Capitec Headquarters: dynamic architecture delivered digitally

South Africa

Blending into the Stellenbosch landscape, the new 21,500 m², three-storey head office for Capitec Bank in Technopark, Stellenbosch is defined by its dynamic architecture. Digital tools allowed distributed teams to collaborate in real time to deliver the project in record time.

BIM processes and cloud hosted collaboration were at the core of the design and delivery philosophy and AECOM led the way in onboarding and coordinating all design services. Extensive training was provided to get all stakeholders on the same page and collaborating.

The Autodesk BIM 360 platform was chosen as the common data environment (CDE) for this project as it allowed us to build company specific ISO19650-compliant best practices and seamlessly integrate the software used to design and coordinate the deliverables. For example, close to 90% of all geometry and design outputs were produced in Revit, with civil engineering design and analysis, and bulk earthworks design remaining in Civil3D. This project proved to be a springboard for a new way of designing and delivering building civil projects within AECOM.

There is now increased use of Revit and Dynamo scripting for translating designs between Civil3D and Revit to produce native, data rich geometry. Additionally, the ability to track and compare versions of any file or model saved a significant amount of time and prevented costly re-work.

Going forward into construction if the contractor adopts the same environment they can be confident of always seeing the latest project information. Field issues, RFI’s and checklists can then be directly connected to drawing and model data, ‘live’, onsite. This significantly closes the loop between project management, design and construction teams, wherever they are in the world.

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