ISG wins digital construction award for innovative approach to Manchester school project

29 June 2018

ISG wins digital construction award for innovative approach to Manchester school project

ISG’s work to deliver a Manchester schools programme wowed judges at the recent North West Regional Construction Awards, as it scooped the Digital Construction Award. 

“The software developed in this project was both unique and excellent,” said judges of ISG’s £3.2 million St Margaret’s CofE project. 

Developed by ISG’s in-house research and development team in London, the BIM Level 2 project utilised ISG’s ‘smart forms’ technology, which automates the collection and input of COBie data from its supply chain into the Asset Information Model.

Jane Shaw, senior design manager for ISG, led the implementation of the software on the project alongside BIM manager, Jim Burke. 

Jane said: “This project delivered Manchester City Council’s first fully integrated Asset Information Model, including every maintainable asset. 

“It was a first in many ways for us, utilising both our own smart forms software and trialling the NBS toolkit

“By using the latest technology, we were able to deliver significant benefits to the client, making the wider schools programme quicker and more cost efficient.”

By removing the need for manual completion of technical submission sheets and commissioning sheets on site, followed by data input of that information, the smart forms process saved hours of time and improved accuracy by up to 95% on the St Margaret’s CofE project. 

ISG’s BIM lead, Mark Norton, said: “It has taken a year to perfect our in-house digital capture process and implementation.

“Now with the excellent work our colleagues have managed in the north, we have reaped due reward. 

“Well done to our Manchester team of Jim and Jane, thoroughly deserved.”

ISG was appointed by Manchester City Council through the North West Construction Hub (NWCH) to deliver a programme of primary schools in November 2016. 

The modular new build and refurbishment programme sees ISG deliver projects across 10 existing schools to meet demand for additional form entry. 

The project also came highly commended in the Integration and Collaborative Working Award category, thanks to the involvement of the supply chain and design team partners in the preconstruction stage. 

This collaborative approach allowed ISG to achieve planning submission within five weeks of appointment and completion of RIBA Stages 3-6 in under nine months, including the erection of modules on site within five days. 

The project will now go on to the national Constructing Excellence Awards in November. 

ISG’s work to deliver a Manchester schools programme wowed judges at the recent North West Regional Construction Awards, as it scooped the Digital Construction Award.