Ara Institute of Canterbury Kahukura Block

BIM as a collaborative Quantity Surveying tool.

Ara Institute of Canterbury (Ara) wanted a new building to house its Architecture and Engineering students at its inner-city campus, a building aligned to Ara’s core values, including sustainability. The result was the Kahukura Block – a flagship building marking the entrance to the southern gateway of the campus.

Ara wanted to have as sustainable a building as possible and to ensure that its flagship project was built and delivered on time and to budget. The client and all of the design team saw the potential of BIM to add value to this project. Ara engaged AECOM to provide quantity surveying (QS) services, including cost plans for each stage of design, collaboration with the early contractor involvement (ECI) contractor, a schedule of quantities and administration of construction costs. The end result of the BIM-based QS process was a hybrid solution of timber, concrete and steel that uses the best of all of these materials to achieve a very efficient and more sustainable build.

This case study explains how AECOM used 5D BIM – quantity surveying in a collaborative digital environment - on this project to assist with cost estimation as part of a collaborative process. 5D BIM enabled AECOM to use intelligent data to provide Ara with accurate quantities and costings, fast.

Project duration: March 2014 to mid 2017

BIM Uses:
Cost estimation
Design authoring
Design review
Engineering analysis
3D coordination

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