The Future of Construction: Adopting BIM
The UK Government’s 'Construction Strategy' (2011) criticised the construction industry for its inefficient practices and high levels of waste production. The report suggested that building information modelling (BIM) should be employed, to a maturity level of two, on all public sector asset procurement, with applicability to private sector building projects, by the year 2016.
BIM involves the creation of a full digital representation of the physical and functional aspects of a building facility. This approach aims to increase the efficiency of the construction industry through the creation a detailed shared knowledge resource considering all costs at all stages of the building's life-cycle. BIM 'level two maturity' will allow our company to link vital information required for estimation and tendering, to our 2D and 3D rendered designs.
Our research department, a subsidiary of the larger design department headed by Nick Gowell, has begun exploring Autodesk Revit as a viable pathway to achieve BIM Maturity status within our company in the near future.
The software has already been employed in the design of bespoke column encasement cladding for Warwickshire College (see right).The images show exploded views of each of the two column types we designed (circular and oval). Autodesk Revit software was also recently used in conjunction with our existing design software, SketchUp, during the pre-construction phase of ESRI Swansea.
BIM remains an active area of ongoing research within our company, and we aim to expand its usage into future projects, in compliance with government recommendations.
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