building information modelling

BIM 101: What You Need To Know

building information modelling


Are you a little unclear on what Building Information Modelling (BIM) exactly is, and how utilising BIM can elevate your project to the next level?

We spoke with our BIM consultant Joe Sawyer to get the lowdown on Building Information Modelling and it’s advantages…

Building information Modelling, or BIM as it is more commonly known, is a process which produces an accurate 3D model to communicate important and valuable information within a given project, used by various professionals throughout the design process.

BIM is a storage hub for all the vital information within a project which can be easily accessed by anyone working on the given project and shared by various organisations to plan, design, construct and maintain various infrastructures within any sector including residential and commercial.

BIM data can produce a full life cycle of the building from construct through to the demolition of the building, this data can then be amended by any given organisation working on the building.

BIM is used as part of the mechanical and electrical service design, the mechanical and electrical design can be completed in the BIM model using specific software used within the BIM framework to produce M&E services design for the project.

The most popular choice of software for this is  Autodesk Revit MEP, which is a 3D software with 3D blocks which reference to objects in reality. When producing the design the software indicates any error’s that occur in the process of the design, which can easily be amended so the mechanical and electrical services work correctly within the BIM model.

BIM has a library of 3D blocks, each 3D block holds important information referring to the physical object in reality, so BIM can understand if the object will work in reality with the design processes. Each part of the process from the architects building design through to the MEP design should be coordinated and each stage completed before the next stage, as two things can’t take place at the same time.

BIM aids in collisions detection, indicating the location of each object within a building and where it will fit within the building.

BIM visualises the virtual construction of the building and service design as it would look in reality in order to improve the safety, cost and analysis any problem which wouldn’t occur within the design process.

To find out more about BIM, or how utilising building information modelling can aide your projects; contact us today.