BUILD’s Most Innovative Designers – Waldeck
Waldeck are a unique specialist multi-disciplinary engineering, technical and management consultancy, who support private and global blue-chip corporations with Heavy Infrastructure and major projects across a wide range of industries including Nuclear, Renewable Energy, Utilities, Logistics, Rail, Manufacturing and Defence.
Across these Heavy Industries, and in particular for nuclear clients, Waldeck’s people understand the importance of ‘starting with the end in mind’, creating certainty and mitigating risk throughout the delivery of capital assets and enterprises. Since the company was founded over 20 years ago by Paul Waldeck, its dedicated staff have achieved these objectives in a number of ways, the most notable of which is through encouraging and insisting upon the highest standards of Health & Safety; which is considered from the outset, whether it be for BIM based digital design solutions, CDM Principal Designer roles, or enforced through effective project management.
Furthermore, a conceited drive to operate to the highest security standards provides Waldeck with a robust safety net, ensuring that all their personnel, offices and systems are properly vetted, compliant, and that their solutions have security considerations addressed from the outset. Upholding such exceptional engineering, procurement and construction standards ensures that all of their solutions and advice facilitates clarity, conformity, control, and collaboration to drive value and certainty throughout the entire lifecycle of a project.
Glowing testimonies come from such figures as a past board member of the Major Projects Association, who additionally functioned as a government advisor on BIM and digital engineering. Waldeck’s place as a leading strategy, design and implementation Consultancy ‘is clearly evidenced by their top table credentials in delivering creative and yet, practical solutions for challenging construction and infrastructure projects of virtually any scale for world class clients, the likes of whom demand absolute certainty in the highest levels of safety, security, quality and of course, value added across the efficient lifecycle performance of their investments.’
Now, in the advent of a BIM revolution rocking construction markets the world over, Waldeck realises its true place in the industry. It is already one of the first engineering consultancies to have recognised how the implementation of BIM adds value to projects and the company has ensured that all of its activity reflects this. From investing money in the latest technologies and constantly pushing forward with new analytical software to designating a large proportion of its engineers’ time to training the BIM specialists of tomorrow, it is clear that the company rightly recognises BIM and its offshoots as the future of engineering.
To spur on the dissemination of knowledge that will one day make BIM industrial standard practice, Waldeck have engaged frequently with the wider industry in the form of speaking events and thought pieces, designed explicitly to cultivate new minds that will reflect the very best in BIM practices, as authored by Paul Waldeck himself. The founder of Waldeck was a keynote speaker at April’s Annual International Small Modular Reactor and Advanced Reactor Summit in Atlanta – the largest in the world for bringing together authoritative nuclear industry figureheads.
Representing such a bold step forward also comes with the requisite of demonstrating a fluid and commanding use of modern technology to enhance the operation of the business. Adopting the Revit design software as standard across all disciplines enabled closer co-ordination of activity between third party suppliers, improving on-site efficiency and health and safety standards, with opportunity for human error substantially reduced.
All of this, and more besides, is a driving force behind Waldeck’s commitment to developing pioneering solutions, to satiate the interests of clients and create a sustainable endeavour that takes full advantage of what modern technology has to offer. ‘Our key driver,’ Paul Waldeck explains, ‘is our market leading Building Information Modelling (BIM) capability, which we are able to interface with our clients Product Lifecycle Management systems, enabling us to provide solutions for a projects whole lifecycle – this is called ‘Enterprise Lifecycle Management’.
‘BIM enables components within a model to be tagged with relevant data. When this concept is interfaced with traditional Product Lifecycle Management, enhanced intelligence is created, allowing Waldeck to provide improved efficiencies to the lifecycle of an asset or enterprise. The interfacing of these two concepts allows Waldeck to offer a BIM-based cradle-to-grave solution to clients, which adds value, creates efficiencies and reduces risk – known as ‘Enterprise Lifecycle Management’ (ELM).
‘Waldeck offer fully integrated BIM based Enterprise Lifecycle Management solutions as we understand that BIM is most effective when aligned with project control procedures. We ensure that we provide our clients with models and data that are fit for purpose, at the agreed milestones, ensuring our clients benefit from reduced risks and maximised certainty of outcome.’
In fact, the recent enforcement of the government’s BIM Level Two mandate means all publicly-funded projects must be procured on a BIM-compliant format. This directive is critical for transforming the industry through adopting a digital collaborative way of working in the UK. This is beneficial for all stakeholders and suppliers, as the UK Government expects a 70% increase in construction output by 2025. The recently-developed Construction 2025 strategy sets targets to reduce costs of construction and assets by 33%, alongside a halving of greenhouse gas emissions and a 50% improvement on exports.
For Waldeck, the key focus remains helping clients to understand how BIM can support safer and more efficient facilities management. A number of major new projects are already underway, and a confirmed UK government infrastructure investment reaching £400 billion across the Heavy Industries, lends further momentum to Waldeck as the company continues to strengthen its nuclear and energy teams, ahead of expanding into their new Bristol office at Colston Tower in the Autumn.
Company: Waldeck Consulting
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Telephone: 08450 990285
Web Address: www.waldeckconsulting.com
Address: Kesteven Business Centre, 2 Kesteven Street, Sleaford, NG34 7DT