Since July 2015 WDI has been a forerunner with the implementation of BIM Level 2 across the business, and will continue to champion this in the future.
In common with the entire Willmott Dixon Group, we will assist in developing people’s BIM skills both internally with our staff and externally with our supply chain partners. We consider a capable supply chain to be a crucial component to successfully deliver BIM projects. We will support them in their journey of education, up-skilling and finally contributing to the successful delivery of BIM projects in collaboration with the wider design and operations teams. The outcome of this exercise is to ensure that our supply partners become equally BIM literate and embrace the same vision as ourselves. Thus synergy and alignment in the belief of BIM becomes our common language and efficiency becomes a natural way of working for us all.
In 2016 we partnered with BIMBOX and held eight BIM dedicated workshops which was attended by members of our supply chain partners. This has allowed for attendees to grasp a further understanding of the BIM process and its values during the progressive stages of the design process and then ultimately delivering the completed project.
From the onset, it has been our intention to hold small informal BIM learning sessions in which collective collaboration and interaction learning is the focus, where the individual is important rather than these being dictatorial session.
We have split the supply chain partners into three distinct groups, each of which we recognise will have their differing requirements:
- TIER 1 – Labour, Supply & Design – for example M&E subcontractors required to provide a full spectrum of Level 2 compliant models and documentation as well as use supporting software and processes
- TIER 2 – Labour & Supply – for example internal door manufacturers required to provide COBie compliant ‘objects’, structured data and to be able to access documentation via a CDE as well as make use of field BIM applications
- TIER 3 – Labour Only – for example carpet fitters required to access the latest documentation from the CDE application and make use of field BIM applications
By tiering the supply chain, we can be certain that we are promoting the most appropriate solutions to maximise the effectiveness of their individual skills.
We have endeavoured to establish BIM assessments for each Tier and these assessments will be scored and incorporated in the Project Implementation Plan as part of the pre-contract BIM execution plan. This will provide clarity on any gaps within our supply chain that needs to be strategically addressed or mitigated as required for upcoming projects.
It is very important for Willmott Dixon Interiors to understand the BIM capabilities of our Supply Chain Partners and for us to accurately present this information back to potential customers as part of their tender responses. We are pleased to advise that a rollout of further supporting workshops for the remaining supply chain partners will be launched in 2017.
“We found the Willmott Dixon Interiors BIM workshop informative and beneficial. It was also a good sounding board between other trades and their individual approaches to BIM.” Briggs Amasco’s design team
“The BIM workshop I found to be extremely helpful, it gave me a great understanding in how BIM has been introduced and used across the whole construction programme. As we have recently had some of our products BIM modelled It was great to understand more about the process, BEP and COBIE and also how important it is to ensure the data supporting your product is complete and accurate” Matthew Bush – Dlinexsign
“I attended BIM Workshop in November 2016 and found the course to be excellent. The structure was interesting and informative. Both of the course facilitators were knowledgeable and engaging. This was my first experience of BIM Training and I would have no hesitation in attending further relevant sessions.”
Patrick Kerrigan-Regal Construction 2000 Ltd