Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a way of working that provides the opportunity for radical improvements in building design, construction and operation through advances in computer-based modelling technologies.
We have been developing advanced CAD approaches to design and information sharing for many years and have used BIM to explore alternative concepts, conduct value engineering and optimise our designs. Our data-rich model-based information allows improved co-ordination of construction information and sequences, the opportunity to define quantities for estimating, increased delivery speeds and reduced construction risk and costs.
We adopt a flexible approach for each project according to its complexity and the needs of the client. We have adopted industry-standard BIM protocols to BS1192:2007, PAS1192-2: 2013 and AEC UK BIM Standards. By understanding and utilising Object Technology (essentially digital representations of parts of a building) and Industry Foundation Classes we can ensure that our building models progress in a logical manner for use by another consultant or subcontractor.
We have used BIM to develop the design of several complex projects over recent years. We continually test a project’s design and develop production information for fabrication through BIM, using different software packages to meet the needs of different clients.
We are continually assessing and improving our use of BIM with a focus on the needs of our clients and to meet the Government’s Construction Strategy objective for collaborative BIM on public sector project procurements by 2016.