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Dark and true and technological is the North: Digitising the region

At a recent Constructing Excellence breakfast event we held, we were particularly struck by a statistic from a recent McKinsey Global Institute (MGI) study which proposed that in terms of digitisation, the construction industry lags dramatically behind those in other classically undigitalised sectors and in fact ranks only above farming and agriculture. Having been heavily involved in promoting digital construction across the region and beyond we felt that in light of this statistic it was important to explore our impression of where the industry is and specifically where Yorkshire and Humber currently places in order to meet the demands of the future.

Screen shot from MyConsole presentation at Constructing Excellence breakfast event on 26th April 2017.

We at Constructing Excellence Yorkshire and Humber (CEYH), part of the Leeds Beckett University School of Built Environment and Engineering have been running digitally focussed events through our thinkBIM network for over five years now and have overseen a massive growth in digital uptake across the region. Originally set up as a network to promote the advancement of BIM (Building Information Modelling) our remit has broadened to highlight new technologies and digital processes and their current and future uses.

When we started, the events were definitely for the innovators and early adopters, particularly in larger companies with SMEs being a little unsure of dipping their toe in the water; early problems being the choices of software available, balancing the cost of adoption with business needs and lack of clarity in contractual BIM requirements – all issues which we have had to address through events and targeted 1:1 support. As the network has expanded though, so has the industry’s understanding of the benefits of digital adoption, and this along with the publishing of the Digital Built Britain strategy in 2015 has helped to demystify some of the processes and improved knowledge and uptake of digital tools and processes across the region.

Even in these early days of digital adoption we saw how local organisations were at the cutting edge of the technological innovation that was unfolding. Not always on the large and prestigious projects but on smaller schemes like the laser scanning of the Orangery in Wakefield by DLA Design which showed what was possible already. We also witnessed the great work done by BAM at First Direct Arena working with their designers, structural steelworkers and precast concrete manufacturers who collaborated together using coordinated models form each organisation to resolve issues with the design, create and more effective design and improve the outcomes for the site team. By working together the team delivered an innovative and award winning venue for the city of Leeds.

Federated model image submitted by A1L2B, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture, as part of their winning entry in CEYH Awards 2015

The region has also seen the digitisation of infrastructure schemes too. The award winning A1 Improvement scheme from Leeming to Barton, a Carillion Morgan Sindall Joint Venture demonstrated many new and innovative ways to use digital data to assist with stakeholder engagement as well as collecting real time digital quality records during the course of the works too. Over at Immingham, Costain used the combined, federated, model of their scheme to accurately and successfully plan a 76 hour possession over Christmas 2015 where the team jacked a 5000 tonne bridge into place under the busiest freight railway line in the UK. All this was achieved by creating a digital programme that was meticulously planned, checked and reviewed by the project team, Highways England and Network Rail.

Solius Group virtual reality demonstration at thinkBIM conference in April 2017

More recently the thinkBIM network has been able to lift the lid on the future with demonstrations of Augmented Realities and Virtual Realities. These technologies are actually starting to become widespread too as more and more businesses start to see ways to use gaming technology for customer engagement, construction rehearsals and health and safety briefings as well as for operations teams to better understand the assets that they are maintaining with a level of efficiency previously unheard of. #itsBIMupNorth not just a hashtag but proof that Yorkshire really is a centre of excellence for the digital delivery of projects.

But the key thing here is not the technology, but the people behind it. As Steve Jobs once said “Technology is nothing. What’s important is that you have a faith in people, that they’re basically good and smart, and if you give them tools, they’ll do wonderful things with them”. From a niche group of technically minded people the thinkBIM network has grown to reflect and support a much wider community focussed on working more efficiently and who adopt a whole lifecycle approach not just procuring data for the physical asset alone. And here-in lies the challenge going forward, ensuring the industry is constantly recruiting and upskilling the individuals and teams who are able to exploit the opportunity technology offers.

Let us know your thoughts of where the industry is and where it needs to be and where you see the future of digital technologies for construction.

 

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Factory 2050: “The Factory of the Future”

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Thursday 30th March 2017

 

AMRC Factory 2050, Sheffield – S9 1ZA

08:30 for registration, 09:00-10:30 

Refreshments provided!


Factory 2050 is a smart factory and arguably the world’s most advanced production facility.

Completed in late 2015 it is a joint venture between the University of Sheffield and Boeing and has been a catalyst for future investment within South Yorkshire’s buoyant advanced manufacturing district.

It is the UK’s first totally reconfigurable, digital factory for collaborative research and provides a world class environment for robotics and automation, integrated large volume metrology, digitally assisted assembly and manufacturing informatics.

 

It was also a game changer project for Interserve within Yorkshire, their first project for the University of Sheffield and their first advanced manufacturing project within the region.

The project has been a huge success; it was delivered safely, on time and within budget whilst overcoming a number of challenges associated with a circular building and a logistically complex site.

The excellence of the outcomes achieved along with the collaborative approach adopted, recognised by the project being crowned the National Constructing Excellence ‘Building Project of the Year’ in 2016.

Please join us on Thursday 30th March at Factory 2050, where the Interserve project team will present a case study on the project and provide a tour of the facility.

             


To get involved join us at

AMCR Factory 2050, Sheffield S9 1ZA

Thursday 30th March 2017 08:30-10:30

Click here to book your place for this not to be missed event!


