Building Information Modelling, or BIM, has already made a huge impact in the way we build. Not only does it ensure a better building quality, efficiency and sustainability, but the adoption of BIM brings firms additional benefits such as lower costs, better resource management and delivering projects on time. Couple your commitment to adopt this methodology with the attainment of company or personal BIM Level 2 Certification and you'll gain recognition for meeting the highest UK construction standards.
It is not a surprise then that the UK government mandates for all centrally procured public projects to be BIM Level 2 compliant and include all digital documentation and asset information. The NBS National BIM Report 2017, shows that 62% of the Construction Industry is already leveraging BIM workflows, but there is also a large percentage that have yet to adopt or are unsure how.
Does this mean that all SMEs and private projects do not need to implement BIM? Not at all, though not mandated in the private sector, the benefits of adopting BIM outweigh the costs and can give your firm a competitive edge over other suppliers and be the difference between winning a bid or not.
Achieving 3rd party BIM certification from BRE Global (the certification arm of BRE Group) - an independent and universally recognised authority in the construction sector will demonstrate to your existing and future customers that your work continues to meet the national BIM Level 2 standards and that they can trust you to deliver an excellent build.
BRE has been at the centre of the research which has demonstrated the need for a standardised construction methodology and guided the development of the UK construction standards and BIM itself. Additionally, we’ve chosen to recommend BRE Global certification for the following reasons:
In addition to gaining recognition for meeting the highest UK construction standards, being certificated by BRE Global brings you:
BRE Global offers both business and personal certification, as well as pre assessment and training to support you to achieve this. If you’re an individual, you can choose from:
Informed Professional – Demonstrate yourBIM knowledge even if you’re not currently working on BIM projects. Certification prices start from £495.
Certificated Practitioner – Showcase your 'real world' competency on BIM as an active member of the Industry. Certification prices start from £595.
Though 97% of professionals in the Industry are aware of BIM, understanding the complexities of the methodology has discouraged firms of all sizes from adopting it. We understand gaining BIM level 2 certification can seem like a gargantuan task to start with, but our specialist team have a history of successfully helping businesses of all sizes not only start the journey and undertake this process, but also ensure they make a success out of it.
If you don’t know where to begin your BIM journey, start by speaking to us. Our BIM experts will assess your situation and give positive feedback, aid with BIM implementation, training or supply and implement the collaboration software required to successfully adopt BIM and start reaping the benefits!
Building Information Modelling or BIM for Infrastructure is a vague concept. The BIM term was originally devised for the Architectural Industry. It is easy to envisage a 3D model of a building and all of its components contained within a defined structure.
However, Civil Engineering or Infrastructure Projects tend to be diverse and spread over a large geographical area. Therefore, BIM for Infrastructure could be reinterpreted as building an information model for a Civil Engineering/Infrastructure Project. The “I “in BIM is the most important part of the workflow.
Building an information model (BIM) starts at the planning and conceptual design stage and continues throughout the lifecycle of the asset. It is important that intelligent information is not lost as the project progresses through the various stages of a BIM Infrastructure Project. Autodesk understand this and have created a collection of Autodesk Infrastructure Software Applications for use throughout the planning, detailed design and construction stage of a BIM Project.
The Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions for BIM are designed to cater for all disciplines within the civil engineering industry including Road, Rail, Drainage, Utilities and GIS. The Autodesk Infrastructure Tools aid the user to quickly identify potential engineering challenges and enable the user to efficiently supply a solution.
Collaboration with BIM is greatly enhanced allowing infrastructure companies to present initial stage design ideas to stakeholders and planners so they can visually ascertain the impact of potential infrastructure projects.
The tools have dedicated workflows between one another. As BIM usually requires a model based design solution, Autodesk’s Infrastructure Tools can easily create visualization, drawings and documentation from the model. The BIM Model makes it easier understand the project and achieve stakeholder approval. This should minimise risk and cost to a project.
The Autodesk Infrastructure Tools include the industry established:
Infraworks 360 is a visual 3D design and communication platform for architects, civil engineers, designers, and planners. It is mainly used in the planning and pre-engineering phases of a project.
Infraworks Models are data rich and different versions of the proposed design can be contained in the one model. An Infraworks Model can connect data from multiple sources to view, analyse, share, and manage information. This will enable better informed decisions and achieve stakeholder approval.
AutoCAD Civil 3D is civil engineering design, analysis and documentation software to support BIM workflows.
It is primarily used in the planning and detailed design phases of a project. It is easy to transition AutoCAD users to AutoCAD Civil 3D since it is built on the AutoCAD platform. AutoCAD Civil 3D is dynamic, make a change, everything is updated in real time. It should increase efficiency and improve project delivery.
Navisworks is project review software for architecture, engineering, and construction professionals to review integrated models and data with stakeholders to gain better understanding and control over project outcome.
It is principally used in the detailed design and construction phases of a project. Navisworks features include clash detection, 4D & 5D Simulation and the ability to combine design and construction data. It supports many third party applications to enable creation of federated models which is a key element of BIM.
