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What is BIM?
Building information modelling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. BIM involves representing a design as objects – vague and undefined, generic or product-specific, solid shapes or void-space oriented (like the shape of a room), that carry their geometry, relations and attributes.
BIM is an integrated process that enables building professionals to explore a project digitally before it’s built. Coordinated and reliable information is used throughout the process to:
- design innovative projects
- accurately visualize appearance for better communication
- simulate real-world performance for better understanding of important characteristics such as cost, scheduling, and environmental impact.
BIM is More than 3D
BIM solutions we use provide more than just 3D design capabilities; they enable entirely new ways of working. BIM workflows provide us with the ability to
our ideas before they are built.
With BIM, we can model not only the design of a building, but the end-to-end construction process itself. So whether we are managing a project or involved in the constructing process, we can:
- analyse the constructability,
- coordinate the process,
- address clashes, and
- schedule every step before construction begins.
The adoption of Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems in the UK has been fairly slow. Proudly, we are one of the early adopters of BIM and we are championing a move to a more intelligent modelling approach.
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.
BIM is here to stay, projects are getting completed and new ways of working are being defined. If you are young and impressionable and still in architectural education, you really need to learn that architecture is a business. We are suggesting that you fully embrace BIM in order to realise the best and the highest you can offer within the time and budgetary constraints. More to the point: If you are not using BIM, you are doing a severe disservice to your client, your community, your profession, and your future.
BIM architectural design visualisation is no longer just about making a pretty marketing picture. Visualisation has evolved to form clear design benefits for all stakeholders in the design process and is more concerned with speeding up the approval process.
BIM visualisation requires technical knowledge.
Traditionally, technology has dictated that most visualisation occurs at the end of the project, when the details have been fixed. It was only really ten to twelve years ago that computer visualisation was born. It is now possible with little technical understanding to produce a competent visual within many of the CAD products available, but this is not BIM.
Now in 2012 as technology becomes extremely advanced BIM can dramatically aid the user, we have been able to implement more complex computing tasks into our normal fluid workflow. We can now quickly create fast concept studies, daylight analysis, and ‘glossy’ images which can be automatically updated while the building is being built.
Autodesk BIM Conference
Held in London on 30 September 2010, the Autodesk BIM conference was one of the largest events of its kind to be held in Europe. The event attracted over 300 delegates from across the construction industry including senior-level architects, engineers, contractors and clients. The 2011 Autodesk BIM conference discussions are now available.