In brief

Construction news in brief


First ‘Live BIM’
Bridge and engineering services specialist Mabey is developing the industry’s first ‘Live BIM’, combining 3D modelling with physical and environmental data. The Live BIM will see 3D models of buildings, rail, roads and bridges connected with real-time sensors, creating digital graphics, which will change shape and colour as problems arise in specific areas. With dedicated engineering support customers will be able to click into sensor readings on the live visualisation of a structure, making it far easier to access and understand information than on spreadsheets and graphs.

Live BIM will form a part of Mabey’s LIVEsite web portal, which provides real-time data to engineers to give early indication of issues and enable rapid response. It will be available to Mabey customers from early 2017.

Brexit effects
Commercial insurer RSA has released a report, Future Impacts, which assesses the effects of economic events such as Brexit on business growth, as well as the risks that businesses face and how they are managing those risks. The research found that Brexit is not perceived as a risk by 77 per cent of businesses in the construction sector, with 48 per cent stating that leaving the EU will have no impact at all, and 29 per cent saying it will have a positive effect on their business.

Connected buildings
MediaCityUK buildings have officially been rated as the first Wired Certified Platinum buildings in the North of England, for their best in class broadband and telecoms infrastructure, making them the ideal location of choice for all businesses. MediaCityUK’s Orange, Blue, White and Tomorrow buildings have been hailed within the top ten per cent of properties across the UK and United States, by the international digital connectivity rating scheme, WiredScore.

Works package
Thomson Habitats, the terrestrial arm of leading ecology consultancy, Thomson Ecology has won the contract to work on Shoreham Adur Tidal Works scheme following a competitive tendering process. The team will be working with contractors J T Mackley & Co on the contract.

Key role
Turner & Townsend has cost managed the conversion of the former Commonwealth Institute building into London’s new Design Museum which opened to the public on 24 November 2016. The new venue is three times the size of the Design Museum’s former home and is expected to attract 650,000 visitors a year. The 10,000m2 building, which had stood vacant for over a decade, has been redeveloped by a team led by London architectural designer, John Pawson.