A scheme being designed by Opus International Consultants (Opus) for the Royal National Lifeboat Institute (RNLI) has been shortlisted in the British Construction Industry Awards in the category, BIM project application.
As a finalist, St Davids Lifeboat Station is recognised for its use of BIM to bring greater certainty to the cost and delivery of the project. This is especially important to enable the RNLI to make the best use of their resources, which are entirely funded by public donations. Opus is providing civil and structural engineering services for the design of the new lifeboat station.
The project team built a fully coordinated 3D model, of the proposed building and existing cliff and seabed profiles, to bring together all the 2D work packages into a single coherent environment. Images from the BIM model were also used to communicate with local stakeholders how it would be constructed and what the completed project would look like.
In addition, the RNLI was keen to consider Facilities Management at design stage to improve their current way of managing their working assets through their whole life. Therefore, St Davids project was identified as the template to be used on future projects.
Contractor, BAM Nuttall Limited, applied for the award on behalf of the RNLI project team. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony at Grosvenor House Hotel on 14 October 2015.