• Sweco

    Sweco | Digitalisation with BIM

    United Kingdom

Project Summary

    • PROJECT DELIVERY - Sweco

A Challenge to Advance Project Delivery

Sweco is one of Europe’s leading architecture and engineering consultancies. They have offices in over 14 countries, have 17,500 employees, and have worked on projects in over 70 countries. In their pursuit of shaping tomorrow’s sustainable cities and societies, they believe that infrastructure will be an essential foundation for the coming years. To this end, they challenged themselves and the clients they worked with to transition to more sustainable, digital methods of work, focusing on long-term improvements as they planned and designed communities and cities.

Pushing the Boundaries of Collaboration

To achieve these advancements in infrastructure, they made it their goal to implement a connected, digitalized approach across their global projects. Traditional data management methods would not work because they are often time consuming, labor intensive, and error prone. Project data under these methods was unstructured and tedious to manage because the data was housed in several locations—including servers, local hard drives, and ad hoc file-sharing—resulting in dispersed and duplicated information across several locations. Sweco also knew that they had to push the boundaries of how their global projects and teams were connected to information and to one another. Not only did they need to work with always-updated project information across disciplines and worksites, but they also needed to standardize and effectively manage their information in a centralized, up-to-date data model. The centralized data model would help them gain efficiencies and mitigate risk by ensuring that their projects adhered to BIM standards and best-practice workflows. They could also give their project managers access to automated project insights to identify and circumvent potential bottlenecks and issues ahead of time.

Bringing Together Projects and Teams around the World

Already familiar with Bentley applications, Sweco established an open, connected data environment based on ProjectWise that supported cooperation across many countries and disciplines. ProjectWise enabled them to create digital twins, which served as a single source of information for any given project and enabled them to collect, manage, and disseminate all relevant project documents for multidiscipline teams in managed processes. Since deploying ProjectWise in October 2019, Sweco has used it as the single source of information for 16 major projects across 14 organizations globally. In particular, Sweco UK is delivering 10 projects within their data model, with an estimated cost of over GBP 750 million from 16 offices and with over 300 project members, allowing clients, designers, contractors, and stakeholders across England to work together in one large collaborative team.

Enhancing Collaboration for Better Project Outcomes

Working with Bentley, Sweco was able to successfully deploy an asset-centric ISO 19650 data model within four weeks, a process that has previously taken up to six months. By embracing a live decision-making process to digitally approve design deliverables, Sweco has seen 10% efficiency savings on project programs. Improved information management has enabled them to leverage clash avoidance processes to gain up to 30% more efficiency in interdisciplinary review processes, as well as ensure that all project information created and managed within folders aligned with the client’s asset-data requirements. Without needing to manually extract and analyze performance data, Sweco project leaders were able to make more proactive decisions, which was critical in delivering projects faster and with less risk. Through these changes, Sweco has seen significant gains in overall productivity and reductions in schedule risk, design errors, and rework across their projects. These benefits have translated to cost savings as well, in addition to improved quality of project delivery.

Project Playbook: ProjectWise

Outcome/Facts
  • Sweco was able to deploy an asset-centric ISO 19650 data model within four weeks, a process that has previously required in-house customization and taken up to six months.
  • Sweco’s ProjectWise data model manages 16 major projects, allowing 14 organizations and more than 300 members to work with information in real time.
  • By embracing a live decision-making process to digitally approve design deliverables, Sweco has seen 10% efficiency savings on project programs.
Quote:
  • “Embracing Bentley’s managed service with our ISO 19650 data model is allowing us to fast-track our aspiration to deliver digital twin solutions for our partners and clients.”

    Rupinder Wilkhu Head of Digital Delivery & BIM Sweco