British Antarctic Survey (BAS) has selected gliderbim® as its new Common Data Environment (CDE) to support the delivery of phase 2 of the Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme (AIMP). This 10 year, £500m programme will deliver on a wide range of construction projects required to support operations and science delivery across five BAS research stations.
BAS is a component of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC), the UK’s largest funder of independent environmental science, training and innovation which in turn is part of UK Research and Innovation.
BAS delivers and enables world-leading interdisciplinary research in the Polar Regions from its locations at the UK, Antarctica and the Arctic. Its findings from the Polar Regions are used to advance understanding of the Earth as a sustainable planet.
The Antarctic Infrastructure Modernisation Programme comprises a number of construction works associated with the introduction of a new aircraft to deliver logistical support to BAS science research activity and the modernisation of science research stations as operated by BAS in the polar regions, predominantly in Antarctica and Sub-Antarctica, as well as decarbonisation and renewables projects.
This modernisation includes an aircraft hangar facility, runway modifications, related offices and other buildings in these regions where scientist research is managed or carried out by BAS, NERC and UKRI.
The introduction of gliderbim® as the CDE for the programme will see the implementation of new information management procedures, ensuring a commonality across the supply chain. gliderbim® will allow BAS and its main contractor BAM Nuttall, appointed engineer, Sweco and Technical Advisor, Ramboll to better manage workflows and models to deliver comprehensive O&M information throughout the project lifecycle.
Nick Hutchinson, Managing Director at Glider said: “It is an amazing achievement to be formally appointed by BAS and begin the mobilisation phase of the gliderbim® roll out. We are looking forward to engaging in the AIMP Phase 2 programme over the coming years ahead with BAS and its partners.”
Jane Peacock, Project Information Manager at British Antarctic Survey, added: “Incorporating a CDE platform into the delivery aspect of the AIMP Phase 2 programme was high on our agenda for this second phase. We needed a CDE with neutrality and security at its core and gliderbim® provides this. gliderbim® will be the foundation in the next phase of the digital transformation of our construction projects and will play a key role in meet our goal of achieving Net Zero by 2040.”
You can read more about the current AIMP and its aims to keep the UK at the forefront of climate, biodiversity and ocean research here.
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