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Digitally Twinned Design

Archicad enables brp achitects to create virtual

buildings for their forward-thinking designs

The Hammers 2020

A winning end to a challenging year

Showing Off

Vectorworks Marionette helps Origin

Studios design moving exhibitions

iTwin Design Review

SYNCHRO utilises Digital Twins

for project delivery

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CONTENTS

NOVEMBER/DECEMBER 2020

CONTENTS

ITWIN DESIGN REVIEW 10

Bentley's Digital Twin concept has matured

into a valuable application for leveraging the

data from both real-life construction projects

and digital models, enhancing project delivery

DIGITALLY TWINNED DESIGN 12

Graphisoft's Archicad enabled brp architects

to create a virtual building to refine their

forward-thinking design for a contemporary

home in the middle of Market Harborough

THE HAMMERS 2020 18

It's been an exceptionally challenging and

unpredictable year for everyone in the industry

- but we are pleased to announce that the

2020 Construction Computing Awards winners

have arrived!

THE D-DAY STORY 28

Hillcrest Structural has employed Tekla

Structures' 3D model environment to help

design, detail, fabricate and display a unique

piece of D-Day history

NEWS................................................INDUSTRY NEWS.......................................................................................................6

• SAFETIBASE BOOSTS SAFETY ON HS2 • FIFTH ANNUAL VECTORWORKS DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP NOW OPEN

CASE STUDY.....................................SHOWING OFF..................................................................................................12

• VECTORWORKS MARIONETTE HELPS ORIGIN STUDIOS REFINE THEIR MUSEUM EXHIBITION DESIGNS

SOFTWARE REVIEW.........................THE CASH FLOW CHALLENGE.........................................................................14

• ELEVIA SOFTWARE RECRUITS THE FINANCE DEPARTMENT IN A DRIVE TO IMPROVE PRODUCTIVITY

HARDWARE FOCUS.........................AUGMENTED REALITY ON-SITE.........................................................................20

• TOPCON BRINGS A WHOLE NEW REALITY TO LAYING OUT PROJECT MARKERS ON A BUILDING SITE

SOFTWARE REVIEW.........................PHYSIOWIZARD..................................................................................................22

• PHYSIOWIZARD PROVIDES A CERTIFIED, THOROUGH SELF ASSESSMENT TOOL FOR CONSTRUCTION WORKERS

INDUSTRY COMMENT......................REVERSING THE CHARGES...............................................................................24

• EASYBUILD PREPARES TO IMPLEMENT THE DELAYED HMRC DOMESTIC REVERSE CHARGE

SOFTWARE FOCUS.........................TREATS IN STORE................................................................................................26

• DAVID CHADWICK LOOKS AHEAD TO THE AUTODESK UNIVERSITY RELEASES PLANNED FOR 2021

CASE STUDY....................................WEATHERPROOF INFRASTRUCTURE...............................................................30

• THE LARGEST DIKE IN THE NETHERLANDS HAS BEEN REINFORCED WITH BIM

TRAINING MAP..................................AUTODESK TRAINING.........................................................................................32

• YOUR GUIDE TO AUTODESK TRAINING

SOFTWARE FOCUS.........................AN OBLIQUE VIEW..............................................................................................34

• BLUESKY LAUNCHES AN ONLINE STREAMING SERVICE FOR OBLIQUE PANORAMIC AERIAL IMAGES

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The human asset

by David Chadwick

The ultimate aim of many software

developments over the last decade or

so has been to shave off a couple of

percentage points from the bottom line. BIM

was promoted as a means of coordinating

workflows to bring down the price of

government contracts by anything between

10 and 20%, improving processes and

collaboration and eliminating costly design

and engineering changes. Project

Management and ERP solutions are

designed to cut out wasteful practices and

coordinate schedules and the use of

expensive resources, and in this issue we

have an article about EleVia, who seek to

motivate the accounts department,

encouraging them to energise the cash flow

instead of merely manipulating numbers.

All of this is entirely laudible, as the industry

is tough enough at the moment for any

company having to operate on slender

margins while still handling the rising costs

of materials, environmental concerns, a

shortage of skilled labour, changing energy

requirements and a host of other issues.

And now the ongoing pandemic has

forced us to focus on the another major

factor in the industry - the human asset. The

initial COVID-19 lockdown closed down

much of the industry, which has had as

severe an impact you could expect.

Eventually, with the assessment that

construction is to be considered a vital

industry, building projects have resumed

nationwide. But we have all had to modify

our working habits, whether by introducing

spacially distanced offices (as featured in

our last two issues), working from home

where possible, and dealing with public

transport during a pandemic - not to

mention the challenges of getting people

working together on a building site without

becoming super spreaders.

Some software developers have risen to

the challenge, and we now have health and

safety apps that can be installed on mobile

telephones which monitor how close you are

to other workers and trigger alarms if you

are breaking social distancing rules.

The vital point, though, is that people are

as expensive an asset as any other

resource, and losing a skilled colleague to a

construction related injury (the UK has a

pretty bad record in this regard), or a whole

team who have to self-isolate for a couple of

weeks, would have a major impact on the

progress of any project.

Statistics show that a significant number

of people within the industry have to stay

off work for a period of time, and not just

for preventable injuries that occur on site

(preventable, of course, by using tools that

highlight issues within a typical 3D building

model), but for personal injuries that are

not so evident, but which occur as a result

of overstrain or bad practice in a physical

job that involves the lifting or carrying of

heavy objects.

Musculoskeletal injuries can lead to long

layoffs if untreated, and whilst tissues,

tendons or bones heal they are often difficult

to classify. Hence our article this month on

PhysioWizard, an app that you can

download or which can be provided by your

company's H&R department which allows

any construction worker, or indeed anybody

in any other industry, to self-assess any

aches and pains they might have. It then

produces a report which outlines what the

problem might be and suggests calling the

GP, finding a physiotherapist, or watching a

series of exercise videos designed to

alleviate the problem.

As PhysioWizard is tested and ratified by

the NHS and GP Digital, among other, it

then provides workers with a certified

document - with sensitive medical

information removed - that can be used by

Line Managers to list you as medically

absent, rather than just going AWOL.

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INDUSTRY news

A FLEXIBLE NEW APPROACH FOR SKANSKA UK

Skanska UK's new framework

for flexible working

aims to provide its employees

with more informal flexibility

about where and when they

work. It also allows scope for

people to optimise their personal

productivity, for example

by reducing unnecessary travel

time. Flex-it will support performance

and personal wellbeing,

and help deliver Skanska UK’s

aspiration to become a more

inclusive workplace.

Skanska UK’s commitment to

flexible working began last year

through its partnership with

sector specialists, Timewise,

and participation in Build UK's

programme to create a mechanism

for such working within

the construction industry.

Flex-it marks an important

step on Skanska UK's journey

to creating and implementing

new ways of working that

reflect our changing times and

circumstances. As part of its

response to the pandemic, it

identified that people can be

more productive if they’re flexible

in how they work, for example

by adapting their core

hours to avoid rush-hour travel.

The company's investment in

digital technologies such as

Office 365, has been a key

enabler in this change.

Skanska UK's Executive Vice

President, Harvey Francis said;

"Flex-it gives us greater agility

and flexibility that will allow

people to perform at their best

and marks a significant shift in

working patterns for many of

our people. It supports our

drive to return to full productivity,

as well as contributing to

significantmental healsth and

wellbeing benefits for our

employees. It also helps us

deliver on our pledge to be carbon

neutral by 2045 by cutting

the time our employees spend

travelling to and from work."

www.skanska.co.uk

NEW BASDA GENERAL COUNCIL APPOINTMENT

Carol Massay CEO of Easy-

Build UK has joined the

BASDA General Council. The

Business Application Software

Developers Association

(BASDA) is the only industry

association focused specifically

on supporting the issues of

business software development

organisations.

In May this year EasyBuild

made the decision to join the

BASDA to ensure they had up

to date information on software

development as and when legislation

changes. In Addition to

this, joining the group means

they would be part of a collective

and influential industry

voice, gaining access to specialist

interest groups and

business networking events.

EasyBuild offers the industry

an end to end bespoke construction

software solution.

Built to address the operational,

financial and commercial

management of all types

of construction projects. During

one of their regular meetings

it was mentioned that

they would be replacing a

member of their general council

panel and to Carol's delight

she was voted in as the latest

member of the team.

Carol said "This is a great

opportunity not only for

myself to be around experts

in the key field of software

development, but to have a

voice on any changes which

are coming up."

www.easybuilduk.com

ENSCAPE INTEGRATES VECTORWORKS 2021

The newly released Enscape

2.9 supports Vectorworks

2021, allowing architects,

landscape design professionals

and entertainment designers

to add Enscape to their

Vectorworks planning and presentation

workflows.

"This partnership confirms

our dedication to integrating

new technology that brings

direct benefits to customers,"

said Dave Donley, director of

product technology at Vectorworks.

"Enscape does a marvelous

job with creating nice

workflows and developing

plug-ins that allow users to

add Enscape objects directly

into their Vectorworks models.

We're confident users will

enjoy the Vectorworks 2021

Construction project management

solution provider

Callida has joined the Asite

Ecosystem to advance the

growth of the Asite platform

into the European market. Callida

will act as a Value-Added

Reseller for the Czech Republic,

Slovakia, and other European

markets, helping a magnitude

of organisations across

the construction industry to

streamline their complex projects

in order to help them

build better.

Rob Clifton, Asite SVP for UK

& Europe said: "Asite is excited

to open up this new and

features now that Enscape

fully supports Vectorworks 3D

modeling."

Enscape leverages innovations

in graphics card technology

to instantly transform Vectorworks

models into immersive

real-time 3D experiences.

Vectorworks users can quickly

navigate large BIM models,

and changes made in Vectorworks

are immediately visible

and fully rendered with accurate

materials, lighting and

shadows. As a result, designers

can see in real-time the

effect their design decisions

have on a space and its construction,

helping them validate

their ideas and get to

decision points faster.

www.enscape3d.com

CALLIDA JOINS THE ASITE ECOSYSTEM

exciting growth market with

Callida as a partner. Callida

has been providing complete

construction project management

solutions for over eight

years now. Their experience

and expertise in supplying and

implementing SaaS platforms

to the construction industry is

second-to-none and what

makes them an excellent partner

to help evolve the usage of

the Asite platform globally.

