Building Information Modelling (BIM) is rapidly becoming a vital process in the construction industry at a global level,ensuring maximum efficiency in the planning, design and construction of buildings. Here, we take a look at exactly what BIM is, how it is used and what the future looks like.
What is BIM?
As already stated, BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. It describes a collaborative way of working which enables architects, engineers, construction professionals and other stakeholders to work together on all of the stages of a building project (planning, design and construction) using just one 3D model.
BIM technology also has advantages beyond the construction phase. It can be used to support the ongoing management of buildings, helping owners and stakeholders to make decisions based on the data provided from the precise model.
BIM – the new standard
In days of old, 2D drawings and blueprints were used to depict building plans, but this made the visualisation of space, dimensions and practical requirements difficult. Computer Aided Design (CAD) followed, which kick-started the digital movement thanks to it enabling those in the industry to see the benefit of making and using plans in a digital format. CAD transformed into 3D and now we have BIM. This sets the new standard for intelligent modelling.
The government has previously set out its commitment to creating opportunities for the UK construction industry to become a world leader in BIM in this paper: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/building-information-modelling.
The power of BIM is that it is intelligent in the way it stores and handles information. This means that if any part of it is changed, BIM software will update the model to ensure it remains current and co-ordinated. Therefore, throughout the entire process, everyone involved can be assured they are working with the same, correct information in a truly collaborative environment.
Information isn’t simply stored with BIM. It can be actioned upon and used at all stages in the life of a building. You can learn more about BIM technology at bimtech.
BIM is here to stay
Different levels of BIM can be utilised depending on the individual needs of particular projects. One thing is for sure. The future of construction will undoubtedly be more collaborative and will make greater use of digital technology. BIM is here to stay.