The challenge was to provide the school staff, pupils and other stakeholders the ability to remotely (e.g. virtually) walk through their building, giving them the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment prior to handover and occupation of the new school.
Unfortunately, due to the Covid 19 pandemic, this challenge was amplified with the output becoming critical as a result of being unable to host our usual pre-handover site visits in person. These visits traditionally happen prior to handover and the occupation the new school, providing a key opportunity for familiarisation and operational training. Determined not to let the situation block this engagement it was time to get creative.
At Kier we didn’t want this to impact on the key interaction which was required with the various project stakeholders.
To ensure that we could still provide stakeholders with the opportunity to familiarise themselves with their new working environment, Craig Mason (BIM Manager KCNS) identified an opportunity to use an existing technology typically used for other construction and handover purposes to build a Virtual Transition Model.
Using scanning equipment, Craig was able to capture and translate the physical building into a virtual environment. Once scanning was complete, a simple pdf document were created with embedded links to the virtual model. The model was also enriched with wayfinding / signage and departmental links to enhance the end user experience. The pdf document was then distributed to the school and local authority, providing all project stakeholders with an intuitive and engaging solution to the original challenge.
This innovative initiative has been hugely successful and has received significant positive feedback from all project stakeholders. This was confirmed through the stats we collate which indicated that we had +1400 hits in its first two weeks.
The success and high levels of engagement with the Virtual Transition Model was down to the simplicity of presenting a very sophisticated technology within a pdf document, linking to an intuitive and engaging user experience. This meant that there was no requirement for training or for project stakeholders to have expensive software installed.
Going forward, it has been identified that due to the success of the Virtual Transition Model solution, we would look to offer it as an enhance handover deliverable on all projects going forward.
The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Due to open in 2021 it will reduce journey time from the terminal to central London to under 30 minutes.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
Supporting the power requirement for ongoing Brighton Main Line signalling renewal works. We installed a Westplex System in order to upgrade a key commuter line to increase the quantity of trains able to utilise the line.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Kier was selected to construct a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. The site is adjacent to the River Trent and the existing coal fired power station.
Transforming the former Manor and Kingsway Hospitals situated 1.5 miles west of Derby city centre, creating a diverse and thriving community of 700 homes with recreational facilities, retail space and a business park to create 450 jobs.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Creating a purpose-built facility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Perinatal Services. Providing support for adolescents, pregnant women, and women with a babies up to one year old who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Working with Network Rail to keep the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft up and running. Replacing the line's Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system after the frequencies were allocated to the MOD, coming up with a workable solution with the client and ensuring this vital rural connection remained in service.
Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
The new prison at Wellingborough will be an adult male Category C resettlement prison, designed to enhance rehabilitation. The project is embracing a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and integrating digital tools to drive efficiencies in the design, construction and operation of the facility.
A modern primary school in Bestwood, Nottinghamshire, for an expanding local community that involved pupils throughout the build delivered through the Scape Minor Works Framework by Kier and Arc Partnership