The handover marks the symbolic transfer of a construction project from the main contractor to the owner. But the handover itself has a much longer lifespan – one that extends both before and after the project is complete.Read more
SCS, a joint venture between Skanska, Costain and STRABAG, is delivering the southern section of the £106bn HS2 project. This project is one of the most complex and challenging railway initiatives the United Kingdom has ever undertaken, and is tasked with saving the government £500million in digital efficiencies, proving HS2 Ltd’s commitment to applying global best practice in design and construction.
In order to meet the government’s targets, SCS devised a bold digital strategy, connecting data models with information flow, removing paper from construction sites, and improving accuracy and quality through direct digital connections. To help it achieve this, the team has implemented leading construction management software, Zutec.
SCS began developing a ‘Digital Blueprint’ for BIM on large infrastructure projects from tender stage, supporting HS2’s aim to ‘go beyond the government’s mandate to transform the way the industry has traditionally designed, constructed and managed infrastructure projects.’
In the first phase of its digital information flow project, all inspection and test plans (ITPs), permitting, site communication, red lining, as-builts and management of temporary works are set to be integrated effectively with the data model, and will digitise approximately five million quality check sheets.
As part of accelerating the transition to cloud technology, Zutec drove implementation at speed, adapting to provide training and support remotely thereby ensuring site teams felt comfortable and secure in using the tool. The benefit was proven when the design team could review and confidently sign off piling records without going to site.
Further, the project offers health and safety, time, cost, data security, environmental and quality benefits by enabling data in forms to be pre-populated from the model (one source of the truth), forms to be filled out and reviewed digitally, full audit trails, and a reduction of digital platforms staff have to use, as well as response times, by up to 80%.
Crucially, Zutec enhances performance and efficiencies through streamlining site inspections with automated workflows, notifications and PIN-secured signatures in a common data environment (CDE). It has also allowed SCS to package the final handover documentation almost instantly and provides an ideal environment for all involved to input more accurate records into the digital twin, which can then be passed over to the client to maintain the railway.
In addition, Zutec supports supply chain integration by giving suppliers, who have been integral in shaping the final solution, access to the BIM data lake (database of all engineering data) through pre-populated forms.
Peter Ruff, Head of BIM for SCS HS2, says, “During this project, Zutec has demonstrated the true value of digital twins in asset management. The software also proved to be a lifeline during the pandemic, as it allowed us to adopt cloud technology quickly and efficiently, and still hit all of our key milestones. We were even able to adapt quickly to provide training and support remotely, thereby ensuring site teams felt comfortable and secure in using the product.”
To date, the system has been rolled out to 550 staff and 48 subcontractors, growing to 1500+ users and 80 companies in 2022. From the on-site time and cost savings of reducing the Inspection and Test Plan sign-off process from 21 days to four—a 90% reduction in time spent completing forms—to the improved visibility of quality issue trends through real-time reporting, Zutec is already ensuring success, right-first-time and customer satisfaction.
Zutec is continuously evolving to meet the needs of its users. Tom Boland, Global Head of Digitalisation, says, “The use of Zutec on HS2 shows how digital tools can transform construction projects of every size. This is truly a key moment in history and a perfect example of what the future of the industry holds if it continues to take the plunge into digitisation and embraces the power of technology.”
This level of connection between the model and the quality documentation with real-time reporting is unique in the construction industry, and has the potential to drive the whole sector toward true construction excellence. Not only is Zutec inspiring a digital ‘evolution’, it’s establishing a digital evolution for years to come.
Ireland Brown Constructions engaged Zutec on this project to consult and deliver a cloud based solution for several of their processes. The Snagging & Defect Management tool was used to help manage the Quality Assurance for the project. Ireland Brown Constructions used the Zutec solution to capture defects and raise them against the responsible subcontractors. The Client Representatives, Ireland Brown Constructions and all subcontractors used this tool to collaborate and resolve issues captured onsite. The Snagging & Defect Management tool also provided detailed insights and analytics through the embedded and interactive dash boarding on the Zutec Platform. The Zutec Firewall Penetrations tool was also utilised on this project which allowed Ireland Brown to confidently capture, manage and report on all fire penetrations across the project.
As with any large development, project handover is a key component in completion and Zutec’s Digital Operations & Maintenance Manuals were used as a collaboration tool for all subcontractors to upload all of the required handover information which is essential for a smooth handover and successful running of the building post-handover. All information uploaded was brought through a workflow and validated by the various certifiers. Zutec’s Digital Operations & Maintenance Manual tool provided real time reports on the handover documentation progress which enabled Ireland Brown Constructions to effectively track and capture all the required documentation in time for handover.
When complete, the Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital will offer emergency, maternity, rehabilitation, mental health, renal and outpatient services as well as a comprehensive cancer centre and specialist medical and surgical services such as neurosurgery, cardiac surgery, maxillofacial surgery, a major trauma service and pediatrics.
The Snagging & Defect Management tool was used as the main Quality Assurance collaboration platform for the project. Lend Lease used this to capture all tasks such as snags, defects, observations, incomplete works, outstanding works and clean up notices and raise them against the responsible subcontractors. The Client Representatives, Lend Lease and all subcontractors use this tool to collaborate and resolve all issues captured onsite. The Snagging & Defect Management tool also provided detailed insights and analytics through the embedded and interactive dash-boarding on the Zutec Platform.
As with any multi million dollar development, project handover is a key component in completion and Zutec’s Digital Operations & Maintenance Manuals were used as the collaboration tool for all subcontractors to upload all of the required handover information, which is essential for a smooth handover and successful running of the building post-handover. All information uploaded was brought through a workflow and validated by the various certifiers. Zutec’s Digital Operations & Maintenance Manuals tool provided real times reports on the handover documentation progress which enabled Lend Lease to effectively track and capture all the required documentation in time for handover.