Service Penetration Management An Ardmac Solution

Service Penetration Management An Ardmac Solution

ARDMAC

Our vision is to be the contractor of choice for clients and the workplace of choice for great people. Established in 1977, Ardmac is an international construction specialist delivering complex and high-value workspaces and technical environments. Headquartered in Dublin, and with offices in Manchester, Craigavon, and Brussels, Ardmac employs over 350 people and provides specialist services to the commercial fit-out, life sciences, and data centre sectors. Ardmac’s vision is to be “t he contractor of choice for clients, and the workplace of choice for great people ”. Ardmac’s mission is “to consistently provide the ultimate solution for high value working environments through continuous investment in the best people, technology, and processes”.

02 ABOUT ARDMAC

12 FROZEN PARTITION ELEVATION 13 CERTIFIED FIRE STOPPING

06 SERVICE PENETRATION MANAGEMENT OVERVIEW 04 CHALLANGES IN SERVICE INTEGRATION 08 SERVICE PENETRATION MANAGEMENT PROCESS 10 EARLY CONTRACTOR ENGAGEMENT

14 BUILDING SMART

15 CONTACT US

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OUR CULTURE: BUILDING BETTER THROUGH COLLABORATIVE, LEAN BASED INNOVATION Ardmac is about people and building better. We believe in building long-term relationships with both our clients and our employees. We believe in deploying innovative technology throughout Ardmac to empower our people, drive performance and delight our customers.

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The successful construction of complex technical environ- ments for the data centre industry involves the carefully sequenced integration of multiple building components. It has become industry norm to aid this complex process with BIM (Building Information Modelling). As a consequence of the proven benefits to cost and schedule certainty, clients and partners of the building expect a high standard of BIM from their specialist supply chain partners, as standard.

Equally, reliance on competent specialist firestopping has become increasingly important to clients for the safety of personnel and the protection of assets. The following describes how a Lean Initiative developed and utilised by Ardmac leverages a technology based process to apply an innovative digital construction process - Service Penetration Management.

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Challenges in service integration

Where services interface with, or pass through internal partitions a tertiary construction element is created, upon which multiple stakeholders depend. This is represented in model form by a penetration in a partition, allowing services to pass from room to room, clash free. The sum total of penetrations can be costly to clients, with varying commercial impacts based on quantity, size, height above floor level, location and type. Traditionally, the true cost of the penetrations is unclear and can remain largely undefined until well into the construction programme. Additionally, service penetrations require specific and often expensive firestopping materials to maintain the integrity of fire rated partitions and to conform with building standards. However, despite the need, the industry lacks one end-to-end dedicated sectoral standard or defined BIM or site process for the modelling and management of service penetrations. The existing standard management procedure for this element of works is limited in most cases.

Traditionally, the true cost and total sum of penetrations is unclear and can remain largely undefined.

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Typically, service providers identify physical openings in partitions through in-situ marking and cutting during construction. Openings are sometimes cut in error or out of sequence.

This unstructured format is untraceable as the openings were not recorded as individual elements and therefore do not leverage the potential LC (Lean Construction) benefits made possible through BIM. Without an established BEP (BIM Execution Plan) to define the processual sequence of works required for interdependent contractors to model and track openings, clients do not have full visibility of the quantity, potential cost, or impact on the construction schedule, elevating the projects overall risk profile. Furthermore, without adequate modelling of openings through an established, controlled and agreed process, the openings marked or cut in error are typically unidentifiable from those which are genuinely required. For contractors, the risks are equally high as seeking commercial recovery for untraceable service openings within the partitions is difficult and more likely to become a source of conflict.

Ardmac’s BIM lead Service Penetration

management Process is fully coordinated from modelling through to site install, giving our clients full visibility of project progress through the use of a tailored BEP (BIM Execution Plan), software and live progress tracking.

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SERVICE PENETRATION MANAGEMENT THE ARDMA WAY

The management of building service penetrations within the internal partitions is a sectoral issue, creating challenges for multiple stakeholders including Ardmac, service providers and end-users. Resolving this issue through the application of a robust, well defined and controlled BIM process introduces value to projects. Where the Service Penetration Management Strategy is applied as an agreed BIM approach to managing and tracking service openings, reliable quantitative and reportable data and clarity can be provided for all stakeholders. Ardmac’s BIM lead Service PenetrationManagement provides a fully coordinated process from modelling through to site install. This gives our clients full visibility of project progress through use of a specific BIM Execution Plan , software and live reporting to keep all stakeholders informed on a project.

