The world is constantly evolving, and we are always looking for more efficient methods of working. We have exciting technology from our smart devices providing global catalogues of information in the palms of our hands. The world of architecture is no different, we’ve changed from physical drawing boards to Computer Aided Design (CAD) to Building Information Modelling (BIM).
At JLK Architectural Design we use Building Information Modelling (BIM) to ensure our project designs are optimised and delivered faster, allowing for greater collaboration between project teams, constructors and engineers.
What is BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the foundation of the most important digital revolution in the construction sector (AEC).
It is a series of processes that are technology led that allow designers to communicate with constructors, the public and clients about what a building will look like, and the in-depth structural layout involved in the creation of the project.
BIM is a process model that maps out the best practice for producing detailed designs of structures. Usually smaller elements of a larger design are digitally created. For example, a door and an air conditioning unit would be considered BIM objects. Multiple BIM objects are digitally fitted together to create a larger design (a model).
More advanced than 3D Computer Aided Design (CAD)
In the past drawings were used to express information about a particular building. This 2D approach made it incredibly difficult for clients visualise dimensions and the resulting space. Next came CAD (Computer Aided Design) which helped drafters see the designs in a digital format. And later, CAD became 3D, which bought more realistic visuals to clients.
Now though, we’re moving on to BIM, and it is becoming a standard. However, BIM is much more than 3D CAD designs, BIM objects which make up a BIM model are intelligent, have geometry and store data.
Most notably, BIM objects are designed to be highly accurate, the information you can expect on a single BIM object includes:
How using BIM helps us
BIM brings together the information of each individual component in a building into one place. It makes it possible for anyone to access that information who needs it. BIM reduces the risk of mistakes and discrepancies within designs as all of the designs can be accessed and used by other teams, such as engineers in order to create the most successful solution before being submitted to clients.
The useful part about BIM is that information for everyone can be illustrated in one design, the same design that can be reviewed by clients can go out to the public to demonstrate what a structure will look like, and even be supplied to construction teams.
The future of BIM within construction
The future of construction is digital, and BIM is the future of design and long-term facility management. As hardware and cloud storage become widely adopted within the construction industry, it can only be expected that BIM is to be increasingly used within project design processes.
The UK Government’s Construction 2025: industrial Strategy for Construction prioritises lower costs, lower emissions, faster delivery and improvements in export to position the UK at the forefront of international construction. BIM directly contributes to delivering projects at a faster and more efficient rate so it only makes sense for construction suppliers to increase their uptake in the process to be in line with the Government’s construction strategy.