Using BIM on Istanbul Grand Airport
Yusuf Akcayoglu has managed many airport projects, such as the New Doha International Airport, the Muscat International Airport, Midfield Terminal Building at the Abu Dhabi International Airport and King Khaled International Airport in Riyadh. He has completed various prestigious projects in the Middle East and Russia. Since the beginning of the Istanbul Airport project, Yusuf has been the CEO of IGA, which has fast evolved into an extensive airport construction company. Yusuf told us about the project scope, budget, and Key Performance Indicators.
In a holistic manner, we have begun integrating our BIM Plan with the project designers via using interface management procedure. We have developed a 30-month plan covering a lifecycle which includes our strategy declaring design development, construction documentation, and construction stages respectively.
Can you tell us about how BIM is being applied at Istanbul Grand Airport?
Leading the project individuals which consist of our designers and subcontractors to get familiarized with using the products of BIM in a very coordinated fashion is one of the most important key points in this process of applying BIM in construction. Another important key is designating integrated project delivery in a virtual room, also called BIM Room, that we provide for coordination, collaborative work, and also taking decisions with our subcontractors and designers.
The most outstanding part of this application is the way we reflect these key points and it is done by 150 iPads including all coordinated BIM models being used by the site engineers. Apart from 3D Models, via cloud system approved 2D shop drawings are also provided for the field. Along with the production on site, QA/QC is also integrated into a cloud system our engineers of both superstructure and infrastructure reach with their iPads. All of these applications take place on the Autodesk 360 Field platform. Furthermore, we have generated the biggest 4D model in the world and integrated more than 30,000 activities into the model to know our progress in every day and month to have dynamic control over the progress of the project.
How will BIM be used over the lifecycle of the airport?
Since the airport will be operated for 25 years after its completion, not only through the design and construction stages but also during the operation stage, usage of BIM plays a crucial role. Efficiently reaching all the necessary information and resolving of future operational problems related to airport systems during pre-commissioning, commissioning and maintenance stages will be possible with the usage of BIM. Additionally, it is aimed to apply BIM at all dimensions so that 6D of BIM which includes facility management/lifecycle management stage is planned to be started after the completion of the first phase resulting in the provision of sustainability.
Who are BIM leaders in Turkey?
When we think of the pre-set project duration and the size of work scope we have created change in, one can easily say that IGA has already started to lead and set the benchmarks in the AEC industry and digital construction. This is why the İstanbul Grand Airport project was selected as a finalist in the large infrastructure category of the Autodesk 2016 AEC Excellence Awards among 162 competitors from nearly 30 countries all around the world.
How is BIM adoption progressing and what problems has the construction industry faced?
The BIM adoption process has already accelerated in Turkey as the İstanbul Grand Airport project has become a key learning hub in the Turkish Construction Industry in which enormous numbers of subcontractors and designers are managed and fully implemented in the BIM environment. Besides, this has already overcome the limits the Turkish Construction Industry has been facing. Furthermore, replacing conventional methods of construction adopted by the Turkish Construction Industry for years with introducing a developing complex know-how is the most challenging part in the adoption process. I think that creation of a cultural change can only be possible with vision; strategy and decent execution. That is why only having a grasp of the theoretical background of BIM is not enough, but defining the clear vision, outlining the right strategy and seamless execution are crucial and essential.