The Value Of BIM: Building Information Modelling

Hayley Fagan, co-founder of Project Sure, believes every business with a property portfolio needs to know about the benefits of Building Information Modelling (BIM) and why it should be expected as standard for all design and build projects today, whatever size of portfolio, property or project you have.

BIM, or Building Information Modelling, is a digital framework in which architects, engineers, building owners, facilities managers, builders, project managers and clients can collaborate to visualize, monitor, manage and develop or redevelop infrastructure.

As the world of construction moves towards more sustainable models building information modelling (BIM) is helping us get there in so many ways.

Benefits

First, digital design data is far more accurate than traditional hand drawings which enables our clients to make many more informed and confident decisions.

One of the most important benefits to using BIM is that it allows product manufacturers, architects, engineers, contractors and Clients to communicate better with one another.  Through data exchanges, this increased control over project specifications between stakeholders drastically reduces common errors made from misaligned expectations or unclear descriptions.

This greater control and real-time access to information covers all aspects of the design and construction process.  This significantly helps the producer audit costs more precisely, as well as speed up production times.

BIM also enables more complex, coordinated, sustainable and efficient building models to be built in order to reduce waste both on-site and off-site during construction.

For example, using BIM allows our architectural design house to check weather conditions, building codes, material compatibility and many other parameters to best determine how our Client’s project will proceed on to the next stages of the production at the right (and most cost-effective) moment in time.

A BIM approach to design and build also allows us to maximize the longevity of the structures we build and manage.

Long after the diggers and cranes have left, a BIM-based starting point allows our facilities managers to preserve the safety and integrity of facilities, with maintenance plans updated every time building materials are replaced or layouts are changed.

You can also create a more sustainable project by reducing energy consumption through modelling that includes your building’s envelope design.

Advocates for BIM

Our head of BIM Jim Tingle and Architect Anthony Snowden, my colleagues who head up Project Sure’s Architectsure Design House, strongly advocate BIM.

A few years ago, Jim’s enthusiasm for BIM convinced me it was the way forward if we wanted to provide big-business service-standards, at any affordable rate to Clients who previously may have assumed such a level of service was out of their range. And, with every year, as we grow, he’s been proven right again and again.

“BIM helps us bind everything together, and because cloud technology, production tools and software have become incredibly precise and reliable and with more and more stakeholders completely at ease using dashboards and 3D models right from their phone, I’m a firm believer that the BIM approach shouldn’t just be available to businesses with deep pockets or restricted to use on huge infrastructure or massive building projects.” explained Jim.

Continuing enthusiastically, Jim added: “BIM brings benefits across the whole breadth of building projects. From large, multi-site developments, to single-site, partial renovations or even the remodelling of just one space and I’m proud that ArchitectSure and ProjectSure together are able to provide a 360 service, built solidly on a ‘BIM bedrock’, to Clients who may previously have never expected it or known how it could benefit them”

Echoing this, Richard Haynes, our Property Director, agrees that there are significant benefits for Clients whose projects are conceived, brought to life and then managed from an info-rich, BIM starting point.

“This digitally-driven, integrated process can completely transform the construction and facilities management industries. As a ‘BIM consultancy’ from start to finish, our expert team use industry-leading software to provide our clients with an integrated design, documentation, and project management solution. This delivers impressive time and cost savings right from the start and across the entire lifecycle of a Client’s project.”

Now what business with a property portfolio doesn’t want to take advantage of that?

‘BIM me up, Jim’ as I’ve been known to say now and again!

For more information on how ArchitectSure and ProjectSure’s use of BIM technology can help ensure compliancy, simplify administration, enhance transparency and reduce costs to your business, email our team via info@projectsure.co.uk , PM us on social media or call me for a chat on 07595 063 989.

Hayley Fagan

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