PCL Construction: Building a Better Future with Confidence in Planning
PCL Construction is pushing the boundaries of traditional construction approaches, elevating efficiency, precision and accuracy of construction as they work side-by-side with Providence Health to design and build the CA$1.7 billion New St. Paul’s Hospital complex in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. See how PCL uses GIS to deliver this state-of-the-art two-million square foot medical facility on time and on budget and hear from the design-build team who are identifying future needs to ensure its longevity, even before the floors are built.
Providence Health is committed to offering a sustainable, 100-year facility in the New St. Paul’s Hospital. This includes establishing BIM requirements so they can leverage BIM data long after the project is complete, and the use of site mapping and GIS to make data-driven and informed decisions.
Construction sites are a living canvas. The PCL Construction flies drones weekly as part of a construction site mapping system to capture changes and dynamically update site plans.
The team identified critical path activities happening simultaneously. Using Site Scan for ArcGIS, PCL Construction was able to pivot the location of a key construction feature to continue the work uninterrupted.
The New St. Paul’s Hospital site is in a location with several types of fill, including large boulders. The data captured allowed them to remotely measure the volume of the boulders, resulting in overall cost savings for the removal of the rocks by a subcontractor.
Orchestrating the pouring of concrete for the building foundation required the coordination of 550 concrete trucks over 12 hours. Analysis of the drone imagery helped them design the optimum plan to pour the foundation with precision and accuracy.
Forward-thinking requirements and processes for the digital handoff of project design, construction and commissioning information, and operations allow PCL Construction and Providence Health to plan and prepare for needs like Indoor GIS before the floors are built.
The construction industry is also part of a digital future, setting the foundation for digital twins by including digital project handover requirements at the outset of the project.