WHAT IS BIM?
The new word “BIM” has created a lot of buzz, but what does it really mean?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a model-based intelligent method for designing and delivering buildings. It ensures that the design process is healthy, economical and appropriate, allowing those involved to maximise efficiencies. It’s how we develop, produce, and deliver projects to our clients.
It is critical for businesses to remain relevant and accept transition as the industry shifts away from conventional distribution models with the use of BIM software. Businesses should take the time to reflect and evaluate how BIM varies from conventional design/delivery approaches, as they should for anything modern. It is critical to conduct internal reviews of procedures and protocols in order to to ensure that software capabilities are maximised.
There is a widespread misunderstanding in the industry that this only entails creating a 3D model. BIM’s limitations go way beyond the mere creation of a 3D model, and when used properly, it can provide a user with a 5D environment from which to retrieve data. Buildings were traditionally constructed using 2D techniques. These tools included technical data sheets, descriptions, plans, records, and so on, in addition to 2D drawings. The aim of BIM is to bring all of this data together in a virtual world. This is what we would call ‘Building a Database’.
WHAT ARE THE MAIN ADVANTAGES OF BIM?
The main advantages of BIM are that it helps all those engaged in the design and development process from start to finish and beyond.
You only get out of BIM what you put into it, which is why it’s critical for designers, contractors, and clients to fully comprehend the software and its capabilities. We pride ourselves in being the industry experts of the south west, and we strive to propel our customers forward, helping them appreciate BIM and maximize its benefits, thanks to an extremely talented team of Architects and Engineers here at Castria.
If organisations do not allocate adequate resources at the outset of a project, the initial setup of models would be compromised, resulting in inadequacies later when extracting information is most critical. It is generally accepted in the industry that Revit deliverables can be created much faster and with fewer errors than conventional methods.
WHO STANDS TO GAIN FROM BIM?
Designing in BIM will benefit not only designers & engineers, but the entire supply chain.
It enables contractors to schedule execution more effectively, minimising considerations such as programme time, lost information, and on-site errors, all of which are typical problems with conventional project delivery approaches due to a lack of information flow. It also helps End Users/Project Sponsors to appreciate the design intent even earlier in the process, eliminating the need for as many (if any) variances in costs later in the process and giving them more control over the process.