Wynne Construction's decision to become an early adopter of the full BIM Level 2 process has attracted the attention of a respected national magazine.
For Education Design and Build has published an in-depth case study of the company's project to design and build a £10m 'super-school' in Holyhead.
Headlined 'BIM investment pays off for Wynne,' the feature explains: "An expected steep learning curve…was made additionally challenging by the selection of a project comprising a Grade 2 listed derelict former school as its first Level 2 compliant job."
The article also covered the upfront investments of time and money committed at the outset to train Wynne personnel, as well as staff at client, Anglesey Council, in Level 2 compliance requirements.
The new school, which has 540 primary pupils plus 70 nursery pupils, replaced three separate primary schools and opened in September 2017.
Wynne Construction used the cutting edge technology to reduce waste and save time during the construction. The benefits were felt from the start of the scheme, as BIM enabled a cloud-based survey of the existing building that took just one day - much shorter than using the traditional method.
Engineers were also able to apply BIM technologies and processes to create a 3D virtual model of the building, enabling identification of a 75mm misalignment in a wall within the existing listed building. Because BIM enabled them to learn this before construction started, it meant they could amend the design of the steel frame before it was built and installed.
The article also examined how Wynne Construction worked with Anglesey Council and their North Wales-based supply chain partners, to gather data within the BIM software information such as design specification and materials, that will help keep on-going maintenance costs down.
The article quotes Anglesey Council architectural services manager Gareth Thomas saying: "We will have all the information to hand going forward. It will be so easy to capture the necessary data to maintain or change any element of the building in future. Maintenance resources will be greatly reduced."
Wynne Construction managing director, Chris Wynne, said: "Interest from a national media outlet like this shows that our investment is already paying off. BIM Level 2 compliance is good for business."
The school has been partly funded by the Welsh Government through the 21st Century Schools Programme, and is part of the Welsh Government's £200m Schools and Public Buildings Contractor Framework for North Wales.