What is BIM?

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What is BIM? 

BIM is a process for, managing and creating information for a specific construction project and keeping it across the lifecycle of the project.

The major output of this process is the Building Information Model, which is the digital description of every area of the build asset. The model itself draws on information assembled collaboratively by all parties involved in the project and is updated at the key stages of the project. Creating a digital Building Information Model enables those who are involved with the building to optimise their actions, resulting in a greater value for the asset.

BIM itself is creating a digital revolution across the UK construction industry. It is a way of working, it’s both information modelling and information management in a collaborative environment where all members of the project should be working to the same standards as each other. BIM creates value by using the combined efforts of people, processes and technology.

How can BIM help?

BIM is about bringing together all the information about every single component of one project in one place. It makes it possible for anyone to access that information for any purpose. For example, if you’re looking to integrate different aspects of a certain design more effectively. Using BIM means you can minimise mistakes, discrepancies and additional costs.

The data created by BIM is used to illustrate the buildings entire life-cycle, from inception to completion and from demolition to materials reuse. Spaces, procedures, products and timelines can be shown in relative scale to each other and as a complete project. BIM can also prevent human errors during the various stages of development and construction by signalling conflicts.

What’s a BIM object?

 When it comes to BIM an object can be a combination of many things, including but not limited to:

  • Information content defining a product.
  • Properties of a product, for example, fire performance. Read more about this here (https://multicad.co.uk/point-cloud-to-bim-how-we-do-it/)
  • Measurements and drawings of the characteristics of the product.
  • Imagery and visuals of the object giving them a recognisable appearance.
  • Functional data.

 

What’s the future of BIM?

The future of the industry is digital, and BIM is the future of design and facility management, long term. BIM is led by the government and is driven by clear processes and technology. As cloud applications alongside hardware and software herald greater capability for handling larger amounts of raw data and information then BIM will become even more pronounced in future projects.

Do you want to know more about how you can use BIM for your house design? Click here

Here at MultiCAD, we have been providing CAD & BIM modelling services for over 22 years, delivering BIM level 2 and beyond using Autodesk Revit, which is a multidirectional, database-controlled program (including layouts, elevations, schedules or the 3D model itself).

If you’re interested in a quotation for our Building Information Modelling services, or if you have any questions you’d like answering, then please feel free to drop us a message using the contact form below! Alternatively, if you’d prefer to discuss it over the phone, you can give us a call on 01322 226 162.

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