What is digital construction at BAM?

BAM is fully embracing digital ways of working. We are using technological innovations such as BIM, robotics, 3D printing, virtual and augmented reality and modular/offsite construction, to enable us to build digitally before building on site.

Lifecycle information management

We adopt a whole life approach to digital, which places our client’s information requirements (employer’s and asset) at its heart. This makes certain that the right data is [PA1] obtained at the right time throughout the design, construction and operations phases, enabling stakeholders to realise a number of benefits including greater efficiency, cost savings, certainty and improved performance. We were one of the first contractors[PA2]  to achieve the BSI accreditation for PAS1192 and have adopted the latest technologies and software to allow us to capture data on site and during asset operations.

Virtual technologies

Technologies such as virtual, mixed and augmented reality enable our project team, client and stakeholders to experience an asset before it is constructed. Using a virtual viewer, individuals are able to walk through a building and gain a better understanding of the space and how it meets requirements. We are also able to create virtual fit outs, complete with fixtures, fittings, finishes and lighting, so that clients and potential tenants can see how a floor, room or retail unit would reflect their brand experience.

BAM has recently carried out trials of the new Microsoft HoloLens in the Netherlands. It allows users to see holograms within the existing environment and provides them with the right information at the right time, such as step by step assembly instructions. The HoloLens also enables us to improve health and safety and training, by freeing users hands and allowing others to see the same view as the wearer, so that help and advice can be given; reducing the risk of errors and failure costs.

Robotics, 3D printing and scanning

The last few years, have seen a growth in the usage of robotics and 3D printing within the construction industry. These technologies offer new innovative ways of fabricating and constructing items on and off site, as well as reducing the risks involved in entering confined or small spaces and increasing the speed of repetitive tasks. BAM is exploring the use of these tools within our business and . [PA3] We have developed a 3D builder robot, which is the first of its kind to use free-form print technology and automotive industry robotics. This ground-breaking innovation makes free-form architecture possible, as well as the creation of complex ornamental exteriors. The new robot with an exchangeable print head can print stone and concrete using the Italian D-shape method. In the future, it will also be possible to link new print techniques for steel and insulation material.

From Concept to Reality

Digitial and Physical Construction of the Public Transport Terminal Arnhem, The Netherlands.