ISG was appointed to Asda’s BIM steering group in 2014 and, following trial BIM projects at new stores in Barry and Leeds, Asda has now awarded its first full Level 2 project to ISG.
The 35,000 sq ft steel-frame store is being constructed on the site of a former multi-occupancy retail development in Clacton. The site also includes an automated petrol filling station and a large car park with four electric vehicle charge points.
The build programme has been fully designed in BIM with all consultants working in collaboration software system Autodesk Revit, resulting in the production of seven fully annotated 3D models.
ISG is acting as Asda’s information manager, collating all digital information and coordinating clash detection with the project consultants.
ISG said that full Level 2 BIM implementation was expected to generate significant efficiencies during the pre-construction and delivery stages. Modelling will enable design co-ordination and clash detection, while materials can be quantified in real time as models develop, aiding cost management. The addition of time scales (so-called 4D programming) will connect the 3D models to the build programme to show week-by-week progress. ISG’s in-house tablet-based snagging system logs and assigns work instantly to help manage quality.
The BIM process enables ISG to co-ordinate all asset information to enable a digitised handover that will integrate with Asda’s facilities management systems.
“The Clacton-on-Sea project represents the culmination of a journey by Asda into advanced collaborative working practices, where ISG has played a key role as a trusted project partner and influencer,” said Rob Martin, ISG’s Western regional managing director.
“In a sector where operational costs and asset management are critical, BIM not only creates efficiency benefits during the build phase but also throughout the service life of the store and we are thrilled to be working with Asda on such a milestone project.”