"Our partnership will help the

Czech construction industry to

build better; a journey I'm

thrilled to be a part of."

www.asite.com

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November/December 2020


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INDUSTRY news

SAFETIBASE BOOSTS SITE SAFETY ON HS2

HS2 Ltd has joined forces

with main works contractor

Balfour Beatty VINCI (BBV) and

3D Repo to boost worksite

safety. By harnessing the power

of cloud-based technology and

combining it with unique hazard

management technology, HS2

hopes to make its sites even

safer as it moves into the full

construction phase.

In a move to improve construction

site safety, HS2 Ltd

has backed the development

of advanced 4D learning technology

that enables site teams

to identify, record and resolve

site hazards as part of a virtual

construction sequence evaluation

and training.

The technology, cloud-based

SafetiBase 4D, developed by

BBV and 3D Repo, sees site

workers enter the Mission

Room (pictured), which creates

a four dimensional, 360º virtual

version of a BBV construction

site on HS2's Area North route.

In the safety of an office environment,

workers can then go

on site and explore, discuss

and agree the project's delivery

sequence, identify safety

issues and agree how to

resolve them.

Delivery teams are able to go

inside the Mission Room, and

join remotely via the internet, to

tag hazards at a specific place

and time in the virtual build

sequence. The technology also

provides the ability to click on

the hazard symbol to access

its entire history including

details of progress that has

been made in tackling identified

hazards.

HS2 Ltd senior innovation

manager Dr David Rogers said:

"HS2 places a high priority on

caring for our workforce and

creating an environment where

no one gets injured. This technological

innovation has huge

potential to improve safety on

the project. Immersing teams in

a 4D virtual site enables them

to examine the task and, not

only tag hazards, but hopefully

eliminate them before they

arrive on site, driving a virtuous

circle improving safety and

boosting productivity."

3D Repo's commercial director

Andrew Norrie said: "3D

Repo has been working with

Balfour Beatty VINCI on a HS2-

funded innovation development

to integrate 4D data from Synchro

into 3D Repo. This development

will allow users to

democratise, visualise and

analyse the output of 4D modelling

to the wider project team.

This will enable full cloud-based

collaboration with issues and

risks linked to the 4D timeline."

hs2.org.uk

VECTORWORKS DESIGN SCHOLARSHIP OPENS

Vectorworks has announced

its fifth annual Vectorworks

Design Scholarship. This global

competition is open to

undergraduate and graduate

students in major disciplines

related to architecture, landscape

architecture, landscape

design, entertainment and

interior design who can now

submit either new or old projects

for a chance to win up to

$10,000 USD.

"This year's theme is

"Design. Submit. Win" and we

want students from around the

world to do just that," said

Vectorworks Marketing Programs

Director Alice Lowy.

"This is a prime opportunity for

students to show off their best

work for professional recognition

and more, and we look

forward to seeing what they

come up with."

To apply, students must complete

a quick online application

providing their contact

information followed by details

about their project before submitting

for consideration. A

panel of judges will evaluate

submissions based on design,

Shaderlight Ltd, the developers

of Shaderlight for

SketchUp, the popular rendering

plugin for Trimble

SketchUp, have announced

the release of Shaderlight

2021. The update fully supports

the newly released

SketchUp 2021. In addition to

technology, originality, presentation

and writing.

The competition includes a

two-round judging process.

First-round winners in the UK

will each receive £2,000 and

will be entered for the chance

to win the global grand prize

Richard Diehl Award, worth an

additional $7,000 USD. Scholarships

may be used as winners

see fit from tuition to travel.

Additionally, winners' colleges

or universities will

receive free Vectorworks

Designer software and free virtual

workshop training.

Submissions are open now

through 31 March 2021. Winners

will be announced 16 June

2021. Students can also visit

the academic programs page

to find additional resources to

help with their projects.

www.vectorworks.net

SHADERLIGHT FOR SKETCHUP 2O21

SketchUp 2021 support,

Shaderlight 2021 (v9.0)

includes important updates to

Shaderlight’s portal light feature

making it even more

accurate when rendering interior

scenes.

Kate Jackson, Commercial

Director at Shaderlight Ltd,

said "For 10 years

Shaderlight has provided

users with a rendering plugin

that works seamlessly with

SketchUp. We continue to

build on Shaderlight’s core

technology, making it faster

and more efficient."

www.artvps.com

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November/December 2020


SOFTWAREreview

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iTwin Design Review

Bentley's Digital Twin concept has matured into a valuable application for leveraging the data

from both real-life construction projects and digital models, enhancing project delivery

It has been a fascinating couple of

years watching the concept of Digital

Twins developing from an interesting

idea that neatly described the

possibilities available from the

concurrent development of physical and

digital models, to its current role as one

of the principal drivers of project delivery.

This was borne out by one of the

sessions at Bentley's online Year in

Infrastructure 2020 conference, and in

subsequent chats with the presenters,

Rich Humphrey, Bentley's VP of

Construction Product Managment, and

Mark Hattersley, Senior Director of

Construction Operations. The session

looked at how Bentley Systems'

ProjectWise 365 and SYNCHRO 4D use

the advanced features of 4D Digital Twins

for project delivery.

From concept to reality, with a bit of a

tweak to its name, Bentley has

introduced iTwin Design Review as an

application in its own right and as a

commercial add-on to any of Bentley's

Open series of applications. It can be

used to aggregate application specific

iModels on a cloud based server, and

combine the data within the models with

other design development and

information management tools - in this

case with ProjectWise 365's integrated

design collaboration solution and

SYNCHRO 4D's visualisation software -

to improve design and construction

workflows.

We have previously looked at Bentley's

ProjectWise 365 but not covered

SYNCHRO 4D, a complete portfolio of

integrated software and services which

provides an ideal partner for the digital

twin application. SYNCHRO combines

digital models with information from

PDFs, drawings, GIS and project

management applications to provide

developers and project managers with

an accurate and up to date digital

representation of a building construction

project. Combined with ProjectWise

365's collaborative workflows, and

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November/December 2020


SOFTWAREreview

utilising timeline tools available within

project management applications to

provide 4D scheduling, SYNCHRO 4D

provides an ideal tool for iTwin Design

Review to drive both project design and

construction forward.

PROJECT DELIVERY

There are two parts to any construction

project - the architectural and

engineering design processes and the

physical process of construction,

starting from the first scrape of earth on

site, to completion, handover and

operation. The Digital Twin concept

provides an ideal environment for

developing designs in a 2D/3D

environment, and to then coordinate and

integrate real-life engineering changes

within the digital model.

Bentley's ProjectWise 365 leverages

integrated, cloud-based workflows and

Microsoft's 365 applications to help

project teams store, manage and find

designs among the many thousands of

project documents, and to collaborate

and process feedback in real-time

review sessions.

SYNCHRO is able to build model views

from a variety of sources and produce

visual construction sequences in 4D, and

can compare different stages in the

digital construction of the model with

real-life imagery using Microsoft's

HoloLens 2 reality capture capabilities.

This provides the perfect combination of

real and digital information required to

inform Bentley's iTwin Design Review.

iTwin Design Review works on both

levels. During its design stage, which

Rich Humphey described as iTwin Design

Review for practitioners (available

through ProjectWise 365) it provides an

immersive 2D and 3D environment for

exploring and commenting on the

design. This allows architects and

engineers to mark-up and directly

comment on any element of the 3D

design, referencing in a single display the

relationships between 2D and 3D views

and other information.

The end result is faster design reviews

in 2D and 3D workflows without having to

deal with multiple models and disjointed

workflows. Design Reviews can be

initiated directly from the 3D model using

iModel technology, and from there

colleagues can refer directly to

connected 2D drawings and documents,

providing feedback from all associated

resources - and within a full

multidisciplinary environment.

CHANGES WITHIN A 4D MODEL

Post design, iTwin Design Review for

projects allows construction teams and

contractors to focus on the progress of a

project and capture engineering changes

using ProjectWise Design Integration

Services in conjunction with SYNCHRO

4D to highlight the differences between

the plan and its implementation. It

provides a record of 'who changed what

and when' and enables multidiscipline

collaboration to be conducted throughout

the construction phases of a project.

Microsoft named Bentley as a finalist in

the Mixed Reality category of its Partner

of the Year awards 2019 for its

SYNCHRO/HoloLens 2 solution for 4D

visualisation of project digital twins.

SYNCHRO Cloud Services for

Construction now provides the

information for iTwin's design reviews. It

also enables the use of filters that can be

used to focus on any element of the

design, or on the origin or reasons

behind engineering changes.

Filters can also be used to focus on

individual disciplines or a particular

contractor's tasks to initiate design

reviews, quality assurance/quality control

reviews, or to foster multidiscipline

coordination, and to keep track of

changes, iTwin Design Review can be

used to create named versions of the

model at any point in the project timeline

which can be saved for reference, or

shared with collaborators.

4D planning, using powerful 4D

scheduling and task management

capabilities, helps contractors plan and

optimise the most complex construction

projects in all civil, building, infrastructure

and industrial sectors. It also improves

the safety, reliability, predictability and

quality of all activities on busy

construction projects, saving money by

avoiding rework and identifying schedule

problems in advance.

On-site managers and engineers using

SYNCHRO 4D are able to view and

record the status of tasks, track and raise

issues and synchronise them with the

model, and aggregate all of the

information made available on a

dashboard to facilitate decision making.

FIELD AND CONTROL

An essential element of a digital twin is its

ability to tap into all information sources

that affect its real-life twin and to use that

to maintain its own correlation. The two

SYNCHRO tools which feed that source

are SYNCHRO Field and SYNCHRO

Control. SYNCHRO Field coordinates

field data capture with tasks, maps, and

the building model, keeping regular tabs

on progress and facilitating issue

identification. SYNCHRO Control

provides a single web interface for

collaborating construction teams,

enabling submittals and RFI

management issues to be handled

directly from iTwin Design Review. I

suppose the unsung or understressed

hero of the hour is Completions, which

expedites closeout for construction and

commissioning teams.

AND WHAT OF SYNCHRO 5D?

If SYNCHRO 4D handles construction

simulations that include a time element

what will SYNCHRO 5D include, or 6D?

SYNCHRO themselves mention both 4D

and 5D construction for civil construction

projects, with 5D categorised as

budgetary or resource-based elements.

This would enable SYNCHRO to

encompass both on-time and on-budget

project delivery. The basic elements

would not change and it is well within the

capabilities of its contributing

applications to incorporate costs and

contract management to the workflow -

and to have iTwin Design Review manage

the twinned element between the digital

twin and real-life costs.