Planning Network Master Class: Planning and housing strategies in the combined authorities -16th February, Leeds

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Thursday 16th February 2017
17:30 – 19:30
The Rose Bowl (5th floor), Lecture Theatre RB538,
Leeds Beckett University,  Woodhouse Lane,
Leeds LS1 3HB

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What has been the impact of city devolution on planning and housing strategies? What new approaches have been taken by the combined authorities and what benefits have they seen?
 
Chair: Jane Kettle, Housing Consultant and Researcher
Our Panel:
 
Colin Blackburn, Head of Infrastructure & Investment, West Yorkshire Combined Authority
Anne Morgan, Planning Strategy Manager, Greater Manchester Planning & Housing Team
Tony Stacey, Chief Executive, South Yorkshire Housing Association
Followed by Q & A with the Panel

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CEYH returns to Hull for a Construction Act Update with Gosschalks Solicitors

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Join us in Hull for our first breakfast seminar for the rejuvinated Constructing Excellence Humber sub-region

12th November 2015, 08:00-09:30

For our first breakfast event in the Humber region we are pleased to have partnered with Gosschalks solicitors to bring you this FREE update on the Construction Act.

Led by an experienced team of contentious and non-contentious lawyers, this event will focus on a number of significant and recent case law developments which affect payment under the Construction Act and will provide you with useful tips to follow in order to avoid some of the most common and costly pitfalls.

Attendees will gain an overview of the current legislation on payments, entitlements under interim applications and tactical tips on drafting contract ammendments to protect your position.

If the prospect of free legal advice isn’t mouth-watering enough, those kind folks at Gosschalks are also providing breakfast butties (with a choice of sauces!) to help kick-start your day.

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Gosschalks Solicitors, Queens Gardens, Dock Street, Hull

East Yorkshire, HU1 3DZ

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Celebrating another year of construction success throughout the region

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On Friday 11th October 2013 over 240 construction guests attended the CEYH 2013 Awards held at The Marriot Hotel in Leeds, presented by Harry Gration. We would like to thank all the sponsors, judges and for those of you who submitted entries and we are delighted to announce the winners below.

Health and Safety Award – BAM / Morgan Sindall

Innovation Award   – Turner & Townsend

Legacy – Sustainability Award – LILAC and White Design

SME Award – The Stable Company

Achievers’ Award – Maria Fowler (Morgan Sindall / Grontmij)

Young Achiever Award – Caroline Key (CITB)

Heritage Award – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Project of the Year – Leeds Arena – BAM Construction Ltd

Consultant of the Year – LEDA

Client of the Year – East Riding of Yorkshire Council

Contractor of the Year – BAM Construction Ltd

Value Award – Interserve Construction

Integration & Collaboration Award – Yorkshire Water

Leadership & People Development Award – Henry Boot Construction Ltd

BIM Project of the year – Leeds Arena – BAM Construction Ltd

Best of the Best – Yorkshire Water

Congratulating the overall winners Andrew Arundel Chair of the Yorkshire Constructing Excellence club said,

I congratulate all the shortlisted finalists and particularly the winners of each of the 16 categories. It was a fantastic evening and really showed how the Yorkshire and Humber region is at the forefront of delivering ‘excellence in construction’.

Organised by Leeds Metropolitan University and Constructing Excellence a packed Marriot Hotel hosted the CEYH event which is now firmly established as a highlight of the construction calendar in Yorkshire and Humber. The audience, which included guests from across the public and private sectors, was addressed by Keith Gilson giving the real contractor perspective in current economic climate.

The LILAC project emerged as winner of the Legacy – Sustainability Award a project that the judges felt truly represented ‘sustainable development’. The finished product has provided 20 homes and apartments creating community on the site of an old primary school in Bramley, Leeds. LILAC is the UK’s first affordable, ecological co-housing project. The development of twenty houses and apartments welcomed its first residents back in March 2013, and recently celebrated its official opening event. LILAC, which stands for Low Impact Living Affordable Community, is a cohousing group who have commissioned the housing with the assistance of the Homes and Communities Agency, the Technology Strategy Board and White Design. The design is contemporary and sets a new standard for both environmental performance and house design in suburban environments.

BAM Construction Ltd  , the integrated design, construction and engineering company swept the board winning the top award for its use of technology (BIM – building information modelling) and project of the year – both for its pioneering approach to the build of Leeds Arena.

BAM Nuttall and Morgan Sindall shared the top spot for another critical category – health and safety –  for their joint venture on the M62 managed motorway scheme.

Steve Wheller Design & Planning Director for BAM Construction North said:

BAM are delighted to have won 3 of the prestigious Constructing Excellence Awards for Yorkshire and the Humber Region. We are committed to the Constructing Excellence drive for change in the industry to improve performance in order to provide a better built environment.

“Our delivery of the iconic Leeds Arena, our use of BIM and overall Regional performance have all been recognised as examples of innovation and continued improvement.” 

Other winners at the awards included Yorkshire Water, East Riding of Yorkshire Council, and consultancy Turner and Townsend.

To view pictures of the evening please go to : http://vectorphotography.photoshelter.com/gallery/Excellence-in-Construction/G0000IoJHa8LrI5g

or if you would like information about sponsoring the 2014 Awards please contact us on 0113 8129106 or c.bowles@leedsmet.ac.uk