Entered by Pinnacle Consulting Engineers
Multi disciplined supermarket
Pinnacle recently used BIM technology in the development of a bespoke Tesco Stores Ltd Supermarket design in Sheringham, Norfolk. BIM allowed the design team to combine the architects and mechanical engineers 3D models along with our own created Tekla steel, timber and reinforced concrete structural model. The BIM process provided a greater understanding of parametric relationships between disciplines, preventing co-ordination issues during the construction phase.
Improved communication and understanding
Collaboration undertaken by the design team utilised web based viewers which improved communication and understanding where complex issues arose. During the design process models were constantly exchanged between all parties to guarantee the structure met the requirements of the complex roof geometry whilst ensuring all mechanical services fit within the confines of the covered, louvered plant area. The final design allowed the client to visualise the complete shopping experience, creating an alive and real project.
BIM, an invaluable technique for our projects
Pinnacle added an in-house 3D drainage and terrain model ensuring there are no clashes between drainage runs and foundations. We also sent IFC model files externally to aid framing subcontractors during the construction co-ordination stages. Using this design analysis to test structural solutions in a virtual world pushes the boundaries of efficiency making BIM an invaluable technique for our projects. We will continue to promote the opportunities BIM presents us with to our project partners in the future.