The use of BIM in the Construction
Our April ‘Construction Breakfast’ saw the biggest turn out yet, with over 70 professionals from surveyors and architects to engineers and sub-contractors, all keen to hear from our keynote speaker.
Our guest speakers Paul Chappell and Jack Davis are both based in the Bristol office of Mace, where Paul oversees Building Surveying in the South West region. They joined us this month to talk about the hot topic of BIM affecting employers and employees in the construction industry.
To define BIM, Paul used the definition as given by UK Building Information Modelling Task Group:
“BIM is essentially value creating collaboration through the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared three-dimensional (3D) models and intelligent, structured data attached to them”
He went on to paint the picture that BIM should be seen as an information backbone, basically the DNA of any given project. During the project lifecycle, information is gathered over time, from briefing right through to final use, and there are many different information exchange points along this path as more information is exchanged between all contributing parties. When projects builds can continue over years, it’s important to have an accurate timeline in place that acts as a structure for the project and accounts for any movement of information.
Paul explained that BIM can be used for many things; coordination of a project, sequencing, cost, asset management and health and safety. Using a visualisation of the architecturally striking 240 BlackFriars (a 19-storey tower in London offering modern offices overlooking the river), he showed us how BIM had been used for logistics optimisation of the build; cranes, lifts, deliveries, traffic, accommodation and lay down.
Through BIM, the UK construction industry is going through a digital revolution, as BIM data can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle. As Paul shows (with 4D video) screenshots of a build at Birmingham New Street; everything from spaces, systems, products and materials can be shown in relative scale to each other, and the project as a whole. When all of the information about every component of a building is put in one place, the costs can be minimized, risks can be controlled and discrepancies can be reduced through digitally noting every aspect of the built asset.
The session proved helpful for attendees to understand how BIM can create and manage all the information across a construction project, especially by anticipating and detecting conflicts or errors at any stage of the development. Our next Construction Breakfast will take place on Tuesday 9 May, with speaker Paul Newman, Barrister at 3PG. Click here to book your place!
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