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INTERIORS Digital bathrooms


Tom Farrant of Lecico Bathrooms looks at how the ongoing pandemic has accelerated changes in the industry’s working patterns, including the move to a greater acceptance of 3D BIM, and how this has improved bathroom specification


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igital transformation continues to change working practices across the construction industry. The


pandemic has seen an acceleration in cloud computing, virtual reality and other technologies that are being adopted by construction professionals. Through applications such as Microsoft teams and Zoom, project stakeholders have been coming together through digital means – to a point where it is now the norm. A key aspect to note as a result of this is the ease in which these digital technologies have been adopted.


The pandemic has demonstrated how collaboration can still be achieved remotely, with reduced overheads, and in a more sustainable manner. Like many, specifiers in the construction industry have proved that working remotely has had a limited impact on their role and output. It is highly likely that specifiers will continue to blend remote working with working in the office. Being able to access product data at any


time, and importantly in a clear structured and digital manner is now paramount. For manufacturers who have adopted BIM (Building Information Modelling) processes to a good standard, the journey to access data in a structured way for specifiers has already begun. It is easy to get side-tracked by the visual 3D aspect of BIM, but undeniably the greatest benefit comes through the power of how BIM utilises digital product data. The UK BIM mandate in 2016 was driven by the need for better asset management of government buildings through improved data delivered by BIM. Since the mandate, BIM has effectively become the norm in our industry. Survey responses in the 2020 Annual BIM Report produced by NBS suggest that over 70 per cent of our industry has now adopted BIM and these trends are expected to continue. This is a clear requirement to transform the industry and the way we all work when focusing on improved safety and sustainability. The report shows that the


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same benefits of using BIM are consistently being recognised by specifiers, it offers improved coordination of information, better productivity, reduced risk, and importantly increased profitability. Unsurprisingly, BIM adoption has grown substantially over the last decade. In 2011, 43 per cent of survey respondents had not heard of BIM. Today, awareness is almost


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