Excitech has announced it has been awarded a 7-year framework agreement to lead a consortium comprising GroupBC and Autodesk technologies to deliver Heathrow Airport’s chosen Common Data Environment (CDE) solution
The Common Data Environment is at the core of Heathrow’s Information Management strategy. It will be its main common information repository and allow for specific controls to be put in place to share information in a controlled manner with suppliers and across Heathrow Departments.
The CDE will provide world-class information and asset management in line with emerging industry-standards, to ensure the efficient whole-life management of Heathrow’s critical assets.
David Hughes, Excitech’s managing director said: “Having worked on the Terminal 5 construction project we are excited to be involved in this latest strategic project at Heathrow.
“The Autodesk and GroupBC technologies being deployed are market-leading and will enable Heathrow to trust the data they hold and have the confidence to make decisions based on ‘one version of the truth’.”
The project is already underway and is expected to be complete by December 2020. It will see the deployment of Autodesk’s BIM 360 visualisation and design tools integrated and underpinned with management and governance from GroupBC’s Enterprise Common Data Environment.
Jo Ellman Brown, PMO Director at Heathrow added: “We are aiming to be the first airport operator in the world who can leverage value from our digital assets, allowing our people to work in a safe environment, design and plan in a collaborative way, and operate a fully integrated asset system.
“With a long-established relationship with Excitech, we’re delighted they were the successful bidder on this project. We anticipate that the solution they have proposed will significantly improve the management of our critical assets.”
As well as enabling Heathrow to have accurate and up to date information readily available in the CDE, the new solution will result in fewer surveys and reduced costs as a result of earlier and greater collaboration across all parties.