The introduction of 6D - a rather more

fanciful vision - might include elements like

people, materials and equipment, or

perhaps health and safety issues. Having

a tool like iTwin Design Review spoils you

for choice.

www.bentley.com

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CASEstudy

Showing Off!

Marionette gives Origin Studios an extra tweak to Vectorworks for their designs for museum

exhibitions.

Having to design a complete

museum and then to dismantle it

and re-erect it elsewhere raises

some interesting logistical problems, but

the use by Origin Studios of Vectorworks

Marionette to configure the layout of the

exhibits, is altogether more interesting.

Linette Brown of Origin Studios, an

exhibition design company located in

Ottawa, Canada, was one of the presenters

at the virtual Vectorworks Design Day,

where a variety of interesting presentations

were made by architectural and landscape

designers who use Vectorworks as their

core design application. Not only did Origin

Studios' work provide a different slant on

architectural design and the requirements

for an unusual operator within the industry,

but I was also intrigued by the reference

made to Marionette within her presentation.

There are two main elements to any

exhibition - the space in which the exhibition

is presented and the purpose and content

of the exhibition itself. Originally, no pun

intended, the company produced 2D

drawings for the exhibitions - a time

consuming and exacting process, as each

of the individual displays had to be drawn in

plan and elevation and given some artistic

flourishes to provide the client with a visual

impression of their brief. If any modifications

needed to be made, the architectural and

artistic representations had to be redrawn.

In addition to the spaces and exhibitry,

images representing the artefacts included

in the exhibitions needed to be added to

each elevation to simulate the views that

visitors would see from multiple angles.

The adoption of 3D modelling using

Vectorworks Architect has transformed the

process completely, with its parametric and

3D capabilities allowing designs to be

created much more simply, modified more

effectively, and displayed or explored from

any angle. The starting point for Origin is

obviously the client's brief and the venue for

their exhibition, which could be a purpose

built location, a temporary gallery, or even,

as you will see from the case study at the

end of this article, a number of convenient

nooks and crannies distributed throughout

a working building. 3D architectural models

may be available from the venues, created

from scratch using Vectorworks Architect,

or built up from a surveyed model using

tools like LIDAR, which, depending on the

client's budget, are usually provided by a

third party company.

EFFECTIVE USE OF SPACE

I would imagine that considerable energy

and heat generated is spent by the client

and Origin Studios in trying to fit everything

they want in the available space. Indeed,

the exercise is not just fitting everything into

the space but fitting and placing it in the

space according to the exhibition's

narrative. This is where Marionette comes

in. Origin Studios has created a workflow

using Marionette's algorithmic capabilities

to create basic models of all the exhibition

artifacts and objects enabling Origin's

designers to accurately predict and place

sometimes hundreds of items in an

exhibition. This, of course, has a substantial

impact on the 3D exhibitry - are the display

cases big enough? Too big? What are the

sightlines to "jewel" objects? How dense are

the displays? etc. Starting with the

dimensions for each object in a

spreadsheet, Brown imports the data -

width, height, and depth - into Vectorworks

and using Marionette, create a whole

collection of individual artifacts that can

then be placed in display cases, on

shelves, or wherever they need to be. The

3D exhibitry is drawn by hand - though they

do work with modular exhibitry as much as

possible - and the objects also need to be

placed manually, but Marionette lets Origin

populate a gallery space with "real" objects,

and quickly.

The individual components for each of the

displays are custom built as well. A panel

unit, for instance, would be built from

scratch, but it would be created on a

separate layer with its own reference

documents. This is done to provide it with

more flexibility so that when it has to be

repositioned within the display unit, the rest

of the display is not affected and doesn't

have to refresh to compensate. In addition,

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large format photos and other graphics,

sometimes encompassing a whole section

of a wall, can be attached to any surface

but need to have a high enough resolution

to maintain the quality of the image.

The ultimate aim is to provide the client

with as lifelike a model as can possibly be

achieved using Vectorworks modelling,

material libraries, and rendering capabilities,

so that they can navigate through the

exhibition to get a feel for what visitors will

see. This means that the items that are the

focus of the exhibition, and any

accompanying graphics, need to be

included in the 3D model. Many of the

objects will be available from the clients

own databases but where they are not, or

where simpler representations can be used,

Origin Studios has developed a number of

tricks that will display 2D objects in a variety

of angles that will mimic a fully populated

display. It is important to stress, though,

Linette said, that the focus is always on

providing the highest levels of quality in the

rendered scenes that they can create to

provide clients with as close a sample as

possible to what they will ultimately build. I

can concur with this as I was unable to

easily distinguish the difference between

Origin Studios' rendered model and the

installation photograph.

I asked Linette whether Origin Studios

used Vectorworks Spotlight lighting design

application for illuminating the exhibits, but

she explained that using such powerful

software would be a bit of overkill for the

bulk of their work - but should the need

arise and if the clients budget allowed it, a

company with the appropriate expertise

would be called in.

TRAVELLING DISPLAYS

Now that you know what is involved in

setting up a permanent exhibition, you can

understand the extra complexity that comes

from putting the exhibition on the road.

Each of the displays has to be capable of

being dismantled and re-erected in another

location and in a different room, which may

be smaller but still uses, as much as

possible, the same material and the same

organization. The graphics may also need

to be moved round or reprinted to

accommodate different configurations, and

all of the space planning that is carried out

for a permanent exhibition has to be

replicated for each of the multiple sites in a

travelling exhibition. In addition, the number

of truck trailers required to move the

exhibition has to be calculated and key

exhibition staff need to know how to

dismantle and install it on site. The

additional costs are, therefore, substantial,

and are factored in by the client who is able

to mount exhibitions and display them to

the public - probably an important factor in

a country that spans six time zones! An

interesting extra fact provided by Brown: the

average lifespan of a travelling exhibition is

around five years.

MULRONEY HALL CASE STUDY

The example of the permanent exhibition at

Mulroney Hall at St. Francis Xavier

University in Nova Scotia, Canada, was

provided by Brown as part of her

presentation. A distributed exhibition was

created for the university building at the

heart of the campus; it's a space where

students spend four years studying public

policy. The exhibition was spread

throughout the main atrium and hallways

of the building in various alcoves and

open spaces. Each display focuses on a

particular aspect of Brian Mulroney's life

and politics. He was Canada's 18th prime

minister and an alumnus of the university.

The inspirational exhibits represented

topics related to the courses they are

studying. Brown worked with the project

architect's architectural model -being

designed and constructed at the same

time as the exhibition was being designed

- and placed exhibitry, graphics, and

objects and artifacts, created using

Marionette, into her Vectorworks file. The

parameters of the building may have

changed throughout the project, but

Brown's Marionette objects were stored

safely on a layer waiting to be

repositioned as the size of display cases

changed.

Another example of the many customers

that have been able to take advantage of

the full range of Vectorworks capabilities

and I am indebted to Brown for explaining

to me how Origin Studios uses Marionette

- a versatile tool that is surprisingly easy

to set up if you understand the logic of

what you are trying to do.

www.vectorworks.net

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SOFTWAREreview

The Cash Flow Challenge

EleVia Software recruits the company's finance department in their drive to improve productivity,

writes David Chadwick

Istarted out in computers selling

accounting systems for Olivetti more

years ago than you really want to

know. Probably the most exciting thing

that these early systems did was to

clock up the payment records of

customers and allocate them to either

being 30, 60 or 90 days overdue. It has

taken right up until now to discover

that taking over control of your

payments and receipts does more

than merely improve your cash flow.

For this enlightenment I have to thank

Ron Noden of EleVia, who I recently

spoke to in a Teams chat. EleVia, now

a part of Battery/Newforma, has clients

in over 40 countries - chiefly the

United States, UK, Europe and

Australia. It was founded in 2009, and

has over 130,000 licensed users.

The software is integrated in Deltek

Vision and Vantagepoint, and its billing

and invoicing applications have been

developed to add improved workflow

to Deltek's already hugely capable

ERP solutions, while maintaining the

company's close relationship with

Deltek Management.

One of the biggest issues facing the

construction industry is late and

outstanding payments. EleVia believes

that improving a company's cash flow

by just a couple of weeks could mean

the difference between the success or

failure of a project. "Forget the old 30,

60, 90 days routine which many

organisations aspire to," Ron said. "If

you haven't been paid within 90 days

you already have a problem."

The Cash Flow Challenge is being

made to change the way companies

think about overdue payments and is

offered to EleVia clients when they

implement the financial management

package. Mentored by EleVia, it

monitors the amount of time that a

company's cash flow shortens - the

Days Sales Outstanding - within the

first few months of using the software.

Ron states that the workflow

efficiencies attributed to EleVia

Software can increase a company's

cash flow by as much as one million

pounds per month.

The finance departments of many

companies handling Accounts

Receivable Management & Collections

(ARM) and Payables Approval &

Tracking (PAT), are not usually

associated with drives to improve their

efficiency, and handle hundreds of

invoices to project partners with

varying degrees of inefficiency using

outdated and cumbersome workflows.

EleVia's software uses similar noninvasive

technology to Newforma to

drive workflow efficiencies in finance

and invoicing, producing notable

reductions in Day Sales Outstanding

(DSO). It does this by measuring from

the time that the work is completed

until the invoice is paid. More

specifically, the Time to Invoice (TTI)

should follow the time that the billable

work has been completed as quickly

as possible. The time of invoice until

the time of collection - Accounts

Receivable (AR) or AR Aging - is then

used as an AR weighted KPI. EleVia

uses both of these as the basis of an

accountable AR Management and

Collections process.

AUTOMATING THE WHOLE

PROCESS

The key to all of this is in automating

the gathering and processing of

invoice information, using mobile

applications to record the time spent

and the time of completion of billable

elements of work. Not only does realtime

billing eliminate the normal

working practice of totting up jobs and

hours worked on time sheets at the

end of the day (or the week!). It

eradicates errors and time wasted

checking whether, for example,

someone who has clocked off early

has actually finished their work or left it

for tomorrow.

EleVia believe that simple automation

of billing can increase TTIs by ten or

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more days a month, and the smaller

number of exceptions that still arise

can be handled more quickly.

TTI also becomes a target. It can be

measured and reviewed frequently and

even included on management

dashboards, and response times can

be used as part of the project

management process, with the aim of

shortening the results.

The invoicing workflow is integrated

with EleVia Electronic Invoicing, which

also helps to reduce TTI days by

integrating the work of field and project

teams within the accounting reporting

system, using a single point of entry

for all of the information required to

fulfil an invoice. Errors are eliminated,

time saved and the information needed

to rectify exceptions is already within

the system.

