Battersea Power Station was built in two parts in the 1930s and 1950s. The current redevelopment plans were realised following the purchase of the power station by a Malaysian consortium in 2012. Construction on phase 1 of the project began in 2013.
We were commissioned by TÜV SÜD Wallace Whittle to deliver a mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) modelling project for the Phase 1 Redevelopment of Battersea Power Station. The project involved the creation of fully coordinated MEP BIM models for 170 apartments within a six-month time frame. This required management and delivery of a substantial, high quality modelling resource working within a collaborative environment.
The success of this MEP modelling project relied on the early definition of processes and access for all parties to standardised information. This included a model template containing all the necessary geometry and data. A project library was also created containing all standard components such as plant and equipment, fixtures and fittings, annotation and system families.
An online portal was set up using Autodesk BIM 360 Glue to create a collaborative working environment for a widely dispersed team including the client. A comprehensive coordination plan was defined and implemented for the development and delivery of the models.
In less than three weeks we had set up the structure, processes and quality checks to begin the modelling programme. Basic training, supporting training materials and validation checks were provided together with guidance for the engineering and modelling teams.
From then on, we delivered eight to twelve fully coordinated MEP models each and every week. BIM 360 Glue was used to keep engineers informed and allowed them to review and comment on the models in progress. A colour coding system was used to signify the origin and importance of comments. All models were validated on completion and any errors highlighted to the engineering teams for resolution.
Once completed, checked and validated models were packaged as 3D Navisworks NWD and 2D PDFs and issued to the client. Effective design coordination meant this substantial project was delivered on time and on budget.