Building Information Modelling
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is significantly altering the way that the construction industry creates and cares for its assets, not just in the UK but throughout the world. We are entering a new digital age of construction and we are increasingly seeing projects being built twice; once in the computer and then once on site. Virtually constructing buildings and infrastructure allows organisations to identify and resolve issues before they actually happen, optimise outcomes and reduce waste.
What is BIM?
During the Building Information Modelling process, a construction project team and the client collaborate around a shared design so they can identify and communicate effectively about design and construction and increasingly, about the building use.
BIM means many different things to different people. It very much depends on your perspective and role in the supply chain, however, irrespective of what you do and indeed the size of your organisation BIM helps unlock new efficiencies such as:
- Improved planning
- Reduced delivery cost
- Better environmental performance (notably energy savings)
More specifically, improved functions such as:
- Checking compliance with building regulations, cost estimating, work scheduling and offsite fabrication
- Reduced project risk
- Better operational safety by design
- Benefits to asset managers who will be enabled to manage their buildings efficiently and to their optimum use
- Aligning the construction and design to the operational use of your assets
Meeting your industry objectives
If you are in commercial construction, you will be talking (or reading) about BIM because the Government, as a construction and maintenance client, has told the industry that it wants to apply ‘Level 2’ BIM to all its building procurement to derive significant carbon performance and cost value.
The Governments soft landing approach provides a process to ensure BIM is embedded and adopted into future development in a way that supports Facilities Managers and will also be mandated alongside BIM Level 2.
So, where does the service from GCL fit into this? A report from the All Party Parliamentary Group for Excellence in the Built Environment suggests that ‘BIM brings the advantages of early contractor and specialist engagement, and project/supply team integration’. GCL will work collaboratively with construction partners and design team members to ensure that BIM models for all ‘Building Intra-Structure Cabling Services’ will have been coordinated from the outset.
To find out more about how GCL can assist you with your BIM requirements call one of our expert team today on 020 3906 6070.