After configuring the software to

match the requirements of individual

companies, EleVia helps them set up

automated processes which generate

actions like reminder emails sent out

one week before payments are due.

Should companies respond with

queries about the invoice - a familiar

stalling tactic in every industry - the

past couple of years of billing

information can be downloaded and

sent to the client in twenty minutes.

The integration with Deltek Vision, the

ultimate source of truth and which

shares bidirectional links with EleVia's

data, enables any and every query to

be answered.

ENERGISING THE SYSTEM

As nice as it is to bring forward your

cash flow, becoming more proactive in

the way you handle your improved

workflows has other benefits. Your own

accounts team can be energised by

the way in which they can contribute to

a company's moving bottom line

instead of passively recording the daily

flow of invoices and payment receipts.

They will also take onboard the maxim

that 'the quicker you invoice, the

quicker you get paid!'

Contractors and suppliers are

similarly charged by the promise of

quicker payments for their work and

supplies and will respond accordingly.

I have personal experience of this.

Having recently moved home into a

property that required stripping out

completely, I was able to employ the

best local builders when I needed

them because I paid them on the dot

as soon as they had finished a billable

job. I probably saved a couple of

months duration to finish the work in

the process.

IMPROVING THE WORKFLOW

Although the software is supplied out

of the box, there are some

configurable elements that allow

EleVia to implement a client's specific

requirements. Although it is designed

to be customer friendly, a bit of input

from EleVia can ensure that the system

is running at an optimum level.

Speeding up ARM and PAT will

certainly improve a company's cash

flow, but there are other activities that

are ripe for enhancement. The use of

smartphones and tablets on site has

revolutionised the collection of data

and the signing off of goods received

where it occurs. Instead of adding a

signature to a piece of paper which is

then taken back to the supplier for the

invoice to be issued, deliveries can be

inspected and validated on the spot,

and appropriate project files updated.

Work carried out on site is similarly

recorded, indicating the length of time

a particular job has taken and any

resources used to complete it, which

can then be matched to the pay rates

and costs of those who carried out the

work, producing a real-time value of

each item. This results in a massive

improvement in expense cost recovery.

Ron explained that inadequate

collection of costs on sites that do not

use the latest technology to harvest

data were falling short by up to 40% on

cost recovery.

EleVia's website exhorts its users to

"Take the Challenge and dig up some

cash!" It's an appealing thought, and

one that drives home the message to

EleVia's clients: take control of your

workflows and kickstart your

company's future success.

www.eleviasoftware.com

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CASEstudy

Digitally Twinned design

Graphisoft's Archicad enabled brp architects to create a virtual building to refine their forwardthinking

design for a contemporary home in the middle of Market Harborough

Architectural firm brp architects

was tasked with designing a

contemporary home in Market

Harborough for a retired professional

couple.To ensure the property would

be future-proofed for the couple's

evolving needs, a prerequisite was that

it needed to be wheelchair accessible,

situated within walking distance from

the town centre, and have most of its

accommodation on the ground floor.

However, the clients were adamant

they did not want a bungalow, and

although APRA House needed to be

built with accessibility in mind, they

were keen that it did not look like an

'accessible house'.

FINDING THE PERFECT PLOT

With land at a premium, brp found that

the only site that met the couple's

requirements in a town centre location

was prohibitively expensive. To make it

financially viable, the solution was to

build two properties on the plot and to

then sell on the second house.

APRA House was designed from

scratch using Graphisoft's Archicad as

Lee Hankins, associate, architect and

BIM manager at brp architects

explains:

"We have worked with Archicad for

many years and over that time we've

built an extensive Archicad template.

This uses favourites so we're able to

model very quickly.

"By creating a virtual building as we

model it, any potential issues are

highlighted straight away. Furthermore,

with the ability to use BIMx and

renovation filters to present different

options, we were able to demonstrate

our plans very effectively to the client,

planners and contractors alike."

VISUALISATIONS: THE KEY TO

PLANNING APPROVAL

Although APRA House passed through

planning fairly easily, the second

property proved more challenging as it

was visible from the road. Without

planning for the second property, the

project would not have been viable as

the two properties were financially

linked. With the help of Graphisoft's

BIMx virtual viewing software the

architects were able to show the

planners exactly how the properties

would look and fit in their

surroundings.

"The planners loved BIMx; it leaves no

stone unturned - really bringing the

design to life," says Lee.

In addition to BIMx, brp used the

Archicad 3D model to create a

photorendered visual of the project to

overlay on a photograph of the site

taken from the nearby park. This

illustrated to the local planning

authority the minimal impact the

building would have and ultimately

helped to secure planning approval.

A DESIGN FOR THE FUTURE

Having previously lived in a 17th

century thatched cottage, the couple

wanted a very modern property, an

antithesis, with flowing open plan

spaces that would serve them well into

retirement.

The building was created around two

diagonally opposed wings responding

to the site geometry and maximising

the internal space. The main single

storey wing contains the reception

rooms and master bedroom suite,

while the second wing houses the

garage and support spaces on the

ground floor and the remaining

bedrooms on the upper floor.

Lee explains: "For this project we

used Archicad's renovation filters to

present different options to the client

at the early stages of the design

process. We do this for all our new

builds on a clean site. It makes it so

easy to show different options, sizes

and material finishes and then delete

the ones you don't want."

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The largely two-storey space between

the wings provides a long tapering

hallway and gallery while a bespoke

glass and oak staircase maintains the

impression of openness.

BIMX TO AID CLIENT DECISION

MAKING

From an early stage BIMx was

invaluable in helping the client to

understand how their new home would

look. In addition, it helped them to see

how their existing belongings would fit,

and meant they could make informed

decisions when selecting new items of

furniture and fixtures.

"We helped the homeowners optimise

the layouts of the various spaces by

virtually testing different furniture items

before they made any final decisions,"

says Lee.

"In addition, at later stages during

construction we overlaid the electrical

layout plans onto the 3D BIMx model.

This enabled the clients to visualise

exactly where the electrical outlets and

lights would be positioned which

assisted with their final furniture

decisions. It also ensured that any

changes to the electrical layouts were

made before anything was installed on

site, preventing abortive works and

associated costs."

MATERIALS AND TECHNOLOGIES

The client stipulated that their home

should not be built of brick. Instead,

the property was constructed with

cavity blockwork together with throughcoloured

flexible renders in a

monochrome mix of whites and greys.

The roofs were constructed using

powder coated preformed steel

trapezoidal panels.

The property's orientation maximises

the use of the available sun. The

central atrium has high electric

windows to draw out warm air during

the summer months. Meanwhile, the

roof extends over the southerly glazing

to offer shading from summer sun,

whilst allowing the lower winter sun to

enter deeply into the space benefitting

from the solar gain.

All of the major building components

were specified to exceed the thermal

performance of the prevailing building

regulations requirements in order to

achieve a low carbon, efficient living

environment.

SHARING DATA FROM ARCHICAD

Within Archicad it is easy to extract the

necessary data in a variety of formats

to share and work collaboratively with

external consultants, engineers and

contractors.

Lee explains, "We shared the

necessary data with the quantity

surveyors and the original cost

estimates for the build came back over

budget. However, we were able to

quickly identify where the bigger

expenses were and by working

together, we reduced the overall length

of the building slightly. This

significantly reduced the overall cost."

"We also shared data with the kitchen

manufacturer in dwg format, as well as

schedules, drawings and the BIMx

model with the builder. Sharing the

BIMx model with the builder was

particularly useful in helping them to

understand the design."

Brp worked closely with the builder

throughout the project, with monthly

formal meetings and regular site visits

to monitor progress.

The construction was completed both

on time and within budget, with the

project summed up perfectly by the

forward-thinking homeowners: "It has

been a fantastic experience to see a

derelict plot of land morph into a

singular and innovative piece of

architecture, which is not only beautiful

to look at but practical to live in and

environmentally sound. This is form

and function perfectly combined."

www.graphisoft.co.uk

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2020 awards

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A winning end to a challenging year

It goes without saying that it 2020 has been an exceptionally

difficult year for everybody, but there is now light at the end

of the tunnel, with a number of COVID-19 vaccines coming

through successful trials and governments gearing up towards

mass vaccination programmes. Next year will still be tough

due to the enormous cost of the pandemic, but we will be on

an upward path towards a full recovery, with some very

valuable lessons learned, a new appreciation of what and who

are important to us, and a reorganisation of our working

practices to take account of the wellbeing of our employees

as well as the efficiency of our construction processes.

So let's start the celebrations early with the announcement

of the winners of the 2020 Construction Computing Awards,

which recognise the achievements of companies, software

developers, teams and contractors in making an impact on

the industry in these trying times. Our thanks must also go to

the many readers who voted in each category, taking time

out from the niggles of trying to keep work and projects on

track whilst either working from home or battling to keep

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close - here's looking forward to a positive new start in 2021!

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INNOVATION OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Excitech with BES Ltd for Working From Home with Excitech DOCS & BES Ltd

ONE TO WATCH COMPANY OF 2020

Winner: Buildots

BIM PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: WSP for Using Tridify to publish BIM files to the Web

COLLABORATION PROJECT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: The Asite Platform for North London Heat and Power Project with North London Waste Authority

CLOUD BASED TECHNOLOGY OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Glider with gliderbim

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AUGMENTED REALITY/VIRTUAL REALITY PROJECT OF 2020

Winner: 3D Repo - PlanBase for City of London

CONSTRUCTION MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: 4PS UK for 4PS Construct

HEALTH AND SAFETY SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: MSite for MSite Workforce App: Making sites safer in the wake of COVID19

BIM PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: GRAPHISOFT - Archicad 24

ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Vectorworks - Vectorworks Architect

COLLABORATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Viewpoint - Viewpoint for Projects

DOCUMENT AND CONTENT MANAGEMENT PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Newforma - Newforma Project Center

ERP SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: EasyBuild (Construction Software) Ltd - EasyBuild

PROJECT MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Elecosoft - Powerproject

PROJECT ACCOUNTING SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: RedSky - Summit

ESTIMATION & VALUATION PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: RIB Software - iTWO costX (Formerly CostX)

CONSTRUCTION FINANCIAL MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Integrity Software - Evolution Mx

CONSTRUCTION SOFTWARE PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: EasyBuild (Construction Software) Ltd - EasyBuild

ASSET MANAGEMENT SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: IFS - IFS Applications

STRUCTURAL ENGINEERING SOFTWARE OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Trimble - Tekla Structural Designer

GIS/MAPPING PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Esri ArcGIS - Mapping and Analysis platform within Esri Geospatial Cloud

MOBILE APPLICATION OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: GRAPHISOFT - BIMx

CHANNEL PARTNER OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Excitech

EDITOR'S CHOICE OF 2020

Winner: Bentley Systems - OPEN Series of Applications

PRODUCT OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner - Solibri UK - Solibri Office

COMPANY OF THE YEAR 2020

Winner: Trimble

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HARDWAREfocus

Augmented Reality on-site

Topcon's MAGNET Vison brings a whole new reality to laying out project markers on a building

site, writes David Chadwick

The world of videogaming was

never really for me. I think I lost

interest back when Space

Invaders was starting to evolve into

more than just a simple 'shoot 'em up'.

