Stanton Williams Architects
CAD, Revit and BIM Adoption Strategy at SWA
Stanton Williams is a practice renowned for their clear, modern, understated architecture. The final built product is arrived at through an exhaustive and iterative process of physical and virtual model development. The control exercised in the execution of their architecture is mirrored in the practice graphic style as laid out on their issued drawings.
One of the biggest challenges for Nittygritty BIMgineers™ has been to reconcile the undeniable benefits of the Revit shared modelling environment with these extremely high quality graphic output requirements.
CAD to Revit Transition - Nittygritty 6-Point Plan
Nittygritty have been working with Stanton Williams on a number of high profile projects. Initially we presented a ‘What is BIM?’ CPD to senior staff, followed by a workshop held with the wider practice. We have advised on Information Requirements, Project proposals, Execution Plans and general BIM coordination. Working with Autodesk resellers, we have arrived at a sensible licensing strategy that aligns both with practice requirements and Autodesk’s shift to subscription.
Our BIMgineers™ have created the back end templates and framework to streamline Revit adoption as teams come on stream. This work is ongoing as projects mature and demands change. In the practical realm, a deployment is built to map these resources and is centrally managed from the server by an NGneer™.
Assess and deploy
Training is provided on demand. This takes the form of off-site Essentials training over 3 days to immerse new users in the tools, as well as workshops and CPDs in-situ to enhance skills and solve problems as they arise on a project.
Startup and Training
Our BIMgineers™ work extremely close with the Project team to ensure that their needs are met. At Stanton Williams the practice took the brave decision to remove CAD software from the PCs of those who had moved to Revit projects. This ‘tough love’ approach is the one that will yield the best chance of success – only if the architects have adequate support.
Support is delivered via a weekly on-site visit and backed-up by our BigSupportbox ticket system when we are not on site.
Making it happen
We have started discussing possibilities for early stage massing and design studies using tools like Autodesk Formit as well as exploring visualisation possibilities using Autodesk Cloud rendering and 3rd party products like Enscape.
Nittygritty are also able to help and advise in practical terms on BIM coordination, liabilities and risk. Where SWA have been asked to have a coordination role on projects we have been able to guide them on setting the boundaries on the service they are offering. Further down the road there will be a requirement to implement a Navisworks Manage federated coordination model and associated training and support.
Other Services Provided:
- NGneer™ reporting, planning and strategic advice
- Hardware and software procurement
- Kartessa, asset manager app
- BigFileBox, file transfer app
- BigSupportBox, support management
- TeamWarden, password security
Some Major Projects
Stanton Williams Project Focus:
Stanton Williams designing UCL East, in partnership with London Legacy Development Corp.
This cultural and education district will form a key component to the overall regeneration of Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, creating approximately 3,0000 jobs and a proposed 1.5 million visitors/year.
The expected financial economic boost is close to three billion pounds to Stratford and surrounding communities.
At 33,500 square meters, UCL East will also include a new university museum as well as the very first design school since its inception 188 years ago.
This building will be designed by Stanton Williams utilising BIM best practices and protocols. The 3D design will allow for the University to fully take advantage of the data to propagate facilities management and workplace solutions to:
- streamline the management of buildings, rooms and contents
- increase component/HVAC location efficiency
- reduce maintenance and energy costs
- create specific bespoke vendor and supplier profiles
- increasing supplies’ just-in-time purchasing efficiency and cost savings for bulk buying