Pozzoni Architects break down the barriers of BIM adoption
Pozzoni LLP was an early adopter of BIM in the UK, moving to Revit from Bentley Microstation early in 2006. Since then all The Practices' new build and relevant refurbishment projects have been produced in a BIM environment. Early in 2011 the company was looking for a tool to enable the assembly of models from various sources in various formats as collaborative BIM was starting to gain momentum. Pozzoni evaluated the market leaders and chose to go forward with Tekla BIMsight and has used it successfully on a number of projects since then.
Pozzoni although mainly an Autodesk customer, very much pushes the OpenBIM concept accepting models in any format available to it.
“We even received a 3d DXF file last month” explains IT Director Mark Stodgell. “Tekla BIMsight enables us as a minimum to check IFC models before importing into Revit and now forms an important part of our workflow for clash detection and co-ordination.”
On the left is IT Director Mark Stodgell. He has the strategic responsibility of the project. On the right is the BIM Manager of Pozzoni, James Savage who has the operational responsibility. Mr. Savage also did the actual co-ordination on the project.
Godalming Leisure Centre, Surrey for Waverley Borough Council
As one of a series of new and refurbished leisure centers for a Waverley Borough Council in Surrey this new build scheme has a striking entrance façade encompassing a first floor fitness studio, illuminated at night, looking out over the surrounding streets. The curved wall forming the corner of the studio was key to the success of the design intent and the building information model was used to make sure the production drawings delivered this vision.
Tekla BIMsight was used to bring together the Architectural and Steel fabrication models to ensure the continuity of the design intent as well as for clash detection.'
The first steel fabrication model when co-ordinated with the Architectural model was found to have not fully picked up the curved nature of the façade, being difficult to understand up from traditional 2d drawings. Purlins could be seen puncturing the curving parapet. Several iterations of the model were then exchanged until the design was resolved. Solving these problems ‘virtually’ saved a significant potential cost, though more importantly the changes did not have to be made 15-20 meters up in the air after installation with all the safety issues that would have entailed.
Pozzoni Architects vision that Tekla BIMsight as a professional co-ordination software provides them with a free tool to encourage other consultants to use and be involved in BIM projects, breaking down the barriers to BIM adoption.