Building information modelling

Change is inevitable, progress is optional. This phrase has never been truer than when related to Building Information Modelling (BIM).

Nathan GoldthorpeBy Nathan Goldthorpe, BIM Product Manager, Quadra Solutions.

BIM has dramatically changed the way organisations operate within the built environment and its impact is a permanent and long-lasting one.

So what is BIM? BIM is a process used by architects, contractors, engineers and builders, to design a wide array of buildings and structures. This process creates and manages all of the information related to a building project before, during and after construction. The end result is the Building Information Model, a digital description of every aspect of the built asset, bringing together planning, design, construction and management, while reducing costs and creating efficiencies.

The challenge The UK Government has embarked upon a four year programme of modernisation with the key objective of reducing the capital cost and carbon burden of the construction industry. Central to these ambitions is the adoption of BIM on all public funded projects by March 2016. But it’s not just the public sector that is affected. BIM’s inter-connected approach has been adopted by a wide range of stakeholders to inform effective decision making, while ensuring the construction model is consistent and coordinated. Ultimately – it allows architects, structural engineers, contractors, product manufacturers and project managers to collaborate, coordinate and communicate more effectively.

The solution Autodesk’s Building Design Suite allows users to quantitatively measure a project’s KPIs based on selected parameters, allowing multiple options to be compared and evaluated. Designers can create, visualise and modify digital models, while viewing as little or as much detail as required.

Progress We at Quadra Solutions are specialists in CAD software solutions. Our consultative approach has supported numerous partners to implement processes, which have enabled them to secure new business and improve their organisational efficiency, through training and technical support. We regularly hold Information Events which prepare organisations for the changes they will face and identify ways in which they can prepare for BIM compliancy and take advantage of opportunities in the future.