act as the foundations for the turbines.
The pioneering work was a major milestone for the Blyth Offshore Demonstrator Wind Farm, which is being delivered by EDF Energy Renewables and is nearing completion.
Installed around 6.5km off the coast of Blyth, the turbines have a total generating capacity of 41.5MW and once operational will produce enough low carbon electricity to power around 34,000 homes.
The wind farm will be EDF Energy Renewables’ second offshore wind farm ...READ MORE
PeopleMurphy raises the bar on collaboration
Utilities and infrastructure specialist Murphy has signed a deal to use cloud-based digital collaboration tools as part of its digital transformation strategy. Alex Jones, group head of BIM and digital construction, talks to BIM+ about the firm’s decision to invest in the technology across the business.
What’s the deal?
Murphy has chosen the entire Aconex application suite to support the business. Aconex is part of IT giant Oracle and the leading provider in cloud collaboration for engineering and construction businesses.
We employ more than 3,000 engineers, professionals, and skilled operatives around the world. The projects vary from small street works within frameworks to large-scale joint venture contracts.
These projects often involve multiple teams and are widely dispersed ...READ MORE
ManagementBIM’s legal framework is still being formulated
Hannah Mycock-Overell, senior solicitor at Clarkslegal, analyses the legal landscape in light of the recent update to the BIM Protocol and the Winfield-Rock report.
BIM has a huge potential for improving collaboration, particularly early stage collaboration, in construction and thereby reducing disputes and performance gap.
The problem is that this potential is not being explored by large proportions of the industry. There is limited take-up of BIM, particularly among the private sector. Reasons for this limited take-up include:
A lack of knowledge of what BIM is, how it can be used, and the benefits it brings – if you don’t ...READ MORE
NewsLincoln goes high-tech to manage heritage assets
Lincoln Council has joined forces with the Getty Conservation Institute (GCI) to launch a dynamic and powerful web-based system that categorises, maps, and describes the rich cultural
PeopleWe need to adopt Hackitt’s BIM recommendations immediately
John Adams, director of BIM services at BIM strategy, responds to the newly published Hackitt Report. From the day of the Grenfell Tower disaster, many of us wondered where it went wrong, but
ProjectsCase study: Coastal defences, North West Modernising data management
Software that makes it easier for facilities managers to locate information about their assets has been adopted by Wyre Council for a coastal defence project in North West England. The system,
TechnologyMIT graduates create world’s first ‘robotic kitchen’
Four recent engineering graduates from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have opened a restaurant that contains what they describe as the world’s first “robotic kitchen
ManagementChris Thorn: five takeaways from technology hackathon
Global consultancy Aecom held its first UK Hackathon at the end of January in London. Chris Thorn, Aecom’s principal technology & process consultant, outlines what he learnt from it.
EducationCPD: Aerial data capture
With the growing use of unmanned aerial vehicles in construction, managers can get the most from the technology by keeping up to date with the regulations that govern their use, says Roy Amos.