Kane Recognized for Innovative Use of Technology on Claridge’s Hotel Project
Benedict Wallbank, BIM Strategy and Partnerships Manager at Trimble Viewpoint, reviews how Trimble Viewpoint’s Field View improved safety, efficiency and productivity during the construction of Claridge’s Hotel
Kane has always embraced project innovation and used an “everyone on deck” approach to solving tough challenges. So when the contractor faced the most logistically challenging project in its history – the design, pre-fabrication and installation of the £12 million energy center for Claridge’s Hotel, a stunning property art deco style luxury home developed by Maybourne Group in London’s Mayfair – Kane relied on Trimble Viewpoint. Field View solution to help you go further.
“The Claridge’s Hotel was Kane’s most logistically challenging project to date and our project team relied heavily on Field View for on-site quality control, pressure testing, HSE inspections , power-on applications and work permits,” said Martina Hawkins, business systems manager for Kane.
The Claridge’s Hotel was a massive project, a massive undertaking and fraught with these challenges due to the fact that the project was located five stories underground:
- Ensure quality communications between construction teams working in the Energy Center – located five floors below ground – for project teams working in a Northern Ireland office and ground level teams located at the project site.
- Logistics of transporting prefabricated project materials to and from the project site.
- Registration operations for health and safety, permits, assembly, maintenance and commissioning.
Designing and building a project five stories underground requires advanced project management technology
“Using Field View has enabled our team to consistently deliver design-driven solutions for our client,” Hawkins explained.
“We chose to work with Field View and the Trimble Viewpoint team because of their knowledge, as well as the stellar digital solution they developed, allowing us to complete our project.”
To execute this massive project in a safe, efficient and cost-effective manner, the team ditched paperwork and went digital with Field View and Viewpoint for Projects (VFP). Kane equipped the project team with tablets and general training on the Field View solution. Soon after, the team began using Field View and VFP for key project management tasks, including:
- Process, store, share, review and annotate all project data – including models, drawings and documents – in a secure location accessible to all project stakeholders.
- Quickly open and fill out personalized online forms and share them in real time with those who need information.
- Project managers conducted on-site safety visits with tablets, noting and photographing problems from inception to their correction.
- Logistics of prefabrication materials in the workshop in Northern Ireland, then transport and installation through an opening of 3m x 3.4m to access the basements.
- Using off-site solutions including Virtual Reality (VR) and Anchor Point Scoring to show the project team and client the methodology for safe transportation and delivery of MEP systems.
The team also relied on digital technology to create and scan QR codes to tag assets (boilers, valves, etc.) for maintenance and commissioning tasks. Kane now uses these QR codes to manage his facilities management contract with Claridge’s Hotel.
“A key driver that led us to Viewpoint’s Field View was knowing that we would increase safety and gain efficiencies on projects by using digital communications,” Hawkins said.
“The final results speak for themselves”
Through innovation and advancing all internal capabilities – achieving streamlined efficiency – Kane successfully delivered Claridge’s ambitious hotel project, exceeding owners’ expectations and leading to an extended scope of work for hotel projects.
“From the first meeting, when the project stakeholders explained their vision and what they were trying to offer Claridge’s, we were hooked on the project,” said Cathal McMullan, Kane’s Managing Director. “The end results speak for themselves.”
Kane logged 93,863 man hours for the Claridge’s Hotel project, which included a 24,000 m3 basement and over 10,000 m of pipe installation.
At the end of the project, the total number of documents was 5,156 between Kane and the other 17 contractors – including 247 drawings and 430 prefabrication drawings – and a project email archive of 13,973.
Kane used Viewpoint Field View to generate over 2,000 QR codes and attach them to plant assets to record future maintenance checks.
Digital integration and team collaboration are key. Kane continues to deploy Field View on all company projects.
About Field View
Viewpoint Field View is a cloud-based, offline mobile solution that helps construction manage projects efficiently by replacing pen and paper in the field for snags, forms and permits, project delivery, transfer and more.
Field View helps construction teams save time, resolve issues quickly, reduce risk, and deliver higher quality projects.
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