What is Building Information Modelling (BIM)?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies, which allow for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets throughout their entire lifecycle.

Construction & Asset Management

In the construction and asset management industry the use of a Building Information Model (BIM) which is shared by partners is becoming more and more commonplace. The adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) requires organizations and individuals to change the way they work.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the management of information through the whole life cycle of a built asset, from initial design all the way through to construction, maintaining and finally de-commissioning, through the use of digital modelling. BIM is all about collaboration – between engineers, owners, architects and contractors in a three dimensional virtual construction environment (common data environment), and it shares information across these disciplines.

Building Information Modelling allows design and construction teams to communicate about design and coordinate information across different levels that has been unseen before. This information remains with the project, from before beginning construction, right throughout its lifetime. It also helps to analyse any potential impacts.

Benefits of BIM

  • Faster and Efficient Processes
  • Increased Productivity and Speeds Up Delivery
  • Reduced Uncertainty
  • Controlled whole-Life Costs and Environmental Data
  • Avoidance of Rework Costs
  • Improved Safety
  • Opportunity to secure Government contracts and meet BIM Level 2 (Requirement of all such contracts in the UK)
  • Reduced on-Site Waste and
  • Prevention of Errors.