Our Ways of Working
From IFC BIM-compliant models in the UK, 3D Revit models in the U.S.A and visualisation technologies in the Middle East, read more on how we’ve evolved our ‘ways of working’.
Our Ways of Working
Engineering Design – Embracing technology
In response to the changing pace of the industry, which includes the widespread adoption of BIM in the UK, new energy targets worldwide, and a global commitment to infrastructure development; RMD Kwikform has evolved its technological capabilities to further service its customer’s and the global construction market.
New Ways of Working
Our service-driven technology is a solution born out of our customer’s needs for new, smarter solutions that ensure a streamlined approach to handling projects. Particularly in regard to tackling health and safety, high-risk projects and collaboration.
Through advancements in ‘visualisation technologies’, including virtual and augmented reality, we ensure ongoing, and consistent communication across the supply chain. By placing all designs in ‘the cloud’, we’re able to communicate and share information in real-time with people across the globe, rather than relying on the physical delivery of information or email. The technology simplifies communications; design is iterative by nature, and mistakes can be born out of misunderstandings – reduce the misunderstanding and you reduce mistakes, lost time, remedial work and cost.
Despite the visual aids presented through the adoption of BIM Level 2, virtual reality allows for even further progression, as the contractor will physically be immersed in the virtual site. We’re removing an entire process consisting of delivering designs to site, answering queries and redesigning if necessary; as we see more and more complex structures presented by architects, in relation to dimensions and curvature of buildings, this ‘new’ process is formidable in delivering understanding for the customer and designers.
In relation to equipment, as costs and timeframes within construction get tighter, communication in regard to logistics and the delivery of kit is essential. Particularly when it comes to time-sensitive and often restricted sites, such as rail and high-rise projects, concise coordination from the design office, delivery teams and on-site personnel, is paramount.
The Impact of BIM
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a vital facet in ensuring cost efficiencies, carbon footprint reduction and the overall performance and management of any operation in construction. Regardless of the varying positions on BIM across our global markets, the core challenges of our customers and main contractors run parallel.
We’ve started to see the roles of suppliers change as client and main contractors require much more visibility and data from construction sites. Due to the requirements of BIM and the adoption of digital processes, it is no longer our role, as a formwork and shoring provider, to simply ‘provide products and a solution’. It is now our responsibility to interact with the entire supply chain to support the design, processes and overall method of construction.