I am amazed, however, by the vast

size and appeal of the industry and

the quality of the graphics, and how

they expanded into the realm of Virtual

Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality

(AR). AR headsets and glasses are

now also a phenomenally handy tool

on the building site, particularly in the

initial layout out stage.

The traditional method of doing this

is to take a map of the terrain involved

- perhaps a 2D printout - with the

outline of the various building plots

marked on it, and the positions

selected for the stakes to be

hammered in. Surveying equipment is

then set up to locate the position for

each of the stakes and the junior

member of the team (there has to be

at least two people involved) makes

their mark.

Although the surveying technology

has improved by leaps and bounds,

the resulting accuracy can still be

affected by something as basic as the

weather on the day of the survey.

There is a stark difference between

the way a lot of companies still handle

all of the surveying tasks on a building

site and what is now possible using

the latest software tools, supported by

powerful augmented reality

equipment. With virtual images of

both the terrain and the salient

features of a 3D building model or

project site displayed on the lenses of

an AR headset - and the latest

devices look more like thickset

sunglasses than snorkling goggles -

controlled by handheld smartphone or

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laptop device, a surveyor can move

quickly from point to point indicated

on the model, and precisely position

each of his stakes with a very high

degree of accuracy. No heavy

equipment to set up, no requirement

for a partner to facilitate the

triangulation required on each leg,

and no ambiguity on the classification

of each marker.

TOPCON SITE LAYOUT

Using AR for on-site layout is just one

of a number of site surveying tools

developed by Topcon to help bring

traditionally time-consuming and

labour intensive practices right up to

date. At the core of Topcon's offering

is their software application, MAGNET

Construct, which allows for the

integration of a pair of AR glasses.

Manufactured by Vuzix, they can be

integrated with either iOS and Android

devices.

The Vuzix Blade smart glasses not

only provide augmented reality

positional information for stake out

and QA processes, but give access to

all of the other functions and

processes that you would expect with

AR connected technology. This

includes access to emails, taking site

pictures, live streaming video or just

answering your phone calls. Utilising

the AR glasses also means that you

can just leave your phone in your

pocket, surely a real boon to

improving on-site health and safety.

Topcon consider AR to be an

emerging technology and so instead

of developing an app around a

specific range of AR devices, they

have chosen to produce one that will

work with both current and future

generations of augmented reality

technology. The Vuzix Blade AR

glasses, which are lightweight and

hands-free, are currently an ideal tool

for surveyors who want to take

coordination information onto the

project site, aggregating data from

multiple sources. Coordinating the

integration of the project information is

MAGNET Enterprise, Topcon's cloud

based file management and transfer

solution, which is already integrated

with Autodesk's surveying platform

and its proprietary Point Layout

solution, as well as BIM 360 Docs and

Bentley's ProjectWise.

TOPCON MAGNET

The Topcon on-site layout tool is used

in conjunction with MAGNET Construct

4.1, the mobile technology that gives

surveyors a full 2D or 3D layout in the

palm of their hand. MAGNET

Construct is a cloud connected

application that provides data for

positioning layout, and also for other

as-built surveying applications, using

robotic and GNSS devices. It can be

used to control robotic total stations,

GNSS receivers and Layout Navigator.

The mobile app provides a

streamlined workflow with graphical

real-time positioning to any point, line,

surface or feature on the project site.

It can also combine optical and GNSS

survey data to create hybrid models,

and is highly effective as a data

collection tool. It provides full

communication facilities for surveying

teams, allowing them to share files

using normal email functionality of

through MAGNET Enterprise.

The Vuzix Blade glasses are state-ofthe-art,

and include an autofocusing

HD camera, stereo speakers in the

temples, and noise cancelling

microphones, both Wi-Fi and

Bluetooth, full colour in one eye, and

come with full UV protection and

safety certification.

LEVERAGING MAGNET FIELD

Whilst MAGNET Vision might be

considered one of the end users of

field data, the software that collects

and coordinates the data in the first

place is equally compelling. MAGNET

Field, TopCon's topographical

surveying application, uses land

surveying tools to collect land

positioning data - points, lines, areas,

cross sections, surfaces, and other

data - to create map or measurement

views within its Topographical Survey

function. The application can handle a

vast number of imports from CAD, GIS

and other data sources, and use them

to calculate surface levels and

contours, and to automatically create

accurate Digital Terrain Models.

MAGNET Field also creates the

layout data - the Stake Points - in

whatever method of layout or stakeout

surveyors need: Point, Lines, Offsets,

Roads, Surface, Slope, and Real-Time

Roads etc. Relvant data such as road

stakeout information able to be

presented on a single screen as you

stake anywhere along the road design

in real-time, increasing productivity.

GIS mapping, and aerial imagery

from Microsoft's Bing maps combines

the DTM models with satellite image

backgrounds, which can then be

merged with projected civil

engineering or structural building

projects. MAGNET Field can provide

surveyors with a full visual site context,

and a full picture of the project,

turning on-site layout into child's play.

www.topconpositioning.com

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SOFTWAREreview

PhysioWizard

Musculoskeletal problems are perhaps the single biggest cause for construction employees to

take sick days off work. Now, PhysioWizard provides a certified and thorough self assessment

tool that guides you through the process and tells you what to do next

The current emphasis on maintaining

or improving the wellbeing of your

workforce is, perhaps, one of the

only positives to come out of COVID-19

for. Despite an increasing reliance on

modern construction and manufacturing

technology, it is evident that it's the human

factor that governs the success or failure

of a project. A disorganised, dissatisfied

and unhealthy workforce can play havoc

with schedules, the quality of work, an

increase in accidents and days off work.

The construction industry is a case in

point, and has a bad reputation for the

number of injuries sustained on

construction sites. Whilst a large number

of these may be caused by mishaps,

accidents and falls, which can be

minimised or mitigated by some of the

current health and safety applications

available in the industry, there are

probably many more which are caused by

the stresses and strains of an occupation

which relies on plenty of heavy lifting and

strenuous manual labour. These may not

manifest themselves until the end of a

shift, or when an employee returns home,

but may be serious enough to lay an

employee off for a couple of days.

This costs the contractor time and

money and may result in having to find

a temporary replacement to keep a

project on track. The sooner a problem

is assessed and a course of treatment

prescribed, the better for the patient

and the company, and this applies

equally to industries which involve a

degree of physical activity as well as

office-based workers.

Unfortunately, the first port of call in

today's digitally focused environment is

usually 'Dr. Google', which will bring up

more information than one could possibly

handle - at least 100 different causes of a

simple nosebleed, for example. Half an

hour spent Googling aches and pains will

leave anybody convinced they have a

serious physical ailment, if they aren't

totally overwhelmed by the contradictory

information available.

And, more to the point, downloading

and printing out unofficial advice will cut

no ice with a line manager, who will

instead merely mark an employee

absent. The only alternative, up to now, is

to book an appointment with a GP - a

difficult and arduous prospect in the

current lockdown.

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PHYSIOWIZARD

There is an alternative, though.

Construction workers can log on to the

PhysioWizard platform either on site or at

home, and respond to a comprehensive

questionnaire which asks a series of

simple questions about the physical

problem which is causing them distress -

in fact, every question that you would

hope a doctor, clinician or physiotherapist

would ask is covered.

As its name suggests, PhysioWizard is

directed solely towards the physical

aspects of a person's health and

wellbeing - muscular aches and pains,

strains, backaches, and any condition

that is other than a medical, aural or

visual problem. The investigation starts

by presenting images on screen which

are used to highlight the areas where

physical discomfort is being felt, and then

narrows the assessment down further,

asking questions about how it feels, it's

occurrence, duration and how long it has

persisted. Questions are asked about

previous medical histories too, and

anything that might be associated with

the current problem.

The questionnaire also extends its

enquiries to the mental aspects of the

condition, or anything else that might

have contributed to it, probing the

wellness of a patient by asking how the

problem makes them feel, how it affects

their work and what things they are

unable to do because of it.

Upon completion of the questionnaire a

report is generated which summarises the

assessment and suggests what should

be done next, either to book an

appointment with a physiotherapist,

doctor, or other specialist, call 111, or to

undertake a series of specifically

calculated exercises designed to alleviate

musculoskeletal (MSK)problems, which

are demonstrated with onscreen videos.

An analysis of the results from the past

ten years shows that around 50% of the

reports produced suggest further

treatment at the hands of a

physiotherapist. The employee can also

forward the report to whoever handles

health and safety in larger companies, or

give them a summary. PhysioWizard is

fully compliant with all GDPR

requirements and safeguards employee

confidentiality.

PHYSIOWIZARD IN ACTION

PhysioWizard is more accurately

described as a Musculoskeletal Muscle

and Joint Digital Triage platform, and has

been developed and tested over the past

ten years by clinicians as an alternative to

GP or physio assessment. In a clinical

safety trial, PhysioWizard provided the

same triage pathway as a chartered

physiotherapist in 93% of cases and the

remaining 7% were referred to higher

levels of care, making the app an

extremely safe alternative to face-to-face

clinical assessment. MSK problems

account for 30% of almost 300 million GP

consultations a year, and 1 in 8

employees have to stay off work

sometime during the year with MSK

issues. By empowering the patient to selfassess

quickly it saves the time and effort

involved in booking and getting to see a

doctor, enables treatment or alleviation to

begin at the earliest opportunity and

speeds up a patient's return to work.

The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted

on even these stark statistics. GP

appointments are more difficult to

arrange, hospitals are rightly focusing on

COVID-19 patients, and diagnostic

facilities such as scanners are allocated

elsewhere. Self assessment is not only a

timely resource in difficult times, but is

likely to increase in the future, alongside

the growing use by GPs of online and

telephone consultations.

