BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a smart 3D model-based procedure that provides the Architect, Engineer, Builder and Designer the understanding and relevant tools to more efficiently plan, design, build, and maintain buildings and infrastructure.
BIM was brought to our attention in 2011 when published in the UK Government Construction Strategy published. Since then the BIM Task Group has been developing standards and requirements to enable BIM adoption. Like most things, some were quick to embrace it and others not so. It’s been quite a few years now since BIM was first muted in the industry. For building product suppliers and manufacturers BIM ‘ready’ product information should really be an integral part of the product offering.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is defined by the National Building Specification (NBS) in the following paragraph:
‘’BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. One of the key outputs of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset. This model draws on information assembled collaboratively and updated at key stages of a project. Creating a digital Building Information Model enables those who interact with the building to optimise their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset.’’
A BIM object is an amalgamation of many things:
In April 2016 we saw BIM level 2 mandate coming into action. The Government 2011 Construction Strategy (GCS) requires that: Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016. This refers to all centrally procured Government projects.
The majority of HM Government departments have already met the requirements for BIM Level 2 and the remaining departments are on target to meet the 2016 mandate. The task now is to consolidate and embed BIM Level 2 throughout departmental processes (Reference: http://bim-level2.org) Although BIM isn’t currently required for every project, it is being taken on and certainly on the increase in use (only public-sector construction projects have been delivered using BIM, since 2016).
BIM has three key elements (ref www.nationalbimlibrary.com):
BIM is here to stay, it’s been a hot topic for quite some time. As technologies advance and evolve its logical to assume the importance of BIM will increase. Digital is key across many industries and the future of the construction industry will be reliant on digital developments. The UK Government’s Construction 2025: Industrial Strategy for Construction paper highlights five Key points for its vision for 2025. All five points set out in the UK Governments vision are strongly linked to the objectives of BIM.
It’s hard to predict how advancement in digital technology will specifically manifest itself in the construction industry. However, as BIM is government led and driven by technology and clear processes it’s likely that BIM will embrace digital and technological developments and the use of BIM will become even more common than it is currently.
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