Autodesk Build Case Study: CPAC Use Common Data Environment to Achieve Greater Efficiency

 The initial design phase of any construction project is pivotal, with collaboration across multidisciplinary teams laying the groundwork for the entire endeavour. The team at CPAC, including Mark Whitehead Construction Director, Lilia Moraru Senior BIM Lead & Design Manager, and CPAC Managing Directory Sean Murphy, identified the need for a robust solution that could deliver a Common Data Environment (CDE). This led to the adoption of Autodesk Build, a decision fuelled by the pressing need to ensure seamless collaboration and real-time access to the most updated project information.  


Video Transcript

Mark Whitehead  00:01

The design side of it at the beginning of a project is the key part of the project. But we needed a solution where we could create a common data environment. So we decided to adopt Autodesk an Autodesk Build because we had a real problem where we had drawings that maybe weren't the most up to date drawings. So everybody's working with the same information and pulling the whole project together, which in the end gives everybody the perfect project.


Sean Murphy  00:29

CPAC modular is a modular construction company, we would see yourself as a modern main contractor. And we have a fabrication facility here in Dunshaughlin County Meath, where we fabricate a very high percentage of the building off site.


Mark Whitehead  00:48

We're use in order to build on all our projects at the minute. We've got a project in Mount Anvil there in South Dublin and it is a project that leads a lot of coordination between the clients design team, our design team, the council, Irish Water, ESB, it's a huge project there that needs coordination at all stages. So this means that we've got a central Common Data Environment there where we can share the information. And everybody knows it's the correct information, which ensures that the project is moving forward, and it gets to the end goal or the right to the right time.


Lilia Moraru  01:19

No lost information in emails. It's always there. It's always up to date, latest drawing, latest revision. And also we can have the metadata that can help us understand what is the drawing, or what is that file, who did, when it was put it wasn't approved, was not approved and what stage we are. So it's a great way of collaborating between all the disciplines.


Mark Whitehead  01:37

The rollout process for Autodesk build, the biggest thing that we had to do is we had to get buy in from everybody within the company. And the way that we did that was that we did a soft approach a slow approach and showed the benefits of it. And everybody's got iPads on site now, so they can actually get the full benefits of Autodesk build. And as soon as they saw that, it meant that they weren't going to be reworks, or the right drawings, were going to be there. And they could rely on the information, that when everybody sort of turned and said, yeah, this is the solution for us.  What we're trying to do is we're obviously trying to build a digital twin of what we're building before we actually build it on site. The client can actually see the 3D Revit model, so that we can actually, you know, span around we can show the customer and we can actually zoom in and out of certain elements to show how things are built and how areas will look. So it's building digitally before we build on site.  So I suppose the vision for the future for CPAC module would be that we'd be in a position where obviously we can deliver a solution whether it be for student accommodation for healthcare for education, and we can deliver something very quickly, very efficiently, and get value for money for the client, but also get an extremely high quality product to the end, which the end user can be proud of using and showing off.