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IND 1: Digital Transformation with BIM - the Contractor Perspective
Wednesday, 10/Jul/2019:
9:00am - 11:00am

Session Chair: Daniel Hall
Location: Imperial 1

Session Abstract

Hear from three leading contractors about how Building Information Modeling and other digital tools has led to digital transformation of their projects and organization. These presentations will be followed by a panel discussion, moderated by Prof. Daniel Hall. 

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Long-Term Digital Transformation Processes at DPR

Peter Schneider, Sourabh Patodi

DPR Construction Europe,

DPR Construction, founded 1990, currently generates around 6.5B$ Revenue (2018). In the US DPR is active in SPW (Self Perform Work), such as Drywall, which allows for vertical integration - and subsequently larger value. The company is going through a rapid growth, including International activity, in Europe and Asia. The European Region, currently active as a General Contractor without SPW, can leverage from vast experience in the use of Technology and Innovation in the US. Nonetheless, Europe poses cultural and market specific challenges that require specific solutions. In the first year of activity a positive result was reached, and technology has been an integral and uncompromised component of all projects. This includes all coordination efforts based on VDC methods, laser scanning, use of VR and drones. For the future development, it is necessary to create a broader framework, by including clients and subcontractors into technological efforts. Further decisions on strategic direction must consider disruptive developments on the market. One central consideration is on how to integrate the supply chain - either by acquiring SPW or by integrating suppliers through platforms. These challenges will be discussed in the presentation, having in mind the advantages and disadvantages of market entry of an US company in Europe.

Connected Construction - Digital Mindset

Sergio Vinicius Pinheiro1,2

1University College Dublin, Ireland; 2BAM Ireland

To be added

Application of technology in Design & Build Construction Industry

Somnath Nandan

TATA Projects Limited, India

"This proposal showcases how Building Information Modelling and IT-Supported Architectural and Engineering Design have been utilized in a construction company in India. Tata Projects is a USD 2bn EPC company primarily working in India in infrastructure sector mainly in bridges, MRTS elevated & underground, building and airports. The UI divisional engineering department has two tasks, firstly tender stage design and preparation of BOQ and secondly once the project is awarded deliver the detailed design and construction drawings including enabling works in time and budget. It is increasingly become necessary to adopt new technology to enhance the efficiency of delivery.

Autodesk Revit has been used in several infrastructure projects to develop the 3D model and utilize it for understanding complex geometry, quantity take off, modelling electro mechanical components for clash detection (Navisworks).

Revit 3D tool is also used to model the construction sequence for major marine bridge projects and also for site logistic planning.

Civil 3D is used for aircraft movement path analysis to check taxiway geometry in airport.

Glimpses will be shown for the following projects:

Lucknow Metro Contract LKCC06 – 1.86km twin tube bored tunnel and 3 underground stations (USD 180m)

MTHL 7.798 km long 6 lane (2 x 3 x 14.9m wide) sea link bridge in Mumbai India (USD 806m)

AAI Allahabad Airport new terminal building, apron, taxiway, land side developments (USD 22m)

Housing project in Pune India (USD 28mn)

In addition to this we are trying to utilize the same 3D model as a project monitoring tool (4D) by connecting it to construction programme. We have faced many challenges to implement such things. Once we establish the above as a regular practice we want to use 4D as a planning tool for all projects. In long term we also plan to utilize CADS-RC with Revit for bar bending schedule and then connect it to some automated cut/bend machine. We also want to explore the use of virtual reality (VR) in real life projects."

Panel Discussion on Digital Transformation with BIM: the contractor perspective

Daniel Hall

ETH, Switzerland

Panel Discussion

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