PhysioWizard was founded by Kirsten

Lord, who is the Chief Clinical Officer for

the company and has been a chartered

physiotherapist for the last 29 years. The

CEO is Andrew Byers, assisted by former

Bupa Chief Information Office Garry

Fingland as Chairman. I spoke to Paul

Arnold, the company's Business

development Director, as well as Kirsten

Lord, who outlined the application.

The software was CE marked and

registered with MHRA in 2015, and is part

of the NHS Digital Framework, due to be

integrated with GP software once it has

gone through witness testing and

evaluation. It also complies with Cyber

Essentials and GDPR, the latter to ensure

user's complete security with regard to

the sharing of their medical records as

part of the self assessment.

HANDLING THE DATA

Although PhysioWizard is available to

everybody, it can become a vital tool on a

busy construction site, running on the

mobile reporting tools and devices

currently being used by construction

personnel as part of their job. Access to

the app can be provided as and when

needed, with non-invasive results

recorded on a dashboard that monitors

the general health of the company's

personnel, providing a summary of results

that show the range of health issues or

outcomes that are occurring on site.

PhysioWizard is already being used by

public and private healthcare providers,

HR departments and occupational health

companies, but the company is

continuing to innovate and develop.

Planned enhancements include the

tracking of treatments following self

assessment, the internationalisation of

standards, and integration with EWB, GP

and other health assessment triage

solutions. There are also plans to

integrate chatbots, whiplash pathways

and reporting, and machine learning, with

the aim of fine-tuning analytics and

diagnoses.

The future is here then, hastened by the

obligations and constraints of COVID-19.

You can also try out the software yourself

for free, by trying the Lite version of the

app at the following link:

https://bit.ly/32WptCy.

www.physiowizard.com

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INDUSTRY comment

Reversing the charges

EasyBuild prepares to implement the HMRC's delayed Domestic Reverse Charge

Missing Trader VAT fraud is not

just a construction industry

issue. It has been around for a

while in other industries, but HMRC has

decided that it's now time to focus on the

100 million or so revenues it claims is

being fraudulently misplaced in

construction by companies who collect

VAT from their customers - and promptly

disappear with the loot.

It's a simple concept but obviously

profitable for the fraudulent trader, who

charges VAT on construction services and

collects it, but refrains from declaring it to

HMRC. The Domestic Reverse Charge

(DRC) is equally simple, in that it removes

the ability of suppliers to charge VAT,

instead asking the customer to selfaccount

for the VAT on services received

through its VAT return. The customer is

then able to reclaim VAT as usual.

The new regime was due to start on

October 1st 2020, but with other

concerns occupying peoples minds right

now it has been delayed until the 1st

March 2021, which gives companies

plenty of time to reorganise their

accounting systems to handle it.

It might seem simple but there are

numerous caveats. The DRC does not

cover all construction services, and

businesses need to know where and when

it applies. It also does not apply to end

users, as both the supplier and customer

in the transaction have to be both VAT and

CIS registered, with payments having to be

reported under CIS rules and 'construction'

services, which have to be included,

subject either to 5% or 20% VAT. End user

status is also questionable, as suppliers

now need to ask their customers whether

they are end users, and keep a record of

their response.

Construction Services includes every

element of a job along with materials and

labour. As a quick guide this would

encompass: construction; extensions;

demolition; alteration or repair of buildings;

installing heating; lighting; air-conditioning;

ventilation; power supply; drainage;

sanitation; water supply or fire protection

systems; Internal cleaning and painting

and decorating of buildings.

What it doesn't cover is the external

manufacture of goods and the delivery and

supply of such goods to the site and

subsequent installation - however, you

need to look in more detail at the provision

of mixed services which may contain

elements of both of the above.

If everybody complies in the correct way,

the ability for 'missing traders' to step into

the breach at any point in the line is

eliminated, and the DRC retains its neutral

status for the customer - both paying and

reclaiming VAT costs as normal.

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The five key things for a contractor to ask

THE ROLE OF EASYBUILD

There are a number of steps that EasyBuild

customers need to take to make sure they

are fully compliant with DRC before the due

date. The first of these is to talk to

EasyBuild and be reassured that neither

they, nor their customers - wherever they

are in the supply or contractor chain - will

be out of pocket subsequent to

implementation of the new regime.

The second step is to familiarise

themselves with the services that they

provide which fall within HMRC's

guidelines, a complete list of which can be

found on the HMRC's website. EasyBuild,

having already studied the extensive list,

would be happy to give you a shorter yes

or no, or advice on any ambiguous

activities you provide for your customers.

The main requirement though is to modify

the way in which VAT is accounted for

within the various ledgers of the accounting

system. Whilst a VAT charge is registered

against the provision of a service, VAT

payments are not received - but the VAT

has to be included in monthly CIS reports.

This means that companies have to be

particularly careful that any modifications

made to their system to handle the new

processes maintain accurate records of

each transaction, and that the reduced

cash flows do not impact their bottom line.

With cash flow being one of the biggest

implications of the change, some

companies may turn to VAT funding or

invoice finance to help pay for outgoing

costs while waiting for invoices to be paid

by clients. This also highlights another

endemic issue within the industry - the

need to negotiate shorter payment terms

with their suppliers, i.e. the length of time

customers have to pay for their services.

RISK ASSESSMENTS

If the changeover is not handled correctly

there are substantial risks to both

suppliers and customers. Incorrect

assessments or under-declared VAT will

incur penalties, and subsequent interest

payments on top of the VAT charges if the

errors are not resolved.

Should the supplier charge VAT in error,

HMRC will overcharge the customer for

DRC output VAT. It then becomes the

responsibility of the customer to claim a

refund from incorrectly charged VAT from

the supplier - which of course is not good

for healthy supplier and customer

relationships.

To avoid all of this, companies affected by

the new proposals will need to ensure that

their accounting staff are brought fully up to

date with the new regulations, and that

applications handling contracts, invoicing,

payments and VAT returns are all updated

to handle DRC transactions. They will also

need to make sure that procedures are put

in place to mitigate VAT risks.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I GET IT WRONG?

HMRC acknowledges that the changes

that will come into play in 2021 will be

significant for everybody across the

industry, and in particular for small

businesses, who will be the most heavily

impacted.They say, however, that they will

operate a light touch for genuine

compliance mistakes within the first sixmonth

period. Penalties will only be

considered in this period if a company is

found to be deliberately taking advantage

of the new measures.

IMPLEMENTATION SCHEDULES

EasyBuild has a large customer base,

many of whom will be affected by the new

changes, and as part of their engagement

with their customers they will be organising

regular briefings to keep them up to date

with the changes implemented in the

software. As a construction software

provider they were already prepared for the

original Domestic Reverse Charge date,

which was then postponed.

The Domestic Reverse Charge adds yet

another hurdle for companies to

overcome, alongside the difficulties of the

COVID-19 pandemic which introduced the

concept of furloughs for temporarily laid

off staff, and numerous other financial

relief schemes which helped to keep

companies ticking over through the worst

parts of the national lockdowns.

We are yet to see the effect of Brexit for

companies with overseas contracts or who

buy materials from abroad, but fortunately

DRC is small beer in comparison, and

once the modifications to accounting

systems are put in place, it should cause

few further problems for companies.

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Treats in store

IN 2021 Autodesk University will be releasing three significant additions to their range of

software solutions for the construction industry, writes David Chadwick

Autodesk University was held online

this year, like every other major event,

but whilst the usual benefits like

networking and hands-on experiences were

unavailable, the number of virtual attendees

was far greater, with 90,000 people from

190 different countries logging in. Autodesk

also laid on quite a few more sessions, with

about 750 different presentations available

covering every aspect of their formidable

range of software in AEC, product design,

media and entertainment.

The University’s tuition sessions were of

particular interest to regular users of their

software, whilst the keynotes were more in

my line, and were generally used to launch

new software products. In this round-up we

will focus primarily at the releases aimed at

the construction sector.

SPACEMAKER

Spacemaker is currently in the process of

being acquired by Autodesk. It's a

Norwegian company, based in Oslo, which

uses cloud-based artificial intelligence and

Generative Design to help architects, urban

designers, and real estate developers plan

cities and urban environments. It allows

them to specify a wide range of

construction constraints or requirements, or

to accommodate environmental and

sustainability issues and automatically

create optimised building layouts.

The software's AI algorithms use iterative

processes to generate design alternatives

based on the different design criteria:

terrain, maps, wind, lighting, traffic,

zoning, carbon emission standards, etc. It

then produces design alternatives that

meet the full potential of the site. This

gives scope to designers, who can rely on

the computer's processing capabilities to

handle more complex designs and

balance contrasting criteria, thereby

allowing them to focus on the creative

aspects of their professional work.

"Spacemaker is a lesson in the power of

insights and automation, creating and

testing urban design ideas in minutes," said

Andrew Anagnost, CEO and President of

Autodesk. "With two billion more people

expected to call our planet home by 2050,

speed of design and sustainability in urban

planning must be priorities. Spacemaker

technology offers a fundamental shift in how

we imagine and build cities to keep people

and the planet healthy."

The need for more responsive software

was echoed by Amy Bunszel, Senior Vice

President for AEC Design Solutions at

Autodesk, who said "Spacemaker's

transformational solution will empower

designers to make more informed design

decisions and help solve some of the

greatest challenges ahead of us all."

Spacemaker set out four years ago to

help design, engineering and project

teams reinvent the development of more

sustainable cities and neighborhoods

worldwide. Havard Haukeland, CEO and

co-founder of Spacemaker explained

further. "Autodesk shares our goal to

create a healthier planet for everyone and

is uniquely positioned to more rapidly

place our product in the hands of planning

teams everywhere - a proud milestone for

our team and those who supported us

from the start."

His comments were supported by one of

Spacemakers clients. "Real-estate

developers in Norway are at the forefront of

the digital transformation in the building

sector, resulting in increased project

profitability, and critically, improving our

ability to combat climate change with more

sustainable real estate developments," said

Daniel Kjørberg Siraj, CEO of OBOS,

adding "Game-changers such as

Spacemaker are part of the solution. As an

early investor and adopter, I am incredibly

pleased to see Spacemaker joining

Autodesk and am looking forward to seeing

Norwegian-born technology transform the

industry at a global scale."

AUTODESK CONSTRUCTION CLOUD

Autodesk also announced a new set of

products for Autodesk Construction Cloud

that further connect data, workflows and

teams throughout the entire building

lifecycle, from design to operations. The

new products - Autodesk Build, Autodesk

Quantify and Autodesk BIM Collaborate -

give general contractors, specialty trades,

designers and owners the ability to improve

their processes and outcomes, providing

them with a comprehensive construction

management platform with all data in one

central location to simplify collaboration,

handle project changes and inform

managers for better decision making.

