On some projects, the results have been ‘dramatic’.
Byrne Bros required a modelling tool to help produce initial tender models that could be augmented with additional detail so as to form a complete structural model of a building. The aim is to use the model at all stages in the preconstruction process, from construction sequencing and creating visualisations for bid submissions to initial quantity take off and cost plan estimating.
Byrne Bros estimating director Phil Petz said: “From the outset it was clear that Tekla offered numerous benefits in one package, particularly for a specialist concrete contractor. We wanted to improve the way we work internally as well as externally with our clients. Having a robust BIM model enables us to exchange information more effectively within the project team and facilitate collaboration to achieve the best outcome.”
He added: “We are happy with the results so far and have seen improvements in establishing cost plan quantities and pricing. We have been able to reduce our take-off checking timescales across the board, and on certain projects the savings over the traditional 2D quantity check have been dramatic.”
Mr Petz said: “We are currently working with Tekla UK on a strategy to implement its software in the construction phase of all our projects. We’re also seeing an increase in clients requesting that we work in collaborative BIM workflows, and having the ability to develop Tekla models with construction level of detail puts us in a strong position to meet, their requirements.”