Engaging new software technologies and processes on site to facilitate the implementation of BIM models
This project aims to work with the company to fully exploit BIM at site level to drive efficiencies, reduce waste in terms of material deliveries, reduce (or eliminate) re work, enhance project planning and resource allocation, and improve estimation and measurement capability. This efficiency is benchmarked against similar projects not using BIM technology. The site efficiencies gained are being measured and documented as the project progresses.
This project has used a number of key technologies – laser scanning, drones, photogrammetry - and integrated them into the site processes and the project BIM model. Processes which, at the start, were pilot programmes implemented on 1 or 2 construction sites have now been integrated into the business and implemented on all sites.
Tara Brooks Principal Investigator
John Meneely Co-Investigator
KTP Associate William Adams
Company Supervisor Rori Millar
Impact of Research
As part of this KTP, the associate has completed a BIM Project Management Master’s Degree and become a fully licensed drone pilot. The skills and techniques that have been developed now place the company at the cutting edge of BIM and digital exploitation on site, giving the company a base of digital skill that few of its competitors possess.
Since completing his MSc, the associate has given well received lectures to BIM MSc students on drone use in construction, and on the use of Dalux AR / Common Data Environment in construction.
The associate and supervisor (first author and co-author respectively) have written a chapter on Drones in Construction for a book called “3D imaging handbook”
Major grants and funding
KTP Grant Innovate UK £ 207,637.
Recent papers published by the Research group:
Drones in Construction. Adams, William; Brooks, Tara.
3D Imaging Handbook: Advances in Environmental Mapping and Monitoring. ed. / John Meneely. CRC press, Taylor and Francis, 2021.
LEAD PROJECT INVESTIGATOR Tara Brooks studied architecture at Liverpool University and the Bartlett and qualified as an architect in 2000, working in London, York and Belfast for 10 years before specialising in project management. She worked in bid management, procurement and project planning for several construction contractors for 8 years before becoming a full time academic. She enjoys continued connection to industry through a number of active KTPs. Her areas of research include digital construction, procurement, and quality management and its effectiveness in practice.
The project includes a collaborative research team from Queen's University Belfast (QUB) and Felix O'Hare Ltd.
- Dr Tara Brooks (QUB PI)
- William Adams (KTP Associate/Site BIM Implementation Co-ordinator, Felix O'Hare Ltd)
- Rori Millar (Head of Digital Construction, Felix O’Hare & Co. Ltd)