Consulting engineers are competing in a 48-hour virtual challenge using BIM.
Multi-disciplinary consulting engineering firm, Patrick Parsons, is one of six teams participating in Build Newcastle Live – a Building Information Modelling (BIM) design competition that sees entrants battle it out to create a fully conceptualised and costed building model incorporating architectural, structural and building services elements in just 48 hours.
The concept behind Build Newcastle Live – which runs until 18th March – is similar to the previous Build Sydney Live and Build Qatar Live competitions, where teams compete on a virtual project using the Asite collaborative cloud platform to complete a series of BIM-based project tasks.
The event, devised by BIM consultancy WYG and BIM4SME, aims to showcase talent, best practice and promote education in the BIM environment. It gives SMEs the chance to engage with the collaborative BIM process, enabling them to see its strengths and the efficiencies its implementation can bring in a risk-free, virtual environment.
Newcastle headquartered Patrick Parsons is part of the NE1forBIM team, which also includes BIM Academy, Edwards Architecture, Northumbria University, Summers Inman, Surgo Construction, Xtralite, Howard Russell Construction, One Associates, TGP Landscape Architects, BCM, i2C, Ryder Alliance and NBS.
The team has been given the brief for a multi-use development on a stretch of land along Newcastle’s Quayside, with the challenge being to transform this site into a new and imaginative flagship project.
Their task is essentially to turn a blank sheet of paper into a virtual construction package, incorporating design, cost and scheduling information and exploiting the use of BIM, within the short timeframe.
The results will be judged by a panel headed up by the BIM Task Group’s Mark Bew and David Philp at the end of the week. Prizes will be awarded in six different categories, including the overall Build Live Award; Best Use of BIM for Innovation; BIM for Sustainability and Constructability and Best Use of BIM for Design, Drama and Excitement.
Jonnie McGill, principal structural engineer at Patrick Parsons, said: “We are pleased to be participating in Build Newcastle Live. The competition provides a unique opportunity for us to collaborate with – and learn from – other organisations with varying levels of BIM experience, and it looks set to be an exciting yet challenging 48 hours.
“We are enjoying the process so far and look forward to showing what we can do with the team’s collective expertise and use of BIM.”