As part of our engagement with the client, we provided a full-time BIM coordinator to oversee processes and identify new efficiencies. One focus was to overhaul the way building services load schedules are produced. Prior to our involvement, this was produced in a manual way requiring a large workforce. It was time intensive and outputs were outdated, sometimes by weeks or months.
We devised a bespoke solution using Dynamo, a visual scripting language, to bring information from an Excel spreadsheet onto an overlay design model, carry out necessary calculations and produce load schedule summaries. With traditional load schedules, the value is lost as soon as the design changes or new engineering information is received. However, our bespoke solution provided an agile and powerful tool which keeps load data current as supplier information as the model and updated.
This automated process reduced the time it took to produce load schedules by over 95% compared to traditional methods. Taking into account the 18 venues and the continuous updates to designs between planning and the end of the event, our work saved approximately 1500 working hours from the schedule, allowing public money to go further, while helping to deliver an efficient and successful Commonwealth Games.