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Autodesk Spacemaker - height study

Autodesk Spacemaker - wind analysis

Autodesk Construction Cloud was

launched last year and offers a powerful and

complete portfolio of construction

management products. The release of

Autodesk Build, though, provides "An

entirely new approach to project

management," according to Jim Lynch, Vice

President and General Manager of

Autodesk Construction Solutions.

Autodesk Build unites the best of PlanGrid

and BIM 360 with additional new

functionality to create a comprehensive field

and project management solution, retaining

the PlanGrid Build mobile app for field

workers - a connected set of field execution

and project management tools integrated

with all construction workflow data so teams

can handle project management, quality,

safety, cost issues and project closeout with

a single login.

The PlanGrid Build mobile app facilitates

RFI creation and issue tracking, with up-todate

drawings and markups. PlanGrid

Build changes are then immediately

available, reducing miscommunication,

errors and rework.

Autodesk Quantify automates 2D and 3D

quantification from the same

comprehensive platform, allowing

estimators to quickly and accurately quantify

elements from both 2D plans and 3D

models and manage them with associated

documents. Increased transparency and

collaboration on estimates provides faster

and more accurate - and therefore

competitive - bidding.

"Traditionally our estimating process has

required multiple solutions, none of which

connect or integrate with each other," said

John Mack, BIM Department Manager,

Dome Construction. "Autodesk Quantify will

effectively supercharge the way we do our

estimating and create a truly collaborative,

customisable takeoff process. With takeoff

data based in the cloud rather than on a

desktop, Autodesk Quantify is a precision

tool that will help our preconstruction team

move away from spreadsheets and zero in

on perfecting our takeoff workflow."

Autodesk BIM Collaborate brings design

collaboration, model coordination and

document management to Autodesk

Construction Cloud to reduce rework,

improve productivity, and accelerate project

delivery. The software empowers project

teams by managing the entire design

collaboration and coordination workflow

within a single, cloud-based solution in a

common data environment. It features

processes to handle project timelines,

aggregated model viewing and change

reviews. Integrating all functions provides

design teams with deeper insights into the

real-time status of the design phase. Its

model coordination capabilities like clash

detection and issues management ensure

the highest quality designs are delivered to

the field. A BIM Collaborate Pro option is

also available for Revit Cloud Worksharing,

Collaboration for Civil 3D and Collaboration

for Plant 3D.

As part of the unified Autodesk

Construction Cloud platform, every new

product is reinforced by Autodesk Docs,

which underpins the common data

environment with centralised document

management and integrated workflows,

and Insights provides analytics from the

data collected to feed Construction IQ

artificial intelligence and to help identify and

mitigate risk.

Autodesk Construction Cloud

enhancements, which will be available in

early 2021, include upgraded Administration

features to provides centralised user

management, permissioning, templates and

other tools for project setup, as well as a

single authentication method for any unified

product.

AUTODESK'S DIGITAL TWIN

Autodesk Tandem brings project data

together from its many sources, formats,

and phases, to create a data-rich digital hub

that tracks asset data from design through

operations - a Digital Twin.

Digital Twins connect the digital world with

the real world, creating up-to-date

reflections of a model's physical self. This

provides unique operational insight into a

facility, building, bridge, or any structure, as

well as its components. This would

include, for example, the performance of

heating and cooling systems, escalators,

and electrical systems - valuable

information for building owners who want

digital data at handover, given that nearly

80 percent of an asset's lifetime value is

realised in operations.

With Autodesk Tandem, all project models

are brought into a single platform, creating a

digital view that includes metadata for each

asset. Architects, engineers and contractors

can then fully support the digital handover,

giving owners a digital twin of the final asset

so that they can dive into all design and

construction history. BIM, of course, is one

of the foundational components of

Autodesk Tandem.

In October 2020, Autodesk became a

Founding Member of the Digital Twin

Consortium, an organisation whose

members are committed to using digital

twins throughout their operations. Autodesk

is also a member of the Open Design

Alliance, a non-profit technology

consortium that provides support and

access to design file formats.

www.autodesk.com

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CASEstudy

The D-Day Story

Hillcrest Structural employed Tekla Structures' 3D model environment to help design, detail,

fabricate and display a unique piece of D-Day history

Measuring 59 metres long, LCT

7074 is the last-surviving Second

World War D-Day Landing Craft

Tank, used to carry 10 tanks to Normandy

for D-Day. As part of a conservation project

by The National Museum of the Royal Navy

and The D-Day Story, the tank has been

restored to her 1944 configuration and is to

be showcased as part of the newly-opened

D-Day Story museum in Portsmouth..

Designed by Pritchard Architecture and

Mann Williams, the outdoor display will

provide public access to all suitable areas

of the craft, while also protecting it from the

external elements, featuring a wave-like

canopy roof.

Hillcrest Structural, the specialist steelwork

contractor, was appointed by Ascia

Construction to produce a fully-coordinated

3D model of the primary steelwork canopy

structure, design and detail the steel to

steel connections and fabricate and erect

the new roof structure directly over the

proposed resting position of LCT 7074.

Speaking about the project, Jamie Green,

Managing Director at Hillcrest Structural

said: "The roof canopy frame consisted of

12 bespoke fabricated steel columns, each

standing at 12 metres tall and, in turn,

supporting primary fabricated tapered

rafters and tapered rear cantilevered arms.

To achieve the architect's wave-like visual

aesthetic, our team had to ensure the

critical setting out points matched

the design teams'

requirements, resulting

in each set of

front and

rear

arms being set at varying levels and

differing rotations to one another. Finally, to

the front and rear elevations, curved

perimeter CHS members fit between the

arms and there was to be a full roof bracing

system to provide stability to the frame."

Having been a user of Tekla software

since the early 2000's, Hillcrest Structural

once again chose to use Tekla Structures

for all modelling and detailing aspects of

the project.

Jamie continued: "Tekla Structures is truly

at the core of our business from a

technological standpoint, enabling us to

create and manage structural objects in a

digital, 3D environment, from conception

through to site planning and logistics.

"As well as enabling us to model and

achieve the proposed wave-like form, Tekla

Structure's 3D environment was also

invaluable in aiding our consideration of

and integration with other disciplines on the

project. An example of this is the structure's

electrical services and rainwater drainage

system, which were both to be welded to

the inside of our fabricated steel mast

columns in order to preserve the desired

streamlined aesthetic.

"The pipework was all rather complex,

consisting of tight curves and a junction

box where all pipes converged. After being

provided with a basic hand-drawn sketch

outlining the design intent for the pipework,

it was vital that we were able to translate

this 2D information into our model, so that

we could accurately visualise both the MEP

services and our steel columns in the same

digital environment. Fortunately, through

Tekla's powerful modelling capabilities, the

wide array of view and selection filtering

options available and various built-in tools,

such as 'Cut Object by Part', we were able

to model both the MEP and structural steel

elements, ensuring the overall design was

constructible."

Another example of design integration on

the project was regarding the roof canopy

itself. To support the fabric sail membrane,

Hillcrest Structural had to detail small RSA

cleats at close centres on the underside of

the primary roof steelwork.

Jamie explained: "In order to ensure a

smooth transition between design and onsite

installation, it was important that we

were able to fully coordinate our model

with that of the contractor

responsible for the design of the

sail membrane. As a result of

Tekla's open BIM approach, we

were able to use the 3D CAD

model supplied by the contractor

to coordinate our design and

positioning of the RSA cleats."

Accurately detailing

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connections, such as these RSA cleats and

other steel-to-steel joints, presented a

particular challenge on the project, as

Jamie commented:

"Considering the time-consuming nature

of modelling all the various complex and

unique connections and welds, Tekla

Structure's intelligent tools and

functionalities were invaluable in helping us

to ensure that we were able to deliver the

steelwork on schedule. The wave-like

formation of the structure was especially

challenging, with the frequent geometry

changes meaning that each rafter and rear

arm splice position and cut angle was

variable, presenting us with a potentially

complex process of positioning the splices.

"However, by using Tekla Structures 'Copy

to Another Plane' function, once the main

connections were in place for one set of the

columns and rafters we were able to simply

copy the pre-detailed connections and

welds to all of the other bays, while

simultaneously maintaining the correct

position and splay angles in relation to the

primary elements. This resulted in a far

quicker and more efficient process, saving

time and ensuring high levels of accuracy.

"With this idea of speed and efficiency in

mind, Tekla does also offer various

industry-standard connection macros.

However, due to the unique nature of the

architectural design on this project, several

bespoke connections were required,

particularly for connecting the plan brace

members. Fortunately, as a result of the

software's intelligent flexibility, we were able

to create our own custom components

within Tekla Structures and add them to our

BIM object library, for use throughout the

detailing stage."

Given the complex cantilevered form and

unique shape of the roof structure, being

able to detail, visualise and review the

structural steelwork and its connections and

welds in the context of a 3D environment

was hugely beneficial for Hillcrest Structural,

as Jamie explained:

"Working in 3D provided us with levels of

detail and insight that 2D simply could not

offer. We were able to pan around the

completed model and check for any

design issues or visual imperfections,

particularly regarding the exposed steel

elements, before we moved on to the

fabrication stage. To demonstrate the value

of this ability in practice, when examining

the proposed splay cut to each of the roof's

four corner steel tubes in a 2D format, no

issue was detected. However, once these

same cuts were viewed in 3D, it was clear

that they were incorrect. This enabled us to

rectify the issue prior to fabrication,

avoiding potentially significant delays to

site operations."

Once the model was fully completed,

Hillcrest Structural were able to run a final

clash check, with the software

automatically reviewing the model and

highlighting any potential clashes between

the primary steel elements and the

connections, providing both Hillcrest and

its client with added assurance that the

design was correct and constructible.

As well as Tekla Structures, Hillcrest

Structural also employed Trimble

Connect, the cloud-based collaboration

tool, and Microsoft's HoloLens technology

at other stages of the project's

construction sequence.

"As a business, we find the HoloLens

mixed reality technology invaluable,

helping to improve visualisation for all

involved on a project and assisting us in

making key decisions regarding the

detailing and installation sequences. Here,

we used the technology at various stages

of the project, helping us to plan the

assembly process in a safe and efficient

way and also allowing us to check the

suitability of connection details in terms of

bolt and welding access. It essentially

offered us a digital rehearsal of the

installation works, before we got on to site."

