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BIM Methodology – an Overview

Building Information Modelling, or BIM for short, is a process that creates and manages information across a construction project lifecycle.

A key output is the Building Information Model, which contains a digitised description of every part of the built asset.

A BIM model uses collaboratively assembled information that is updated at pivotal stages of a construction project. Creating one enables the professionals who work on the building to optimise their input, resulting in an improved whole life value for it.

The UK construction industry is using BIM to undergo its own digital revolution. It is more than simply a way of working: it represents information modelling and management in a team environment, enabling all team members to work to the same standards. Seen from this perspective, BIM methodology uses the combined efforts of workers, process, and technology to create value.

How Can BIM Help?

BIM assembles all of the information about each building component in one place, making it possible for anyone on the team to access the information for any reason, such as more effective integration of the different design aspects. This approach reduces the risk of mistakes or discrepancies, saving money in the process.

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BIM data can be used to portray the whole building lifecycle, from concept and design to demolition and materials recycling. Products, systems, spaces and sequences can be shown in comparative scale to one another and, in turn, in comparison to the entire project. By detecting and signalling conflict detection, BIM methodology also prevents mistakes from affecting the project at any stage.

What is a BIM Object?

A BIM object is a combination of several different elements. They include:

  • Information-related content that defines a product
  • Relevant properties, such as size and performance
  • Geometric details that represent the physical characteristics of a product
  • Visualisation data that makes the object recognisable
  • Functional data that allows the object to act in the same manner as the final product

What is the Future of BIM in the UK Construction Industry?

The construction industry faces a digital future, and BIM methodology is the future of facility design and management. It has been embraced by the government and is currently affecting change across all UK industries. As software, hardware, and cloud applications usher in improved capability to process growing amounts of raw data and information, BIM adoption and use will become even more widespread than it is in projects today.

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