From the beginning of this year, architectural and building services consultants working in
The implementation of DM Circular 196 means a more rigid code of practice from the initial drawing up of designs through to a completed project must be adopted using the technology.
BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. But it also goes further, by enabling a virtual 3D model underpinned by enriched data to be handed from a design team to the main contractor and any subcontractors working on a building, and then on to the owner and the operator as work progresses. At each stage of the process, experts add their own expertise to a single, shared model.
How the technology will impact the design and construction industry was the subject of our inaugural BIM Breakfast event, which Construction Week co-hosted with sister titles
He said: "BIM has been around for a few years now and it can certainly deliver better solutions. We need to share knowledge of how best to use it as a community."
Just six members of the audience raised their hands when asked if they considered themselves fully versed in BIM. And the vast majority said they had come to learn from the expert panel of speakers the best way to gain the advantages three dimensional design offers.
"BIM mandates are growing globally," he said. "By learning what they need to do well, companies will ultimately gain more work." He said that
"Medical facilities are some of the most complex projects in the construction sector," said Peters, who is the firm's BIM lead for buildings and places across the
"The stakes are very high [when designing hospitals] so the information has to be correct. Healthcare is also a growing market, 13.1% for the next five years. A lot of money is going to be spent in a short time frame so it is up to people to innovate."
Dinesh said that BIM allowed
"Communication is the key when it comes to BIM," he said.
He emphasised how its real-time feedback allows everyone involved in a project to stay in touch with what is happening – and called on more suppliers to get involved.
"We also have to consider BIM in a broader sense," he said. "It is a wonderful way of recording the building process and techniques, which otherwise would be lost.
"Currently it is all about the competitive edge - bigger, better, faster.
"But it needs to be applied elsewhere. It could be used to look at sustainability and a building's impact on the environment. It could be used to keep track of recycled material (or)to engage the marketplace by encouraging community input into the planning process.
"Health and safety could be improved by showing workers how to move safely round a site."
Milburn said the industry should all work together to maximise BIM's benefits.
"It's a personal journey we have to make, but it is also a journey we can make together – let's all hold hands and move forward."
"One advantage is that clients actually get it. They can see the schematics more easily. It's as though they can see, feel and touch a project. By observing the interaction between clients and those designing and building a structure we see a greater amount of collaboration – and the end result is so much better."
The next event is planned for September.
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