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Date
2016
Region
UK
Sector
Research
Budget
< £1m
Themes
Collaboration
Contact
Colin Rice
Team
HoloVis International, Hyde Housing Ltd, WMG (Warwick Manufacturing Group)
Awards
Building Awards BIM Initiative of the Year (2016)

Immersive Visualisation in Construction (IVIC) is a research project supported by InnovateUK.

Immersive Visualisation in Construction

BIMspace is the outcome of the IVIC research project supported by InnovateUK under the call 'Rethinking the Build Process'. Our starting hypothesis was that immersive visualisation techniques that have greatly benefited the automotive industry could be refined and transferred at a lower cost point to the construction industry.

Construction has never been more exciting or more challenging. As we respond to climate change and pressure on resources, performance requirements have increased (low carbon, resource efficient, inclusive design), but clients need their buildings delivered faster and for less. 

To optimise design, designers and constructors must work together as never before. BIM is helping the construction industry do that.

A short film about the IVIC research project

BIMspace

BIMspace is a collaborative meeting space where a large multi-screen set up brings multiple sets of data in front of decision makers, enabling them to make better informed decisions and streamlining the design and construction process. 

A BIM model is more than just a 3D model. The many dimensions of its embedded data - geometry, performance attributes, time, cost, safety etc - need a new tool to support their visualisation. BIMspace is that tool. It allows the clients, designers and constructors to make better informed decisions, reducing abortive work. 

BIMspace comprises three very short-throw projectors driven by a single powerful PC linked to servers, locally or in the cloud. Three hard wearing projection surfaces display the data. One of these has a proprietary infrared mark-up facility to capture decisions - or to use as a digital whiteboard. A camera means the space can be used for virtual meetings. 

A pilot facility in the Cullinan Studio office proof-tested the concept and is now used on projects at all stages and scales. It supports our day to day management meetings too. 

Our initiative has been tested on a live project, the new National Automotive Innovation Centre for the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre. Since a pilot installation was set up on site in spring 2015, the BIMspace has hugely facilitated the coordination of the work on this highly complex £80M project being constructed by Balfour Beatty.

The IVIC research team: Cullinan Studio (architect and research lead partner), HoloVis International (hardware and software development), WMG (academic research partner), Hyde Housing Association (Initial Case Study Client).

"Any time if there is a significant issue that they pick up on site that they can't solve, they can come back to the BIMspace with the foreman and discuss it further, and if required we can get the design team involved to help resolve whatever issues come to light."

Peter Huttley, Design Manager, Balfour Beatty

 

"We can review what we have live built back in the BIMspace against what is in the model and we can do a comparison, which is all in that effort to get right first time, good quality, with the right client expectations and hopefully built on time, built on budget"

Matt Johnson, Project Manager, Balfour Beatty

BIMspace: Getting it right first time