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BIM – How it’s Changing the Construction Industry

14th April 2016

BIM is a hot topic of conversation at the minute, mainly because it’s changing the way the construction industry works through using a mix of innovation and modern technology. The ways that buildings, utilities and infrastructure are planned and designed has become much more in-depth and modernised with the help of BIM.

What is BIM?

It stands for Building Information Modelling. Its purpose is to create a detailed, intelligent 3D model of any project in order to inform and communicate with stakeholders about various decisions on the project. BIM gives the opportunity to have an accurate, 3D visualisation of any project no matter how small or large, making it easier to make instant decisions in order to hit business goals.

What are the uses?

BIM is bringing with it a digital revolution to the construction industry. Up until now it would never have been possible to have instant access to a fully interactive 3D model of any project you want, having every component of the project be included and accounted for. You’re able to create the project digitally to see the overall aesthetics of the end result, and you’re also able to interchange any component or material used in the project in order to ensure it is cost effective and structurally sound.

BIM doesn’t just create a visual model of how the project will look, it creates a fully interactive 3D model with all the structural information that comes with each material used. BIM allows the whole project team to work collaboratively in order to achieve a collective end goal. Once the project has been constructed digitally through the use of BIM, the model can then be handed over to the construction team to give them a clear insight on any information they need on the project, from how a certain material should be installed to the weight and cost of particular components.

2016 Mandate

As of April 4th 2016, all centrally procured public sector projects must have some implementation of BIM at Level 2, and all centrally funded government departments must provide full Employer’s Information Requirements (EIRs) with all contracts. From April 4th there will also be a dedicated website including documentation and guidance to help support the change across the industry. As of October 3rd 2016, the Government will have the ability to electronically validate information by BIM delivered from the supply chain.

BIM has brought about enormous change within the industry and has demonstrated how digital technology can work within the Construction sector. Once everyone has settled in to the new BIM changes we’re sure there will be many more digital innovations to come.

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