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BIM I


Modelling in 3D can show quickly how elements work within a space...


“It will take time and patience, but will be worth it. Think back to the transition from drawing by hand to using CAD. The move to Revit is similar in terms of the time it will take.”


Although Europe is often ahead of the US in adopting new technology, the opposite is true where BIM is concerned. But there is a big push in the UK and elsewhere to accelerate BIM implementation.


...Objects can be easily added – or removed – from a design...


Government-led action


...The 3D models can be produced in-house or come from external catalogues


The UK government published the Government Construction Strategy in 2011, announcing that it would require the use of collaborative 3D BIM on its projects by 2016. This declaration kicked off a four-year programme of modernisation with the intention of reducing not only capital costs, but also the carbon footprint of construction and operation of the built environment. “In the long term, everyone accepts that the use of BIM will bring effi ciencies to the design, construction and maintenance of buildings.,” says Andrew Humble FCSI, director of UK-based Humble Arnold Associates. “The UK government is championing it partly because of the benefi ts it will bring and partly because there is an inevitability to it. So, moving early has given us a competitive advantage in the market. We were recently selected for a job in Birmingham because only one in three of the companies could offer BIM. “It could be fi ve or six years before we see the true benefi ts of using BIM. The effi ciencies will come from doing all of the drawings at the same time. When we drop in a piece of content we can see the 2D, the elevation and the 3D views, so that should speed up the production of the tender package,” Humble adds.


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