What is BIM?

In June 2011 the UK government published its Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Party Strategy This report announced the Government's intention to require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016

Building Information Model (BIM) is a rich information model, consisting of multiple data sources, elements of which can be shared across all stakeholders and be maintained across the life of a building from inception to demolition and recycling.

BIM was developed as a way of managing the full development lifecycle of a building project. Used to facilitate new designs, build changes and communication amongst contractors and design teams, it has provided significant cost savings and efficiency gains. Professions this will benefit:-

Architects,
Contractors & Engineers Facility Managers,
Owner Operators,
Estate Managers

With the government now firmly committed to BIM on all projects by 2016, the wider market place is beginning to look at implementing BIM solutions. Design and construction are only a fraction of the building’s lifecycle and cost. Owner operators and FM managers are now seeing the benefits gained from converting their estates to BIM.
The designers worked together sharing their models. The construction team used a combined single BIM to schedule the work and eliminate clash detections. Finally, the building owner, is now using this BIM for facility management of the premises.

This is process is not just for Government buildings but will also benefit private clients who require in depth information of the building after it has been handed over.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Benefits
BIM creates efficiency and users will get several benefits. You will realize some of the greatest value of BIM through its potential to cut down on rework, such as re-keying information into models or making changes in the field. As users become more proficient, the opportunities to improve productivity are more pronounced. The top benefits of BIM are:

1. BIM Reduces Rework.
2. BIM Improves Productivity.
3. BIM Reduces Conflicts and Changes During Construction.
4. Clash Detection and Avoiding Rework.

Useful Links:-

Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Party Strategy

https://connect.innovateuk.org/c/document_library/get_file?uuid=6842e020-20df-4449-8817-08ce2ba9ef7c&groupId=68909

http://www.cabinetoffice.gov.uk/resource-library/government-construction-strategy

http://www.thenbs.com/topics/bim/index.asp

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