Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital model and collaborative process that involves creating, managing, and sharing information about a construction project throughout its entire lifecycle, from conception to demolition.
BIM goes beyond traditional 2D drawings and blueprints, as it encompasses a 3D model with intelligent objects that power design and specifications.
Building Information Modelling enhances the efficiency and effectiveness of the construction and management of buildings and infrastructure. It helps to reduce errors, minimise waste, improve collaboration and deliver projects more cost-effectively and with higher quality.
Over the last decade or so, BIM has, understandably but incorrectly, become interchangeable with the wider digital adoption agenda for the built environment. After much work over a number of years, there is now an accepted definition of BIM enshrined in the international standards.
The key components and characteristics of BIM include:
Building Information Modelling ISO19650
“The use of a shared digital representation of a built asset to facilitate design, construction and operation processes to form a reliable basis for decisions”
ISO 19650 recommends concepts and principles for business processes across the built environment for using BIM during the life cycle of built assets from procurement through to asset management. Rather than attempting to redefine or improve upon this internationally agreed definition, it is better to direct people who would like to know more about BIM to the UK BIM Framework.
The UK BIM Framework encourages the use of Construction Operations Building Information Exchange (COBie) and Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) as standard formats for data exchange to enable effective collaboration across the supply chain.
To implement BIM effectively during the operational phase of a building’s life cycle, the government has mandated Government Soft Landings (GSL). This ensures better asset management and performance by engaging construction and operational teams in the handover process.
The UK BIM Mandate announcement set a lot of actions in motion and is still a driving force today for keeping the UK at the forefront of the international BIM community.
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