Trimble Connect was similarly used to

ensure a smooth process on site, with the

relevant information, such as GA drawings,

loading lists and assembly drawings,

extracted from the model and uploaded

onto Trimble Connect. Hillcrest Structural's

site team were then able to instantly

access this electronic information via their

tablets and laptops, helping them to

efficiently resolve any queries or issues

encountered on site.

Speaking about the appointment, Jamie

concluded: "All of us at Hillcrest Structural

were delighted to be involved with this

project and for the opportunity to contribute

to the public display of such a significant

piece of history. Through the combination of

our skilled team and the intelligent tools and

modelling power within Tekla Structures, we

were able to deliver the structural steelwork

and its connections on time, to a high

degree of accuracy and ensure fulfilment of

the client's design brief. Quite simply, this

would not have been the case if 3D

modelling software not have been utilised,

with the drawing time likely to have been

severely extended as a result."

Installation of the structural steelwork was

completed in June 2020, with the D-Day

Story's LCT 7074 exhibition set to be open

to the public later this year.

www.tekla.com/uk

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CASEstudy

Weatherproof infrastructure

The largest dike in the Netherlands has been reinforced with BIM

For more than 85 years, the

Afsluitdijk, a 32-kilometre dam, has

been a hallmark of Dutch hydraulic

engineering. The dam protects a large

portion of the Netherlands from the

Wadden Sea and regulates the water level

in Lake Ijsselmeer, Holland's biggest lake.

This impressive infrastructure project is

a model of protective and preventive

damage control, incorporating ecological

and recreational components. Project

planners have implemented the latest

technology to work collaboratively and

efficiently to strengthen the enclosure

dam, increase its capacity to discharge

water, and build pumps to transport

water into the sea.

THE PROBLEM

LEVVEL - a consortium made up of Van

Oord Aberdeen Infrastructure Partners

B.V., BAM PPP PGGM Infrastructure

Coöperatie U.A. (part of Royal BAM

Group), Arcadis and EPICo NL 2 B.V. -

will design, build, finance, and maintain

the reinforcement of the Afsluitdijk, the

largest dike in the Netherlands.

The project is a complex

multidisciplinary undertaking that

involves numerous stakeholders. Its

design is based on recreation, ecology,

sustainability, and innovation and

includes:

Raising and strengthening the dike

with 75,000 innovative level-blocks on

top of the current basalt cladding

Reconstructing and expanding the

lock complex at Den Oever with two

large pumping stations, allowing more

water drainage from the IJsselmeer

into the Wadden Sea

Creating a cycling path over the full

length of the Afsluitdijk to increase the

recreational use of the dam, while

widening the emergency lanes to

make the adjacent motorway safer.

With more than 500 people from

architecture, civil engineering, and

construction working together during the

design and preconstruction process,

effective cross-discipline collaboration

was the key challenge for the project's

success.

"We needed to reimagine the design and

preconstruction phase by using a

common data environment to create a

shared view of all activities,

dependencies, deadlines, and enquiries,"

said Yuri Grotewal, BIM Coordinator at

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Royal BAM Group. "A centralised platform

would eliminate data silos, streamline

review cycles, and extract real-time data

for design coordination and review,

quantity-take-off, and mark-ups,"

THE SOLUTION

To solve the challenges represented by

the complexity of the Afsluitdijk project

and develop an ecosystem that

supported multi-disciplinary teams,

LEVVEL deployed solutions from the

Autodesk Construction Cloud - chiefly

BIM 360 and Assemble. The team has

used the tools together to integrate 3D

modelling and create a single source of

truth for greater efficiency, collaboration,

and improved communication.

"BIM 360 is at the core of our

collaboration process and has the most

prominent role in the project," says

Ronald Huizinga, BIM Manager at

Arcadis. "The latest model data is always

available in 3D and 2D and is easily

accessible by all project stakeholders.

Without BIM 360, collaboration would be

a nightmare."

With a design team of up to 300 people,

collaborating in a single environment was

essential. Designers would upload

models directly from Civil 3D and Revit

into BIM 360 for design collaboration and

coordination. Planners also used Dynamo

and advanced scripting to speed up the

design process, citing the tools' ability to

increase collaboration and automated

publishes, interactivity, and the ability to

work simultaneously. By providing the

ability to create computational design,

designers can produce concepts that

iterate faster and earlier.

BIM 360 Model Coordination also helps

during the design phase. Nearly 200

members of the design staff and 30

modelers were able to effectively

collaborate during the Afsluitdijk project,

avoiding the potential for costly rework.

The entire team benefitted from

automated clash detection and enhanced

insight into the number of clashes,

receiving instant feedback on the state of

the model. "BIM 360 has become the

beating heart of the design process within

our organisation," says Huizinga.

Assemble is another critical solution

used by the team to condition, query, and

connect BIM data to key workflows, using

the tool's ability to provide up-to-date

visualisation of the total project status.

With Assemble, the team can easily track,

manage, and analyse model data.

Multiple stakeholders can access

Assemble to observe project quantities

and stay up to date whenever a new

model is published. This visibility results in

significant efficiency gains on a project of

this magnitude, which will play a vital role

in the long-term management of the

project. Viewing the geometry objects

based on a predefined structure with their

quantities has never been this easy.

RESULTS

The scale of the Afsluitdijk reinforcement

is unique for the Netherlands. It

represents the latest developments in

dealing with rising sea levels, water safety,

ecology, and sustainability, while building

a safe and secure dam using state-of-theart

design and building software.

With the new and intuitive workflow for

reviewing models, the team saves time,

improves quality, and project insight. The

digital model allowed designers to work

on the project simultaneously through

iterative review rounds with issues and

mark-ups. Before this workflow, traditional

rounds of review could take up to five

days. With BIM 360, reviews are closed in

one day, which is an 80% reduction in

design coordination time.

The Autodesk aided design and analysis

delivers 40,000 tonnes less CO2

emissions, a reduction of no less than

56% compared to alternative solutions.

Each level-block of the dam receives a

chip and is therefore easy to trace for

maintenance. The blocks are transported

via water and quickly assembled onsite

with a minimal footprint.

By exploring automation possibilities

early in the project, the team was able to

understand where to improve based on

process and repetitive manual

workflows, resulting in time savings,

efficient collaborative methods, and

measurable results - all hallmarks of this

project. The team was able to connect

the phases of construction, producing a

high-quality model during design that

aided in deploying the right tools during

preconstruction to mitigate errors

downstream.

By using the most state-of-the-art risk

management, sustainable construction

methods as well as proven Autodesk

technologies, it is expected that the dam

will withstand a once-in-every-tenthousand-year

storm.

www.autodesk.com

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NEWBURY 3

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Computer Aided

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Contact: Gillian Haynes

Tel: 01707 258 338

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Causeway

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Contact: Sue Farnfield

Tel: +44 (0)1628 552134

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LONDON 24

CADASSIST

Contact: Gordon McGlathery

Tel: +44 (0)208 622 3027

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Tel: 01344 751300

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Tel: 01992 807500

Fax: 01922 807574

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training@manandmachine.co.uk

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SOFTWAREfocus

An oblique view

Bluesky launches an online streaming service for oblique panoramic aerial images

Aerial imagery is becoming an

important element of urban

planning, as we seek to widen the

involvement of the public and other

bodies in the decision making processes.

This is probably more relevant in this

country and in similar historical cities in

Europe, where urban development has to

compete with historical treasures - and

where the vociferous opinions of

interested parties hold most sway.

It is also a feature of the latest trends in

reality capture and the need to produce

photographic quality images of buildings

along with their heights, volumes and

other measurements, that can be

incorporated into modern architectural

designs. It is fortunate that much of the

work involved in aggregating imagery for

some of our cities with important

historical associations has already been

done, and is now being made available

for interested users.

Aerial mapping company Bluesky is

releasing its entire catalogue of

geographically referenced oblique aerial

images of UK cities via a new subscription

based streaming service. Working with

Geoxphere, a specialist in cloud-based

GIS, Bluesky will offer the MetroVista

imagery via an easy-to-use web viewer

which also includes measurement tools

for detailed analysis of building features,

façade details and street furniture

locations.

"Oblique imagery offers an unparalleled

view of the built environment, revealing

real world features simply not present in

any other type of aerial image or map,"

commented Rachel Tidmarsh, Managing

Director of Leicestershire based Bluesky

International. "The MetroVista imagery can

be used to inform decision making with

timestamped intelligence, and even

evidence, as well as improving

engagement with colleagues through

better communication of ideas. All of this

without even leaving your desk!

"However this wealth of information, as

you would expect, can present some

issues when it comes to storing and

consuming data. The MetroVista Oblique

Viewer overcomes these issues, meaning

the value of the data can be realised

without the burden of storing, processing

or updating."

With a Data-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution

powered by Geoxphere's XMAP

geospatial cloud technology, the

MetroVista Oblique Viewer is a fully

managed subscription service, meaning

there is no need to download or store

large volumes of data locally. The

MetroVista Oblique Viewer does not

require any specialist software, plugins or

downloads and, as the data is also

managed, newly captured images are

automatically added to an account as

they become available.

The Viewer has split-screen options and

rotating views that allow the user to toggle

through images to get a 360 degree view

of a building. The Bluesky Geoxphere

Viewer also includes height and area

measurement tools for recording a

building's height or distance from a

feature and its façade area.

Captured using the world's first large

format imagery and LiDAR hybrid airborne

sensor, the Bluesky MetroVista imagery

collection includes simultaneously

captured oblique and vertical aerial

photography. The MetroVista datasets

also include geographically accurate,

phototextured, mesh models ready for

use in 3D GIS, CAD and other modelling

software as well as visualisation, gaming

and Virtual Reality workflows.

Bluesky has already captured

MetroVista data for cities such as London,

Birmingham, Manchester, Bristol,

Nottingham, Oxford, Cambridge,

Brighton, Norwich, Leicester, Derby and

Newcastle, as well as Bournemouth,

Brighton, Cardiff, Doncaster, Eastbourne

and Southend.

GEOXPHERE

Geoxphere is a UK-based company

specialising in Cloud GIS, spatial data

management and cost-effective geospatial

survey solutions. Geoxphere has decades

of combined experience in the geospatial

industry with a wide skillset ranging from

remote sensing through to web

development. Geoxphere has a culture of

attention to detail, developing successful

survey and GIS solutions for its customers

based on a thorough discussion of and

enjoyment in what they do,

www.bluesky-world.com

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