Digital Project


Sector: Higher Education

Client: Manchester Metropolitan University

BBD Client: Allies and Morrison

Design team: Allies and Morrison, NG Bailey and ARUP

Main contractor: Morgan Sindall Construction & Infrastructure

Role: Coordination Management

Project value: Circa £46m

Involvement: RIBA Stages 3-5

Primary authorising tools: Autodesk Revit

BBD tools: Solibri Model Checker and KUBUS BIMcollab



Bond Bryan have been employed to federate models and to assess and manage coordination issues. BBD are working collaboratively alongside Morgan Sindall, Allies and Morrison and the other design team members to ensure a fully coordinated design. Discipline models have been combined within Solibri Model Checker and issues managed using a cloud-based issue management tool in the form of KUBUS BIMcollab. All team members have access to the issues raised within the secure cloud environment and the tool allows dashboard reporting to provide feedback on progress.


Issues are also directly shared back to the authoring tool, in this case Autodesk Revit, using BCF (BIM Collaboration Format). Issues are discussed in coordination workshops led by Bond Bryan and held regularly to ensure issues are highlighted and resolved.



“For the MMU Arts & Humanities Project, we were asked by Morgan Sindall, the Main Contractor, to provide a managed clash analysis process to assist design coordination over work stages 4 and 5. This would have proven logistically difficult to provide in-house with our team based in London – Bond Bryan Digital were able to help us by providing a local presence and leadership at fortnightly clash analysis workshops.


Being a BIM Level 2 project, Morgan Sindall aimed to promote high levels of team collaboration around the 3D model, ensuring design elements are fully coordinated before the associated work packages commence on site.


Bond Bryan joined the project with a clear process for the design team to follow, introducing BIMcollab as an online issue management platform. They were instrumental in introducing the building services subcontractor to the 3D modelling and design coordination process, as there was a gap in model coordination after the building services engineer’s appointment ended at the end of Stage 3.


Bond Bryan have integrated themselves within design coordination between the disciplines and requested a clear scope is defined for clash analysis for each workshop. This has ensured that model coordination workshops focus on genuine design coordination issues and contribute to mitigating project risk.”


Matt Olsen, Associate, Allies and Morrison

All images courtesy of ALLIES AND MORRISON


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