ALIGN JV Select GroupBC's Common Data Environment (CDE) for Information Management on HS2 Phase One Project

Reading, United Kingdom, February 21, 2018 --( GroupBC, one of the leading digital information management solution providers for the built environment in the UK, today announced that ALIGN, the bidding joint venture (JV) of Bouygues Construction, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick, has chosen the BC CDE to control the flow of information from their design partners, Jacobs and Ingerop, on Phase One of the HS2 project.

The ALIGN JV, together with its design partners, Jacobs and Ingerop, are responsible for the design and build of a key section of Phase One of the HS2 high-speed rail network between London and Birmingham. The 22km section will run between the Colne Valley, just outside London, and the Chilterns and includes the 3.4km- long Colne Valley Viaduct, as well as the 15.8km-long Chiltern twin-tunnels.

The ALIGN partners have an impressive, and successful track record of major project innovation, design and construction on rail and infrastructure projects.

ALIGN selected GroupBC after reviewing the market for a CDE solution provider that offered enough flexibility to adjust as the project developed, as well as ensuring control of information through BS1192/PAS1192 standards, such as document naming conventions and workflows. Having the capability to share information while retaining metadata from the client’s CDE and the Align CDE was also a deciding factor, so speeding up the flow of information. A rapid implementation time was also required to get the project off the ground quickly.

“We’re delighted to be working with ALIGN on HS2,” said Stuart Bell, GroupBC’s Sales and Marketing Director. “We continue to push the boundaries of digital information, whilst striving to ensure usability and simplicity lie at the heart of our developments. We are a market-focussed organisation and listen to our customer requirements to deliver innovative solutions to improve the design, build, operation and maintenance of built assets.”

For further information:

• Alison Patey (GroupBC Head of Marketing) – tel +44 (0)118 902 8534, email

Note to the editors

Align is a consortium of three international infrastructure companies; Bouygues Travaux Publics, Sir Robert McAlpine, and VolkerFitzpatrick, with combined experience in delivering major projects worldwide. Align has won the HS2- C1 package, consisting of 21.6km of high speed rail; a 3.37km-viaduct; 15.75km twin-tubes tunnel; and several shafts.

Align is keen to engage with those organisations within the supply chain who can demonstrate capabilities for the C1 technical requirements, and an outstanding track record in Health & Safety, innovation, EDI, skills, BIM and environmental management and sustainability.

All of our opportunities across C1 will be accessible through the CompeteFor portal.

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GroupBC has been developing document and information management solutions for construction related projects and customers since 1998. Our core product, BC Enterprise, makes it easy for teams to collaborate, manage and share documents and drawings from a central, secure cloud-based platform. GroupBC is renowned for pushing the boundaries of technology, linking project and asset data with external datasets in order to provide rich and valuable insights which enable more timely and better decision making.

Long-standing GroupBC customers include Atkins, Thames Water, Balfour Beatty, Costain and Nationwide Building Society, while the company has also expanded successfully into the retail sector, supporting projects for, among others, Sainsbury’s, Monsoon and JD Sports. Over 15,000 companies access GroupBC’s platform each month to share and collaborate on some of the UK’s most prestigious projects.

GroupBC is the trading name for Business Collaborator Ltd.

For more information visit:
Erica Coulehan
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