Summers-Inman Building Information Modelling Team Win North-East BIM Competition with Vico Office


Summers-Inman recognised as one of the UK’s leading consultancy for Integrated Construction Management Solutions & Services, recently won the North-East BIM Competition, delivering multiple project models, estimates, schedules, and Owner materials in less than 8 hours.

The event was designed by the North East BIM Hub to engage with BIM Novices in the North East of England to show what can be achieved with BIM and to highlight the multitude of skills needed to properly execute BIM on a commercial construction project.

This is very different from “Hollywood BIM” or spinning a model on a screen to impress an Owner.  In order for a BIM project to share efficiencies with all constituents, it needs to be executed to an agreed and recognised standard. This means the model must contain solid geometry in order to contribute viable quantities which are used in construction estimates and schedules.  It also must be coordinated with all of the models from each of the other consultants.

Summers-Inman, who have recently invested in the purchase of Vico Office and the Customer Success Program all supplied by Rapid5D, are active members of the North East BIM Hub, part of the Government Task Force implementing the UK Governments BIM focused procurement strategy for all capital projects.

Summers-Inman assembled a team largely made up of novices and aimed from the outset to go beyond the mandatory brief to provide real deliverables related to their core disciplines of Project Management, Cost management and FM Consultancy.

The competing teams were all given the same information at the beginning of the day: a brief for a proposed community centre including goals and a 3D model of the existing site topography in *.dwg format.  At the end of the eight hours, the teams were asked to submit a summary proposal including methodology, a BIM Execution Plan, a federated multi-disciplinary model, the results of clash detection, and schedule simulation.

£60m Park Inn Hotel & Office Development.

The hotel contains 185 bedrooms plus all associated public and service facilities. A courtyard garden organises the ground floor plan with the bedrooms placed in an L-shape above. The top two floors are reserved for more expensive rooms and have extensive views.

The total office floor area (gross) is about 13,700m2 and is organised around an atrium. The floor plate gradually diminishes from both the north and south elevations and there are extensive roof terraces. The gross to net ratio of the office is 83% And the office floor plate is capable of subdivision into 16 different tenancies over the six floors. Within the atrium a spiral staircase connects the first three floors. The environmental strategy is an under-floor displacement ventilation system.

The hotel building has been leased by the Rezidor group and opened its doors to the public on the 23rd August 2010. The office building is expecting its first tenant in the first quarter of 2011.


The Aberdeen Society of Architects
 – Best Commercial Building (IQ Office Building)
The Aberdeen Society of Architects – Commendation for Hotel Leisure Building