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Service Penetration Management An Ardmac Solution

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A bespoke master tracker tool provides instant feedback to the site teams, clearly identifying:

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The process addresses the specific issues, with value generation potential for multiple stakeholders. Service Penetration Management Process

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Weekly Tracker Reports: Service Co-ordintion Report, Documents Site Progress, Opes Requested, Opes Approved, Opes Cut On Site, Opes Populated, Opes Firestopped

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early contractor involvement The Ardmac Way

Ardmac’s BIM lead Service PenetrationManagement Process is fully coordinated from modelling through to site install, giving our clients full visibility of project progress through the use of a tailored Penetration Management BEP (BIM Execution Plan), software and live progress tracking to keep all stakeholders informed on project coordination and commercial outcome. The ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) stage of the programme is utilised in this case to insert Ardmac’s tailored BEP as a supplementary guide for service providers and the project BIM team. ECI (Early Contractor Involvement) leads to the best outcomes for our clients. An integrated approach to service penetrations during the pre-construction stage ensures alignment between contractors and client needs. The step-by-step process outlines the most efficient and impactful methods for identifying service penetration locations, generating penetration models with unique identifiers and freezing penetration models before construction commences. The model freeze is a key milestone in the BEP and creates the opportunity to evaluate the impacts of the penetrations on the structural stability and passive fire protection required at each interface. Where the structural stability of partitions may be compromised due to large openings or where clusters of openings occur, identifying long-lead, high risk elements such as secondary support steel becomes possible at a much earlier stage in the programme.

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single source of truth

Weekly trackers demonstrate progress based on how many openings are modelled, frozen, cut on site and fire-stopped for each service provider

Live master tracker extracts model data to monitor quantity, and status of service penetrations under each service provider along the project time-line.

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Using BIM software including plug-ins for Autodesk Revit, all openings can be auto-formed around services penetrating partition models. Openings are formed as per firestopping manufacturer’s recommendations taking account of sizing and deflection limits. Opening information is inputted using the Naming Conventions outlined with the BIM Execution Plan, contributing to the traceability aspect of the process. All trade contractors have the ability to move and change the size of openings up until the builders work freeze date. Following the freeze date consultation with relevant supply chain partners including partition panel manufacturers & the firestopping material suppliers can take place. Should comments be received, requests for openings to be adjusted to comply with the structural & Fire Integrity of the wall are addressed and models are updated where necessary. Once the review process is completed, the openings become ‘frozen’ within the federated model. Builders work Elevations for the frozen area will be issued to all project teams and any change or additional penetrations can be communicated through the Change Process, creating a level of flexibility to account for error or change.

Example frozen partition elevation showing service penetrations with unique ID tags

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CERTIFIED FIRESTOPPING THE WAY

Ardmac are certified as a Competent Firestopping Contractor with UL® who are widely recognized as leading experts in testing, inspection and certification of building materials as well as firestopping contractors. This gives clients and building owners confidence, knowing our installation processes have been reviewed and management system certified through passing of UL Firestopping Examinations, maintenance of a prescribed 10-element management system evaluated through an annual audit, and the designation of a DRI (Direct Responsible Individual) within the organisation. In line with operational quality plans, the Service Penetration Management Process results in a detailed combined system of records for firestopping including a register, location plans, details, product data sheets and installation records. As each of the penetrations is modelled and given a unique ID reference within the model, the tracking and commissioning of the building fabric becomes much clearer from a passive firestopping perspective. Coupled with competent installation of the fire- stopping systems in line with manufacturer’s recommendations and project specification, dedicated install teams can carry out and record their works in line with certified firestopping contractor guidelines under the supervision of quality inspection plans and guidance from a firestopping DRI (Direct Responsible Individual).

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BUILDING SMART THE WAY

Deploying innovative technology throughout Ardmac to empower our people, drive performance and delight our customers. We place our customer at the centre and apply Lean construction principles and technology to everything we do at Ardmac. Our goal is to maximise value for our customers, allowing access to project information and performance in real-time on any mobile device. These digital processes not only improve efficiencies for Ardmac but also for our customers. They enable us to deliver projects faster while enhancing Safety and Quality. Working Smart allows us to consistently deliver excellence across multiple sectors and geographic regions. Technology has the power to drastically change the face of the construction sector and Ardmac are committed to staying ahead of the curve.

Empower our People

Delight our Customer

Drive Performance

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Contact our Data Centre technical team to learn more about the BEP, or benefits and application of Ardmac’s service penetration management process.

Ayush Sharma BIM Manager

Service Penetration Management An Ardmac Solution

ayush.sharma@ardmac.com +353 871149800

Ardmac’s Service Penetration Management facilitates a fully coordinated BIM process from modelling through to site install. This gives client and stakeholders full visibility of project progress through the use of bespoke Execution Plan which can be annexed to project BIM Execution Plan. Live Reporting using Master Tracker provide transparency and allow for leaner project coordination between all disciplines.

Peter Lonergan Data Centre Technical & BD Manager peter.lonergan@ardmac.com +353860423176

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