Man & Machine on 15 September 2014
BIM – An Overview
It takes many activities and skills to bring the ideas and designs of Architects/Engineers to fruition. Building Information Modelling (BIM) attempts to standardise the creation and exchange of information to make the design, construction and operational management of a facility or infrastructure asset more efficient. The way we manage information can improve collaboration, drive cost efficiencies and improve productivity on a project. This is really what BIM is meant to do through the use of standardised practices and methodologies. Architects have been using ‘building information’ in many forms for a very long time and BIM is merely an extension of this trend. The use of the word ‘building’ itself doesn’t necessarily describe the full scope of a project. It also doesn’t describe all the industries that can adopt BIM best practices. Increasingly in the UK, BIM touches construction, facilities management, civil infrastructure, and even product manufacturers and fabricators. The extent to which BIM requires information is also not limited to CAD modelling either – it covers policies, assumptions, strategic decisions, manufacturing data, user assessment, regulation, client specification, maintenance instructions and waste management data for example. All of these are part of the information pertaining to
the construction and on-going management of a facility or asset and are a necessary part of the information that needs to form part of the ‘model’.