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BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING


From foundations to frontiers, data is transforming the digital estate


Building with vision


Digital technology is helping make better, safer, greener buildings. How far has Scotland still to go on that journey?


BY NEIL EVANS


The construction world is being reshaped by digital technology. Greater understanding of the data behind the design is leading to higher standards of infrastructure than ever before.


At the centre of this transforma-


tion is building information mod- elling (BIM), which is enabling construction firms, architects, contractors and companies from right across the supply chain, to gather better data, work closer together – even enabling design


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problems to be fixed almost before they’ve occurred. Te early adopters are already


demonstrating how successful adoption of BIM can be, aid- ing construction and reducing inefficiencies, with leading lights such as David Miller Architects


showing the way forward. But how far has the rest of the


industry come? Tis was the topic of debate at FutureScot’s Public Sector Asset and Estates Manage- ment conference in February. Experts from the private and public sector gathered to discuss both how well the foundations were being put in place, as well as the frontiers which lay ahead. Graham Alexander, digital


director at consultancy Digital Guerrilla, who attended the conference, said BIM requires a


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