A Garden Bridge too far: 10 construction projects that broke the bank

Mired in controversy since its inception, London’s Garden Bridge could waste around £40m of public money if it has to be scrapped. Far from being the first project that’s cost the earth, Garden Bridge is just the latest in a long line of construction projects that have broken the bank. Here we take a look at ten of history’s costliest buildings, many of which make Garden Bridge look like a bit of a bargain.

Interserve: Why we'll never go back on BIM

When Interserve won the contract to build the £90m Manchester Proton Beam Therapy Unit at Christie Hospital in Manchester, they knew that such a ground-breaking facility warranted the use of innovative technology and showcase our commitment to BIM at every stage of the development.

BIM: A Definition

BIM operates at different levels. Each level describes a different set of criteria which, when met, demonstrate a particular level of ‘BIM maturity’. These levels begin with 0 and go up to 4D and beyond. They are used to gauge how effectively information is being shared and managed throughout the supply chain.

BIM: Information Overload! (Part 1)

When Bertram Gross, Professor of Political Science at Hunter College, coined the phrase ‘information overload’ in 1964, it’s pretty unlikely he was giving any thought to BIM.

However, his definition of the phenomena does still have some relevance for today’s construction industry.

Digital setting out: A workable solution for the UK?

What is Digital Setting out? Digital setting out technology means transferring BIM models electronically to the Job Site by using a Robotic Total Station and Tablet set up. This device is then used to locate your drawings specific location points such as hanger points, building works holes, equipment locations, lighting fixtures and pretty much anything that you can identify in the model.  

Is your business suffering from a skills shortage? Is your potential profitability being undermined?

In these challenging times, with tight margins, getting your estimate right is absolutely essential to your business.  Time pressures and a lack of skilled people can exacerbate the problem.

What do people mean by “BIM-to-Field”?

BIM-to-Field is the process of taking the accurate digital data in an information model and using it to inform accurate construction, operations or maintenance out on site.

Brexit and BIM

Whilst the tide ebb's and flows on whether to Remain or Brexit, the UK's private construction sector have seemingly heeded the expert advice that leaving would impact growth and jobs and create business uncertainty and therefore risk.

Construction in 2025 - What will change?

As a forward thinking and proactive business, Trimble is always looking for solutions that help the industry work more productively and effectively. Bringing together industry experts from all of its corporate divisions, Trimble is able to realise its vision of a seamless and cost-effective future for the construction sector.

Rage against the Machine

All too often, we hear the adage that BIM is 10% technology and 90% sociology but what does this really mean if so many construction industry stakeholders still remain sceptical about the benefits to them?

 

 

Handheld versus Tripod - which 3D scanner do you need?

With both handheld and tripod mounted scanners available, which type of scanner will provide you with the functionality you need in order to create 3D models of your MEP installations?

Why you can’t afford to be without Amtech ProDesign

Whatever the size of your business, counting the cost of challenges faced on site can leave you out of pocket and clients feeling short changed. With this in mind, the team behind the software explain why it’s time to ask yourself: “Can I afford not to use a product like Amtech ProDesign?”

A short poem about BIM

A short poem about BIM (which is not really short and could be read as a metaphor for anything you like really (as long as it’s not unseemly)).

Unique challenges facing the MEP sector over BIM implementation

When it comes to BIM implementation, the MEP sector faces a series of unique challenges.