Bluebeam Helps Minimize Risk at Piccadilly Circus

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UK construction firm Forcia was recruited to complete a difficult task: “a refurbishment of a historically significant stonework building that housed an upscale shopping arcade [and was] supported, in part, by a 200-ton capacity column in the center of the entrance.” Not only did the column have to go, but there was another technicality to work around: “the building would remain occupied throughout the renovations, including the eight stories of office space sitting above the column.”

In order for this project on the arcade at Piccadilly Circus to succeed, collaboration needed to occur on all levels between Forcia and the engineering firm it worked with: Civic Engineers. Terry Crawford, the Forcia construction director, and Director of Civic Engineers Gareth Atkinson teamed up and worked very closely with each other all throughout the process. They conceived and traded plans back and forth, both internally and with the client, and Bluebeam Revu was always utilized as their mode of exchange.

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After “years of brainstorming, iterating and communicating with the owners” in addition to a bevy of technical considerations, the Forcia team discovered that they could “remove the column, transferring the load to a very large piece of steel, which they’d run crosswise over the opening to the arcade.” However, they still needed to keep disturbances to a minimum. Revu, in addition to collaboration and clear communication, helped this happen. Atkinson posited that Revu “enables engineers, architects and contractors to collaborate much easier. It facilitates the engineers, architects, contractors, from the guy onsite to the estimator in the office or the person who’s helping to devise the temporary work schemes using PDFs, which is critical because it’s much easier to use.”

On a project with such a thin margin for error, tensions are usually sky-high. What-ifs and pessimism can bog down a project if doubts go uncommunicated and unchecked. But “implementing Revu into the design process,” said Atkinson, “reduces the risk of errors or things not being picked up within the design process. Revu has definitely contributed to success at the arcade.”

The project took “a little over 12 months” to complete once the planning and procurement phase was completed. In agreement with Atkinson, Crawford added: “There’s a real opportunity to have Revu help push our industry on to what we know it can achieve. We need more collaboration. And that’s something that we’re really going to try to push forward in our mantra.”

The Forcia website mentions that the company offers “construction management expertise from structural engineering through to high class residential and interior fit-out including an in house building services team.” All of its projects are “managed by well trained and professional management teams using sound leadership skills and technical knowledge to deliver projects on time, within budget and to the highest quality.”

In the ten years since choosing Revu to elevate collaboration on its refurbishment projects, Forcia has implemented Revu across the entire organization and considers Bluebeam a partner in solving the complex problems that arise on its projects.

You can try Bluebeam Revu eXtreme for yourself with a full working version on a 30-day free trial. If you find that eXtreme has too much horsepower for your team, you can test drive Revu Standard or Revu CAD. Take the opportunity to see firsthand how Revu enables increased collaboration and will help you get more done in less time. When it’s time to convert that 30-day trial to a subscription or perpetual license, contact Applied Software and talk to a Bluebeam expert about your firm’s specific needs.

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