What is BIM?
BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is an integral 3D model for the planning, design, building and maintenance of any type of construction or infrastructure. All parties have access to the same information and so communicate and build in one language.
An architect draws a design for the building and the program produces a 3D model at the same time. Throughout the design and drawing phase, thought is put into the building method and choice of materials. Materials are selected from a library and imported into the drawing. When the 3D model is complete, it is then passed on to structural engineers who add the structural drawings and details to the same model, so the structural and architectural drawings match exactly. The next step is to add the building services and the model is then complete. Because each discipline is worked into one model throughout the whole process, it makes it easier to identify and rectify any possible problem areas (failure expenses).
- All parties have access to the same information.
- Better cooperation between all parties.
- Processes can be better managed.
- Changes are easier and quicker to implement.
- Reduction in building and failure expenses.
- The client knows exactly what they are paying for.