Commercial Building Information Modelling

BIM Basics

Building Information Modelling, or BIM as it’s commonly known, is an intelligent model-based system that uses a digital model to replicate and represent a building. All details about the building’s design, construction, and operation are embedded into the computer-generated 3D model.

The Benefits of BIM

The visual nature of BIM makes it easier for everyone from the architect to the client to understand and interact with a building before it’s built. Professionals involved in the design and construction processes develop a more in-depth knowledge of the project through BIM, so they can optimise their efforts and work more efficiently. The technology has helped the United Kingdom government reduce the costs of its construction projects by 20 percent.

How BIM Could Boost the Local Construction Industry

The savings seen in the UK point to many of the benefits of BIM. The technology allows industry professionals to increase their productivity and work more efficiently. Collaboration is improved as designers, construction workers, and their clients can see three-dimensional representations of the finished project. Level 2 BIM will be mandatory for all government buildings in the UK by 2016. It’s already required for skyscrapers and other large buildings in Dubai. At the time of writing, the Australian construction industry was considering whether or not BIM should become compulsory practice. Its benefits indicate that it’s only a matter of time before Australia follows the lead of the other construction heavyweights. As design and construct experts, TPM Builders are on the cutting edge of this revolutionary design movement. Contact us on 1300 733 891 to learn how we can use BIM to improve your commercial building construction. Image via Flickr by surreynews