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Guidelines for piling data exchange to be drawn up

BURO HAPPOLD and Stent are teaming up to develop best practice guidelines for data exchange in piling.

The project, named Collaborative Piling, is the first to be awarded by Avanti, a five-year programme supporting construction teams using information technology to deliver projects.

Funded by the Department of Trade & Industry, Avanti will work through a team of 'partners' representing each stage of the project, who will cumulatively develop a best practice guide.

Consultant Buro Happold and foundation contractor Stent will focus on the piling supply chain and draw up a set of data exchange guidelines.

The project is expected to take between six and nine months.Work will involve mapping processes involved in the piling supply chain and identifying how they can be improved; understanding 3D data exchange; developing standard methods and processes to make data exchange work better; and research based on a live project.

'The aim is to deliver structural design certainty and reduce some of the risks associated with piling, ' said project leader and Buro Happold research engineer Steve Yeomans.

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