Optimizing the Design Strategy
The highly complex environment of the data centre requires the highest level of precision. Data centre design engineer, Oliver Titley, and BIM expert, Matt Astle, explained how this and any design strategy can be optimized through a centralized BIM approach. They highlighted the benefits that can be achieved by introducing a building workflow process into the BIM model. These include improved collaboration, with all engineers working on the same model; greater consistency and reduced potential for human error, thus also minimizing construction risks; and the ability to track design progression and instantly monitor the impact of changes. Through the use of custom coding the BIM model also enables automatic reporting and equipment scheduling, making for a much more efficient workflow process, greater cost and time certainty and better quality outcomes.
Oliver and Matt described how they applied this optimized workflow process in the creation of a new data hall from former office space within a 30 year-old site, one of two projects we are currently undertaking for a well-known bank. The project involved the creation of a fully coordinated 3D Revit model, which integrates all the third-party information and includes newly developed automatic processes such as the production of BMS (Building Management Services) points, builders’ work holes and auto scheduling equipment. “While people are familiar with the BIM 3D model it is the opportunity for optimized and automated work flows inside this we see as the future for design,” Oliver concluded. “It’s a work in progress that will evolve with every project.”