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Four Benefits of Building Information Modelling.

Why are architects around the world casting aside their pens, protractors and paper in favour of BIM?

How is this design and construction process (initiated, inspired and powered by the whole Internet, the Cloud and social-media-mindset of information and content sharing) changing the foundations of design?

    1) BIM Saves a Lot of Time.

BIM is a modern day communication tool that replaces thousands of drawings. It is a way to share information about every aspect of the construction of a building.

Templates can also be used to save time with BIM. For example after designing a standard library, the ‘blueprint’ can then be built upon to create any number of diverse libraries. The more you use it, the quicker it becomes to design because the foundation information is already there.

Takrit Jirawudomchai, dwp’s Associate Director of Architecture and BIM says: “dwp has been using BIM since 2015. We use it because it is more efficient. It saves time… and time is money. I predict that within five years we will be completely digital, completely paperless. No printers in the office and no drawings. Everything will be based on digital models.”

     2) BIM is a Universal Language

It is a database or communication tool to get everyone on the same page: architects, engineers, builders, owners, suppliers, interior designers, landscape designers… Everyone understands exactly the same thing. The information is specific and centralised so nothing is missed between the relevant parties. BIM makes sure the information is delivered to the supply chain.

     3) BIM Reduces Risk

BIM is a digital model that can be seen – in perspective – on a computer. Everyone sees the same information: The owner will know how the house looks. The contractors – from the plumbers and electricians through to the bricklayers and carpenters – will know exactly how to build it (including the potential pitfalls). All of the building information stays available as a resource for future renovations and maintenance.

     4) BIM Gives you Bang for your Buck

Ultimately, because money is mostly spent, saved (and lost) during construction, BIM’s access to every small step of a project’s life via the Cloud: from first line to finish line, from total costs to environmental costs: means that budgets can be managed. As Grandad used to say: ‘Look after the pennies and the pounds will look after themselves. BIM’s microproject management is money in the bank..

There is no doubt that BIM is laying the virtual foundation stones for the future of architecture…

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