Archive for January, 2015

Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing data about a building during its lifecycle. It uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modelling software to increase productivity in the design and construction stages of a building.  The Government’s BIM Strategy Paper calls for the industry to achieve Level 2 BIM by 2016, with Level 3 representing full interoperability and the ulimate goal for BIM. But already there is a great deal of demand for BIM at all levels and pretty soon more than half of the market will expect nothing less than Level 3 interoperability.

Currently we can offer BIM Levels 1.5 to 3 and we use the market leading Autodesk Revit for BIM, which allows easy exchange of data between Autodesk suites.  We’ve adopted Industry Foundation Class (IFC) and Construction Operations Building information exchange (COBie) principles within our models with embedded Interoperability (Level 3 requirement).  We’ve also created our BIM files to be robust and future-proof so that system-wide changes can be made easily, with detailed information behind each system.

Even though we’ve come a long way with BIM we will continue to invest in this technology, which will become a standard requirement soon enough.  This includes gaining insight into what architects and engineers need, offering focussed support, increasing BIM ready product range and producing details and parametric modelling.

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