BAM Deutschland AG’s site management lagged due to conventional, paper-based inspection and documentation. Key decision-makers found themselves waiting around or digging through files to get more information. Worst of all, it was difficult to tell which information was up-to-date and accurate.
The team had already taken the first step in its digitisation by setting standards and implementing best practices and procedures to maximise efficiency and quality onsite. They now needed to connect the office to the construction site, integrating highly fractured and siloed operations to create better collaboration for trade coordination and quality assurance in a common data environment.
In evaluating technology, the team identified the need for an end-to-end business solution that is scalable and integrates with other systems to comply with project standards as mandated by the German government at the closeout of each project. With BIM 360 within Autodesk Construction CloudTM already in place across the BAM operating companies in the UK and Ireland, the deployment was a no-brainer.
In close collaboration with the project team, the digital construction department set up the project, determined the required capabilities, and aligned the processes based on the requests from the site team, the content of the quality management system, and experiences from the BAM operating companies in the UK and Ireland.
By digitising its project management workflows and construction process, the team drove greater collaboration and transparency between project stakeholders, reducing the risk of working off an outdated model. By storing data within a centralised platform, the team eliminated redundancies and streamlined workflows to increase productivity.
To maintain adoption across projects, BAM Deutschland AG has a BIM coordinator onsite to support the client, site manager, and subcontractors.
By offering continual training to its subcontractors, BAM Deutschland AG hopes to standardise its process for issue management tracking further to create efficiencies across future projects.
“BIM 360 offers constant and real-time information without any involvement of paperwork and enables smooth communication with the client, designers, and subcontractors. This saves time and prevents the team from acting on incorrect or outdated information,” says Naveed Zargar, BIM Manager at BAM Deutschland AG. Onsite workers now get clear instructions that are standard for every project and use mobile devices instead of heavy folders where QA/QC and reports are updated from the construction site and viewed on or offline anywhere, and stakeholders receive concise, relevant, and timely reports.
With BIM 360, the site team can link photos with locations from the field on a mobile device. Photos attached to Snags, checklists, or site diaries are emailed directly to the assignee/sub-contractor, enhancing the use of a transparent and collaborative system for working. This feature gives greater access and visibility of data, which wasn’t easily realised using traditional paper-based techniques and provides time savings of about 30% per week.
For BAM Deutschland AG, not only is BIM 360 a robust construction management platform, but the platform’s interoperability improves functionality with other systems. “The BIM 360 APIs are a key factor for bridging the gap between isolated systems and eliminating repetitive tasks,” says Dr. Amir Elmahdi, Head of Digital Construction, BAM Deutschland AG. “Connecting these systems will increase performance and thereby the acceptance of digitisation on our projects.”
BAM Deutschland AG’s new way of working has become an integral part of its digital construction success. The increase in time savings is a paradigm shift from focusing on repetitive administrative tasks to focusing on quality.
Since 2019, BIM 360 has become a standardised tool for digital collaboration and site mobility tasks across all projects. Every new project replicates BAM Deutschland AG’s master project template in
BIM 360 to ensure project success. To optimise for the future, the team continues to measure the efficiency of BIM 360 across key performance indicators and refine it as necessary.