In the process of digitalisation, voestalpine is not only changing its own production processes, but also the communication channels towards its clients. voestalpine Metsec gives a very good example of this development.
Building or infrastructure projects have become more and more complex, requiring firms to manage immense amounts of data across diverse and distributed teams. BIM (Building Information Modelling) enables collective pooling and sharing of information and applying lean principals to construction projects.
voestalpine Metsec’s BIM is a 3D model library of the company’s construction products that can be used by architects and structural engineers within their own designs and models to digitally map a building or infrastructure project over the whole value chain – from the planning and construction phase, subsequent operation and demolition of the building. Thus, BIM improves collaboration and information sharing, gives clients a clearer vision of their complex project and increases their ability to make decisions.
With the help of voestalpine Metsec’s BIM, customers can create a detailed digital 3D-prototype of a building or infrastructure project. This intelligent design process reduces costs across the project and the entire lifecycle. The benefits to voestalpine Metsec are ensuring early specification of Metsec’s products and services and more transparency of a project meaning more visible delivery schedules and leaner production.
Multi-award winning system
Digital Construction Award 2019
voestalpine Metsec has won the BIM / Digital Construction Award at the Offsite Construction Awards Ceremony, held at Future Build 2019 at Excel, London. voestalpine Metsec was one of five companies from the industry shortlisted for the award and a panel of judges announced voestalpine Metsec was the winner at the event on 5th March, 2019 and was awarded for its commitment to Building Information Modeling but also reinforcing the company’s position as one of the leading exponents in the digitization of construction.
BSI Kitemark award for BIM system
In November 2017, voestalpine Metsec was the first company in the UK to be awarded the BSI Kitemark for its BIM system. This award ensures that voestalpine Metsec’s BIM complies with all latest standards in the UK.
These award are also proof of the company’s focus on quality and progressiveness.
"Our early adoption of BIM is reaffirming our commitment to innovate, through digitalisation, our processes and our communication with our customers, which ensures our position as a thought leader. We are not only able to deliver all the necessary information and 3D models, but we are also able to offer advice on the whole BIM process and fully support our customers along their digital journey."
voestalpine Metsec’s BIM is already in use in the following projects:
- Queen’s Square (mixed use development in Bristol)
- University of Northampton (student accommodation)
- University of Kent (student accommodation)
“BIM is part of our strategic vision and position of voestalpine Metsec at the forefront of the industry, leading the way in digital and technological development and providing customers with unrivaled advice and support.” Steve Clark, South-East Regional Sales Manager
Our path to a green future
We are upping the pace of emissions reduction. greentec steel from voestalpine is Austria’s largest climate protection program. Starting in 2027, this program will reduce Austria’s annual CO2 emissions by almost 5%. 2024 marks the start of the partial shift from the blast furnace to the electric arc furnace (EAF) route—once unresolved funding issues in Austria are clarified.