Knowing from the outset that the Helical team were committed to using digital construction from the earliest project stages meant the data set could be designed specifically for the digital twin. WSP established and led data governance and standardisation which meant the data was transferred seamlessly from the construction phase models, to an active operational twin that was connected to Wi-Fi and other IoT sensors and smart systems in the building.
While the original intent behind using digital construction was to support the development of London’s smartest office building, the reality of breaking ground on this project in 2020 meant that having the BIM models and digital twins available ensured all the project teams could limit the number of people required on-site and remain coordinated remotely, staying fully informed and maintaining project control.
This meant that despite the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic, the building was completed within the original budget and timescales.
For example, WSP provided highly detailed 4D simulations, which allowed the client to understand how the complex MEP systems, manufactured off-site, were to be installed. Four videos detailing plant installation in the basement, riser installation, typical floor MEP installation and plant positioning on the roof allowed the contractor to understand the best install sequence.
The benefit of this approached saved fourteen weeks of the programme.