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On Your Marks: Are You Ready for BIM?

February 11, 2014

Building Information Modelling is set to become essential for any government project in 2016. Here’s what you need to know.

What is BIM?

“Building Information Modelling (BIM) is digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition

Definition of Building Information Modelling – Construction Project Information Committee (CPIC).

Essentially BIM replaces paper-based architect drawings with 3D computer models.

Why does BIM matter?

From 2016, all UK government construction projects will require collaborative 3D BIM data including:

  • Project information.
  • Asset information.
  • Documentation.
  • Any other project data.

To remain compliant with government Building Information Modelling guidelines, data will need to be supplied in the COBie format.

The CPIC estimate that BIM could save businesses between 20% and 30% of their project costs simply by practising the building process before breaking ground.

Internal process changes

Successful Building Information Modelling relies on technology to:

  • Create the computer visuals.
  • Collate project related data.
  • Make data available to project partners and government bodies.

As such, construction companies and the whole construction supply chain will need to change their internal processes to emphasise data capture and sharing, internally and externally. The choice of construction software used by any business seeking BIM-compliance will be fundamental to reaching that goal.

“Evolution of BIM implementation came in parallel with willingness to collaborate and share project information, the move toward integrated practice that is much talked about in the industry.” – Phillip G. Bernstein, vice president at CAD software provider Autodesk.

Are you ready for BIM?

  • Get ready. Know your BIM responsibilities.
  • Get set. Prepare your people and systems for data sharing.
  • Go! Model, share and save!

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