Immingham Team Wins Top IT Award
3 December 2015
The Costain team working on the A160 Port of Immingham Improvement scheme in north Lincolnshire, on behalf of Highways England, has scooped a prestigious Hammer in the 2015 Construction Computing Awards.
Now in their 10th year, the awards showcase and reward the technology, tools and solutions used in the design, construction and maintenance of building and civil engineering projects of all sizes. The Costain Immingham team won Best Use of IT in an Infrastructure Project for its innovative use of BIM (Building Information Management).
“We were delighted to win this award, which recognises the work we have done as an early adopter of BIM,” says Craig Snow, Project Manager.
“All of the works have been designed in 3D and linked to our project management database to create a fully interactive 3D model that brings together all the information we need. If we click on, for example, a pipeline on the model, we can instantly bring up all the records, statistics and photographs relating to that pipeline from the database. It ensures there are no co-ordination errors.”
The Immingham team didn’t stop there however. It also added time-linked information such as schedules to create a 4D model, and then linked in cost-related information to produce a 5D model that allowed everyone to visualise the progress of the project and related costs. The final stage, a 6D model, adds in asset management information.
It is, says Craig, “a fantastic tool for communicating with stakeholders. Our customers can now easily navigate around all the asset information, which previously was scattered around different databases.
“Our awards submission demonstrated to the judges that we really are at the cutting edge of BIM.”
Craig, along with members of the Costain project team and representatives from Highways England and project partners Mott MacDonald Grontmij (MMG) and Jacobs attended the ceremony at the Russell Hotel in London to collect the award.
The Highways England project aims to reduce traffic congestion and improve access to the Port of Immingham.
Costain Communications Department