Building Information Modelling (BIM) involves content creation and management of digital representations of physical products within the Architectural, Engineering & Construction industries. These digital representations have embedded data inside which act as an information management system containing the products characteristics and information and on the company who deliver them.
With the advancement of BIM in AEC in industries there is drive for manufactures and construction professionals alike to take the next step. It is estimated that 70% of construction projects are BIM compliant and this number is increasing all of the time.
This new collaborative approach aims to improve every facet of the construction industry by having better design, better communication and more efficient processes.
BIM is a process that involves creating and using an intelligent 3D model to inform and communicate project decisions. Design, visualisation, simulation and collaboration enabled by Autodesk BIM solutions provide greater clarity for all stakeholders across the project lifecycle. BIM makes it easier to achieve project and business goals.
BIM brings together all of the information about every component of a building, in one place. It makes it possible for anyone to access that information for any purpose, e.g. to integrate different aspects of the design more effectively. In this way, the risk of mistakes or discrepancies is reduced, and abortive costs minimized.
BIM data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle, from cradle to cradle, from inception and design to demolition and materials reuse. Spaces, systems, products and sequences can be shown in relative scale to each other and, in turn, relative to the entire project. And by signalling conflict detection BIM prevents errors creeping in at the various stages of development/construction.
The emphasis is on the words ‘effective’ and ‘efficient’. The construction industry is known for delivering projects late and over budget with the resulting assets often not quite working as they should. Adopting a BIM approach can bring predictability to a project, not just around capital delivery but operation too. BIM can also help us to save both money and carbon by cutting out wasteful processes/activities and making more informed decisions at the right time.
In summary key BIM words to remember are: people, information, processes, technology. A word to forget is ‘Building’. BIM applies to all built assets (bridges, roads, track etc.) not just buildings.