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Video | 4D modelling innovation on M5

M5 Balfour Beatty

The Balfour Beatty and Vinci joint venture working on an M5 junctions upgrade to a smart motorway has broadened the scope of 4D modelling to boost management of the job.

Source: Balfour Beatty

4D modelling at the M5 Smart Motorway

It says a 12 hour job was finished 3.5 hours earlier because of the use of 4D modelling, which used the system for day-to-day project management, which it says is beyond standard practice.

The joint venture, working on junctions 4a to 6, says processes are faster and understanding is better thanks to the technology. The benefits include improved understanding of the works sequence before construction on site, reduced waste and inefficiencies, avoidance of operational and logistics clashes and mitigated health and safety risk.

“This is the first time Balfour Beatty VINCI joint venture has used this software as a management tool, taking the technology beyond site safety and operational planning uses in to all aspects of our work including site inductions. This collaborative approach has also extended to planning meetings with Highways England, resulting in a more seamless working relationship on a complex and busy project,” said Balfour Beatty digital project coordinator Josh Hanson.

“This approach will now be rolled out to our other highways projects as well as other areas of the business”.

The work on the M5 upgrade started in January 2016 and is due for completion in June 2017.

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