ISG's James Dixon featured in AEC Business

James Dixon, digital construction lead for ISG’s Engineering Services’ science and health business, features in the award-winning construction technology blog and podcast, AEC Business, which covers construction game-changers and innovators from around the world.

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James Dixon, digital construction lead for ISG’s Engineering Services’ science and health business, features in the award-winning construction technology blog and podcast, AEC Business – a virtual innovation platform for construction game-changers and innovators from across the world.

The article titled ‘How to Provide Impeccable Asset Data’ highlights James thoughts and methods on how to provide clients with a perfect record of their facility so that they can reap the benefits of digitalisation in construction.

Dixon speaks about his role on the £300 million Institute of Neurology project for University College London, UCL, where ISG is the primary contractor. 


"A project like UCL requires specialist knowledge about science and health services. In addition to demanding architectural and structural design, mechanical engineering is a massive part of the project. Additionally, a large amount of maintainable equipment and data is needed over its lifecycle. Consequently, the M&E subcontractor’s data requires special attention too"

James Dixon, Digital Construction Lead

Dixon outlines the opportunity and challenge using IFC and Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, or COBie, which plays a vital role in UCL’s project data management software allowing data exchange between project stakeholders. He has devised a process that every contributor now follows.

From requirements to asset parameters, “I look at what asset data is needed per discipline or per package and then work backwards from there,” Dixon explains, while commenting on the clients’ Employer’s Information Requirements, or EIRs, to describe their information needs during a project’s delivery and handover. Dixon wants each organisation in a project to structure their data similarly.

Dixon explains how he guides the process of getting everyone on the same page through step-by-step guides, supplemented with workshops.

Through smart data collection and utilisation of strategic software, Dixon believes new opportunities will emerge by structuring data consistently in every project. He concludes with: “Data would become the driver of social, economic, and environmental improvements. It’s not about technology but more about methodological and process change”.

Follow the link to read the full article, How to Provide Impeccable Asset Data – An Interview with James Dixon, Digital Construction Lead at ISG’, on the AEC Business technology blog website.


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