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Building information modelling – BIM

With the increasing need for efficiency and the ever advancing pace of technology, BIM is becoming more established within the property and construction markets to capitalise on the benefits it presents.

A design process or methodology to manage building data throughout the building life cycle, the purposes of BIM are to increase productivity/efficiency; improve sustainability; facilitate collaboration; mitigate risk; and improve communications/coordination.

Typically 3D, it is a transformational strategy for the property market.

How location data adds value to BIM

  • Location ties designs to the 'real world', to allow shared analysis of data to assess building impact on its environment
  • It supports the decision making process, (for example flood risks, BREEAM assessments)
  • It facilitates better visualisation
  • It facilitates better property management - understanding in and out of building environment
  • It provides a common platform for overlaying disparate datasets for analysis

With location data, BIM enables top-down and bottom-up analysis and scenario modelling to answer the 'what if' question. This means that you can understand risk properly and take better-informed decisions.

For anyone in the construction industry - whether they be consultants, contractors, specialists, suppliers or manufacturers – adoption of BIM within their workflows and processes is fast becoming a necessity to reap the business benefits of better efficiency, better information sharing and better decision making. SMEs need to understand the risks of doing nothing, as well as the benefits of embracing BIM.

One of the greater industry challenges will relate to training, particularly in relation to teamwork and collaborative approaches to design and construction, and the next generation of collaborative designers and contractors will need to embrace new working methods and leave behind some old assumptions and adherence to role stereotypes.

There are a multitude of expert websites, reference sources and networks which can help to clarify the requirements of Level 2 BIM which are relevant to all the roles in the supply chain, a few of which are below.

RICS BIM LinkedIn group

BIM: the small practice perspective – RIBA event


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