5 reasons why BIM rocks....

Our director Anthony Harte will speak at this month's RIBA Insight and NBS BIM uncovered by the Experts event. Here’s what he has to say about BIM from an architect's perspective...


You’ve got to BIM it to win it…

The government’s BIM deadline is fast approaching – by April 2016, all public sector construction projects must be built using Building Information Modelling (BIM)…. So do you have the right expertise in your design and build team to win tenders and deliver your projects on budget?

It’s more important than ever that all construction professionals – whether design and build consultants, architects, manufacturers or constructors - embrace the opportunities BIM brings to us all.

BIM allows us to construct a building and all its contents, before contractors even reach the site

We’ve designed over 1 million sq feet of retail space in BIM since we first started using it in 2009 – and we’re now in a situation where the design and drawing process is much ‘cleaner’ saving heaps of time and money. Quite simply, BIM allows us to build twice – first in virtual reality and once in real life.

Savvy clients know they can harvest the virtual model and operate it virtually. And those clients will harvest the virtual model, and one day operate it virtually before construction starts, which is exactly what they are planning with HS2.

Watch “Delivering High Speed Two with BIM” by Andrew McNaughton Filmed at Digital Construction Week 2015 in London, UK who comments:

“What we want to do is build a virtual railway,” adds Andrew. “We also want to operate a virtual railway, we want to maintain a virtual railway and develop it over its lifecycle. Only when we have proven that in a virtual environment will we then go near a shovel.”

BIM reduces scope for costly mistakes

BIM is an evolutionary process that at the moment incorporates several workflows, various software packages and various stakeholders. It allows us to design, build and test every aspect of the build, including every material, every part and fitting specified before getting on site, and goes on to provide operation feedback from the facilities managers / operators by passing on every drop of data.
This is why I’m a strong advocate of the cost efficiencies it brings - from the bid process, to the build and onwards to the reduced lifecycle costs achieved by feeding back meaningful operational data.

The national BIM library and NBS BIM Object Standards are a win-win for architects, manufacturers and the client…

When I first started working in BIM, one of the first assets I had to build virtually in Autodesk Revit was a KONE TM115 travellator. At the time I told my boss (now co-director) that it only took me 'a couple of hours' it did in fact take me a whole day (oops)! BUT if the manufacturer had provided their content in BIM, not only would I have saved my company a day’s work, but I could have spent that time elsewhere. Like actually designing!

By working together with manufactures and following the NBS BIM Object Standards , the objects only need to be created once - increasing accuracy at every stage of the build and achieving substantial savings to the lifecycle costs - not to mention allowing the designers to do what they do best, and helping manufacturers sell more products. What’s not to like?

Harvesting FM data and real time feedback will reduce lifecycle costs

Harvesting the facilities management and lifecycle data from our operational buildings will provide real-time feedback from our built assets, enabling predictive decisions and giving us a greater understanding of the performance we can expect from our virtual models. This could save the private and public sector a lot of time, energy, C02, and as always money through the use of reliable BIM data.

Take a look at A Report on our Digital Future released by BIM2050 Working Group, which highlights where BIM is heading, and the benefit to all.

How to find out more:

Please take a look at some of the projects we have delivered using BIM, in particular within the retail sector.

Contact Us to discuss how we can work with you to achieve your construction project on time, within budget and with reduced lifecycle costs moving into the future.

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