Please forgive yet another AU2011-related blog post – and another plug for Lachmi Khemlani’s AECbytes newsletter – but CodeBook is mentioned in her description of the project finalists in HOK’s second Annual BIM Awards. This is an internal competition to evaluate and award projects within global architectural firm HOK that have exhibited exemplary use of BIM technology in four main categories: design, delivery, collaboration and visualisation, and Lachmi was one of the judges prior to a special awards ceremony at Autodesk University.
As a UK-based company, we were especially pleased to see HOK shortlist a London project, a biomedical research facility for the Francis Crick Institute, in the collaboration category. On this project, the design team, HOK, was co-located with the client, project manager and contractor, and all parties had access to a large number of BIM tools – including CodeBook – and adopted a shared BIM strategy. Lachmi highlights the role of CodeBook:
“The use of a Codebook database was also important, as it allowed the connection of room and furniture data with the main models. The vision was to allow this data to be used for procurement as well as downstream for asset management later.”
The project did not win the overall award, but it was a close-run thing; Lachmi noted “the overall quality of the projects was so high [that] the choice of winner in each of the four categories was far from unanimous among the jury members.” Well done to the Francis Crick Institute team for getting to the final shortlist (and thanks for using CodeBook as part of your collaborative effort).