Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a technology and method of working that allows project stakeholders to collaborate in new ways. It uses shared multi-dimensional computer models to represent any facility’s physical and virtual characteristics.
BIM allows designs to be developed and co-ordinated in a common data environment (CDE) and can be used as an interactive tool, adding time (4D), cost (5D) and asset (6D) information as further ‘dimensions’ to enhance the initial 3D computer model.
At BakerHicks, BIM has been at the heart of our design process since the early 80’s. We’ve been using virtual design across all disciplines and on all level of projects, helping to deliver efficiencies, reducing capital and life cycle costs, and making sure our designs are right for clients and their stakeholders.
Our BIM projects include Marischal Square, the latest development designed to transform the centre of Aberdeen incorporating office, retail and public spaces. We’re also using our skills in BIM for full integration and co-ordination between the project disciplines, as part of the transformation of Whitechapel Station. This will integrate existing London Underground and East London Line services with wider station and public realm improvements.
And we’ve designed schools and universities, hospitals, laboratories and airports on new build and refurbishment projects. By producing virtual models, we provide clients with a shared knowledge resource for all phases of a project.
From design and construction to handover and operational management, through BIM we deliver the foundation for intelligent decision making.
Benefits of BIM
For users, it allows them to visualise the completed project
In design, it supports truly co-ordinated design development and drives optioneering
In construction, it avoids clashes, rework and provides supply chain partners with access to real time product and installation information
In operation, it helps with facilities management through the creation of an intelligent operation and maintenance data and population of a Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) systems.
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