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Improved Building Information Modelling set to achieve material savings of 15% for Carbon Dynamic

Carbon Dynamic is set to save 15% on material costs through further integration of Building Information Modelling (BIM) into its internal systems to help reduce material needs and improve production times.

Carbon Dynamic designs and manufactures highly energy-efficient timber modular buildings using locally sourced, sustainable materials. The company heard about our services through a number of business networks, including Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE), a local business network.

Carbon Dynamic first approached us for assistance in 2015. At this point, they were seeking support to keep their carbon footprint and resource use as low as possible as their business quickly expanded. They were also keen to investigate the viability of implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) on projects - a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. Our team calculated that BIM implementation could offer Carbon Dynamic the opportunity to make potential savings of 10% in one year alone based on the company’s cost projections for 2015. Carbon Dynamic used this recommendation to successfully apply for funding of £19,000 from our Waste Implementation Fund to implement the model.

After implementing BIM and running the process for a year Carbon Dynamic approached us again for support in maximising its potential, specifically in seeking to increase the ‘BIM maturity level’ with which it is applied on projects and integrated into the company’s internal systems.

As BIM has the potential to integrate all project information from pre-construction through to post construction phases there were potential efficiencies to be made through considering how it could interface with existing internal systems and processes. The second assessment by our team showed significant opportunities for Carbon Dynamic to improve the maturity level of their BIM system. This would enable the creation of a single collaborative, online, project model with construction sequencing, cost and project life cycle information. Integration would help to convert tacit knowledge to explicit knowledge across the company.

Integration with internal systems and processes has now enabled Carbon Dynamic to improve the management of contract specifications, budgets and designs using BIM. It is estimated that using automated scheduling from BIM will save the company 15% on its material costs (compared to the baseline pre-BIM implementation).

Carbon Dynamic highly recommend that businesses adopt BIM for a more circular practice. As the model is able to describe every aspect of a built asset, it is best to start with a clear vision of what needs to be achieved whilst looking at the in-depth life cycle of all construction processes. It’s also important to make sure internal ideas and processes required to achieve this vision are in place before looking to realise aims through funding and support.

“Implementing BIM has enabled us to standardise our processes, enhancing performance whilst creating significant cost savings. We would highly recommend that all businesses adopt it to achieve a more waste efficient practice”. Max Garcia, Design & Engineering Manager, Carbon Dynamic

Carbon Dynamic has found the funding and support received from the service invaluable in developing their BIM capabilities and making considerable financial and material savings.

Material savings and improved productivity

Our free opportunity assessment identified the potential for Carbon Dynamic to:

  • Reduce material costs by 15% through automated scheduling from BIM
  • Reduce production times

Free construction advice and support

If your business is needing building information modelling (BIM) software – free training is available through Construction Scotland Innovation Centre and Scottish Enterprise. There is also financial assistance for small and medium sized enterprises to purchase the software in order to improve efficiency and reduce wastage.

We offer free, specialist consultancy support to help identify, explore, collaborate on and implement opportunities to future-proof construction projects.

If you would like to discuss how your business or project could work with Zero Waste Scotland please contact email the team. Your company could also benefit from the Waste Prevention Implementation Fund.

Our free service for Scottish businesses is funded by the Scottish Government and by the European Regional Development Fund through the £73 million Resource Efficiency Circular Economy Accelerator Programme. The support provided to this organisation was delivered by Zero Waste Scotland’s Resource Efficient Scotland programme, which has been relaunched as Zero Waste Scotland’s Energy Efficiency Business Support Service as of 1 April 2020.

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