Sisk in association with RKD Architects picked up the BIM Excellence Award at the 2018 Irish Construction Excellence Awards for the development of a large data centre campus for a major Multinational Cloud Infrastructure and Operations client.
The Irish Construction Excellence Awards celebrate the best in Irish Construction and deliver a rigorous credible process of assessment.
This multinational data centre project was designated as the pilot scheme project of BIM best practice for any future data centre projects for this client. It will be used as a benchmark project to record benefits and successful practices resulting in efficiencies in the full lifecycle of the facility.
This project focused on understanding and meeting the Client’s end user requirements through a process of “beginning with the end in mind”. The Client had an ambitious construction programme with a start date of October 2015 and handover date of December 2017 and through the collaborative planning and the use of 4D BIM Sisk were fit to deliver this complex project on time. The construction budget was agreed at the start and there was a weekly report on the financial aspects of the project which we would report on construction cost.
The key to the overall success was the close relationship and synergy Sisk had with RKD Architects and their leadership of the design team.
RKD Architects were responsible for the coordination of their design and were appointed as the overall AE design lead to ensure commonality in approach.
To successfully implement BIM on the Multinational Data Centre Campus, a BIM Execution Plan (BEP) was produced, which was developed and coordinated by Sisk and RKD, designed to specifically address obligations, methodology, targets, responsibilities and information exchange procedures.
The Client has seen the added value Sisk’s BIM process brings to the project and will use this Irish data centre project as a benchmark for BIM across their data centre campus locations globally going forward. The Client can already see the future benefits they will have when provided a data rich Asset Information Model (AIM) at hand-over. Sisk, in conjunction with RKD have demonstrated their BIM Process and Strategy to the Client’s Design Team and general contractors from around the world.
Sisk have successfully achieved and met their objectives:
RKD's BIM Manager for the project, Nuala Farrell, said, "Utilising BIM for this project has enabled better collaboration with all disciplines. The major advantage has been the early collaboration with the MEP coordinator and design team for coordination for CSA/MEP interfaces, eliminating clashes through early detection in coordination reviews, reduction in RFI volumes, better visualisations through improved design & constructability reviews, health & safety improvements through safer coordination of activities on site and complex integration of electrical/mechanical services with communications & security install. Working within a common data environment has ensured a better working environment to achieve excellent BIM standards.
Our highly specialised expertise and innovation in this area allows us to deliver energy efficient facilities that optimise people, material and product flows. We possess extensive technical experience, developed through close relationships with global industry leaders."