20.10.2021 | By Arlinda Sipilä
Construction Solutions

Originally built for the 2008 Summer Olympics, the National Swimming Center (commonly referred to as the Water Cube) was converted to serve as the curling venue for the 2022 Winter Olympics and Winter Paralympic Games. Located in the Olympic Park in Chaoyang District, Beijing, the venue’s renovation was started in December 2018 by China Construction First Group Co., Ltd. The transformation of the existing building into a dual-purpose venue required an independent ice-making system, dehumidification system, competition lighting system, power distribution and other systems to meet the needs of the Winter Olympics curling events. The innovative conversion of the existing venue into a dual-use facility for water and ice sports is the first of its kind.

The project team established specific goals that they wanted to achieve through the implementation of Glodon Gsite software and BIM technology. A Gsite implementation project group within the company specified the responsibilities of each Gsite user and their work process with the software. Specific Gsite applications and other technology to be used were also defined. By integrating the BIM model into Gsite, the project team was able to identify and resolve in advance issues resulting from unreasonable design and unclear logic that could have easily led to later changes and rework. The Gsite platform provided integrated control of the entire project, enabled closed-loop task management, ensured engineering quality, safety, and green construction, as well as greatly improved work efficiency.

The Gsite team and the designers coordinated the design results, adjusted the BIM model accordingly, and issued a construction design drawing based on the final version of the BIM model. This finalized construction design drawing was then reviewed and approved as the design blueprint for on-site construction.

In addition, the plan management function in Gsite enabled the team to link the overall, monthly and weekly plans. On-site construction workers received construction tasks for each stage and could provide feedback and on-site progress information through a mobile application. The data provided by the workers was collected to a project board, which allowed management to view on-site progress and material usage in real time and supported their decision-making.

By linking the mobile applications and the Gsite web platform, the team could extract weekly summaries of progress, quality and safety information, allowing them to hold regular project meetings efficiently without complex preparations. Read the full case study.

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