BIM

More than a 3D model or new software tool

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is not about 3D models and life like pictures, it's about creating a delivery process that saves money and time at every stage, designing, building and operation. If you are a client who builds and sells assets or a client who builds and operates assets, or anything in between there are savings to be made.

What is BIM?

The UK Government describes Building Information Modelling (BIM) as a collaborative way of working, underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our assets. BIM embeds key product and asset data and a three-dimensional computer model that can be used for effective management of information throughout a project lifecycle, from earliest concept through to operation.

A client can unlock the potential of BIM without great expense and wholesale change. Working with an in-house expert or delivery partner, key elements and process can be identified that will support its delivery and use.

What does this actually mean?

  • BIM is not 3D design or 3D models - although these are great for gaining stakeholder understanding, resulting in fewer changes later when cost of change is high.
  • BIM is about building a facility twice: first, virtually and then, physically on site. The reason for creating a digital facility first is to develop the physical and functional characteristics of a facility in order to work out problems, and simulate and analyse the potential impacts before proceeding to construction where changes are very costly to make.
  • It means data-enabled collaborative working, not only during design and construction phases, but also the operational phase through better information sharing throughout the supply chain.
  • During the operational phase, it also means BIM data can be used to understand and improve asset performance and to define better project briefs at the end of the asset's lifecycle.

Source:

University of Reading School of Construction Management and Engineering

A study on project cost and time overrun states that indecision / poor information leading to change is the biggest reason for project overruns. The study suggests that client led change represents 76% of change requirements and 24% is through design development.

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We have worked with many clients across many sectors at every level and at every stage of the asset life cycle. We have implemented corporate standards, capital delivery process and practice and supported digital approaches to operational data management and asset planning. We would like to help you.

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