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.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 Metsec’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.
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. “We strictly adhere to the standards of the British Standards Institute, however our specific use of BIM has been further developed in house to meet and exceed the individual requirements of our customers”, says Richard Allen, Marketing & Business Development Director.
The award is 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”, says Managing Director Neil Richardson.
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)
"Der Einsatz von BIM bekräftigt unseren Anspruch, im Rahmen der Digitalisierung unsere Prozesse und unsere Kommunikation mit unseren Kunden weiter zu entwickeln."