Following its summer rebranding, BIW Technologies has won its first public sector contract, the £41M redevelopment of the Ministry of Defence's Andover North site.
The prime contractor, Citex, will use the latest version of BIW's supply chain management tool, Information Channel (formerly Project Information Channel). Over 6,600 people from more than 1,100 companies working on 350 UK projects are now signed up to the Channel.
Information Channel will allow project data to be made available to every project team member through a unique, project-specific website. In keeping with the prime contracting process, the channel will provide a strong framework for partnering throughout the project.
Users will be able to create and access site information including drawings, photographs, comments, team member details and even virtual reality renditions, all viewed and sent securely using the internet.
The new package, version 3.0, was launched in June to coincide with a rebranding of the company which changed its name from Building Information Warehouse to BIW Technologies - and the creation of a new corporate identity to emphasise its role as a technology leader.
Version 3.0 incorporates many additional features requested by clients and users of BIW's service.
Each user's home page is now configurable. Since many users operate across several projects simultaneously, the home page can also indicate whether they have documents for review in their associated projects.
Viewing drawings and their associated details has been made much simpler with a custom-made CAD viewer.
'All our competitors use a third party drawing package, ' explains BIW chief executive Colin Smith.
'But this creates problems. First, it means users have to install CAD viewers on their PCs. Secondly, there isn't a viewer on the market that works across all platforms. So we wanted our own.'
Written using internet programming language Java, BIW's viewer can be used by both PC and Mac users. It offers all traditional features as well as extras such as distance and area measurement and a mark-up (red-lining) functionality that is fully integrated with Information Channel's existing database-driven commenting system.
The Andover North site spans some 14. ha which will be redeveloped to house 26,000m 2ofnew accommodation. Construction began in April.
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