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Delivering outstanding projects through collaborative frameworks

 

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Carefoot are a Construction, Transport and Property Company with Traditional Family Values

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Over 70% of Carefoot Construction Work is Partnered with Local Authorities

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Carefoot register all construction sites under The Considerate Constructors Scheme

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Carefoot have an exemplary Health and Safety Record

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Carefoot log all their carbon emissions and aim to reduce year on year via Construct CO2

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Carefoot have a dedicated Customer Care Department after Project Handover

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Carefoot are fully committed to Apprenticeships and Training of all their Staff

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Carefoot aim to eliminate 90% waste created on site through improved design and procurement

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Carefoot have a proven track record of Continuous Improvement via Client KPIs

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Carefoot have a strong, quality supply chain with relationships continuing over 40 years or more  

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BIM

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The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet office on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Government’s intention to require: collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016.

Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation with the key objective of: reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%.  Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modeling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle.

Building Information Modeling has the potential to change the construction business model completely and enable full implementation of Lean principles such as early procurement, right first time installation on site, 3D design with full validation and a significant increase in productivity (current thinking is between 30 and 50% shorter construction periods) with all the associated reduction in costs.

For the customer there is the potential to have all the information they need about the performance of the asset (which is the value proposition) before during and after construction.

Here at Carefoot we have embarked upon this journey of BIM through awareness training for key management staff and our supply chain to ensure that our Clients are able to capitalise on the best practice principles of BIM providing more insight and greater predictability on each project they undertake.

Our understanding of BIM along with an integrated design team who are BIM trained and assessed for BIM capability and competency, enables the design work to be progressed seamlessly and concurrently between parties. The lead designer implements their project running methodology, based on the RIBA Plan of Work, enhanced by the BIM Overlay, allowing the new procedures to be integrated through the design, construction and on-going management process.

Early involvement by ourselves allows us to engage with the project helping achieve greater savings in cost, time, material usage and buildability.

A BIM Execution Plan is implemented on the project recording technical standards, outputs and deliverables, processes and responsibilities as part of the response to the brief – this is agreed as one of the first actions to ensure that the whole team can move forward effectively and efficiently.

Implementing the BIM process will allow:

  •  The skills of all parties involved in the design, construction and management of a building to be harnessed from inception. It encourages collaboration, innovation, with goals of reduction of waste and enhancement of efficiency
  • Early analysis to be carried out on environmental performance, optimising the building’s potential for passive design, though the integration and linking of Part L thermal modelling software while decisions are taking place regarding use of materials
  • Clash detection software to be used to highlight conflicts which exist in the building, particularly between elements of structure and services
  • Health and Safety aspects of the construction and maintenance to be analysed as the design is developed, and risk designed out
  • ‘Time’ to be added to the model, allowing us to review and refine the construction of the building, through the examination of the critical path activities and logistical issues.
  • Cost and Quality schedules to be added to the model, allowing costings for a design to be produced more effectively, and at an early stage ensures the design and construction elements are optimising the budget
  • Facilities Management information to be incorporated into the model, allowing it to be used at the completion of the construction work by the end user to manage their new facility