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Building information modelling – know your next project inside-out
BIM is a collaborative route to creating a digital representation of a building. BIM goes further than providing a simple 3D model: it’s a virtual information pack about a building project. The more information you put in, the more useful the model becomes at every stage, from planning through construction to occupation and maintenance. BIM not only saves money but also time and resource.
LOOK TO THE FUTURE AND REDUCE RISK
For the construction industry, BIM is a way of reducing risk. It allows the design and construction teams to prove their concept long before the first earth movers come on site. If there are elements of the building that conflict or fail to integrate as they should, the issues can be sorted before they become an expensive and schedule-delaying problem. The integration issues that BIM uncovers would otherwise remain hidden till the on-site teams come face-to-face with them.
This process of looking ahead to avoid faults can continue as the building rises from the ground and the project team add more detail to the model. At every stage there are savings to be made through reduction of waste. Specifiers can see exactly how much material they need for each element of the project, while the elimination of faults avoids wasted time and materials.
BIM can do this because it models the entire building through time as well as space. It shows how the materials from various suppliers come together step-by-step. Because each element of the model – known as a BIM object – comes with all the supporting technical data, architects can go way beyond the traditional 3D abilities. They don’t just check that components fit together, they can prove that they perform as a single unit. For example, that a series of different components will come together to collectively achieve the standards required for building regulations.
A collaborative approach, not just a software package
There’s no one software model for BIM. BIM is an approach to working collaboratively. It allows everyone who contributes materials and ideas to a project to submit their own BIM objects in a way that lets the design team check how they fit together.
A BIM object is a broad-ranging set of data about a material or a component: its physical dimensions, how it looks in situ, its performance data, and other functional data that helps users integrate it with other BIM objects within the complete model.
Data for a lifetime of use
The life of a BIM model is potentially as long as the life of the building itself. When occupants move in they have all the information they need to manage and maintain their building. If they subsequently make changes or improvements, they can add to the model to keep it up to date. Better still, they can test those changes within the model before they make them physically.
BIM is the future of the construction and facilities-management industries. It provides the long-term thread of digital continuity that allows everyone from architect to maintenance manager to know their building inside-out.
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