Autodesk Infrastructure Solutions also collaborate with Autodesk’s industry leading Architecture and Manufacturing Software for true BIM Model Integration.
The UK Government BIM Mandate, private clients and large contractors are increasingly requiring Civil Engineering Consultancies and Infrastructure Designers to be BIM Compliant. Becoming an early adopter of BIM Methodologies should put your business at the forefront of the Infrastructure Industry. By investing in BIM for Infrastructure your company should become more efficient and profitable.
Further information about BIM can be found in the Graitec BIM White Paper which describes the emergence of UK marketplace and elsewhere, as well as referencing key Government documentation and other useful articles.
If your company works in the infrastructure sector and you want to increase collaboration, improve productivity and enhance profit potential in this budding environment, then please call us to discuss your BIM needs with one of our experts on 023 8086 8947.
Alternatively you could visit our BIM resources page for a wide range of further BIM resources pertinent to BIM for infrastructure and BIM in general.
BIM implementation services are often a pre-requisite for the revolutionary approach that is Building Information Modelling (BIM).
This cutting edge methodology has expanded to become the norm within numerous sectors including Architectural, Engineering, Construction and even the Manufacturing sector, as Architects demands for BIM ready content from the manufacturing for construction supply chain continues to grow.
The use of this intelligent model-based process provides an insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact.
Here at Graitec we not only offer the software you need to get started in the world of BIM, but also offer our clients the assistance they may require to implement BIM and get the most from their software investment
For any business, organisation or project that is looking to employ BIM the actual implementation can be difficult part.
Trying to get your employees or colleagues to adopt the method and new procedures will certainly need forward-thinking at the initial stage, to ensure you are building a solid foundation that will meet your ongoing requirements.
Our Graitec BIM consultants will be able to help you at this preliminary stage by gaining an understanding of your organisation and the objectives you wish to achieve from implementing BIM to support you in documenting your deployment plan.
Throughout the meeting our consultants will look to identify:
It is advised that a minimum of one day is taken for this meeting dependent on the business size/project complexity but additional day may be required to document the practice deployment plan.
To arrange your first step into BIM with our Graitec consultants call us on 023 8086 8947 or request more information.
Template creation is an integral part of Building Information Modelling that enables your business, organisation or project to have the initial core components for the implementation of the approach in your projects.
Graitec will provide a number of elements for you to be able to get underway with BIM, including:
It is advised that this is taken over three days but if recommended by the consultant this could be carried out over more or less day’s dependent on the needs of the business, organisation or project.
In order for your business, organisation or project to implement BIM properly in your forthcoming project or projects you will require a BIM protocol and execution plan that will allow you to routinely implement BIM in the future.
These documents will be produced and presented to you by one of our Graitec BIM consultants who will deliver a bespoke plan for your needs.
To provide you with these documents your Graitec BIM consultant will:
It is recommended that this should take three days but if recommended by the consultant this could require more days dependent on the needs of the business, organisation or project.
Once your business, organisation or project has implemented BIM and Revit on the initial stages of your project or a prelude team has been selected to employ the approach our Graitec BIM consultant will be able to assist you further.
With a plethora of different websites, blogs and forums discussing Building Information Modelling and all the various areas it impacts, it can be difficult to sort through the noise and access real key BIM information.
Below is a collection of resources that we hope you find useful and educational, but if you have further questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.
The latest NBS survey covering the general outlook, attitude and change towards 3D CAD and Building information Modelling, and the growth of BIM in the UK construction market.
The report also contains useful insights from key construction industry figures and the attitude towards BIM survey. BIM for manufacturing is clearly a growth area with strong demand, with 77% of respondents agreeing the need for Manufactuers to provide BIM objects.
BIS – BIM Strategy Report
Strategy Paper for the Government Construction Client Groups from the BIM industry working group. This document details the strategy recommendations made to the UK government for the adoption of BIM.
This report outlines the government’s targets for the growth and adoption of BIM for delivery of public capital projects as well as governments goals to establish BIM as a growth engine for the construction industries economic growth both at home and abroad.
The report also highlights the importance of BIM adoption for the UK construction supply chain manufacturers of construction products.
White paper giving an overview of the growth and impact of BIM adoption in the UK, BIM in the private and public sector and the outlook for BIM for manufacturing and the construction supply chain.
A detailed and comprehensive report and trial, tribulations and benefits of using COBie and IFC in Building Information Modelling projects. The trial was conducted using a physical project in order to understand real world as opposed to hypothetical BIM issues.
A publically available specification pertaining to BIM level 2 capital and BIM project delivery outlining information exchange protocols in a collaborative data environment. PAS 1192-2 2013 is available for free download on the BSI shop.
McGraw Hill BIM Report 2012
A detailed and interesting report detailing insights into BIM adoption in the North American construction market.
The reports offers a very useful insight across many levels of the effect BIM has had in the industry and also the rapid acceleration in adoption not only in the Architectural arena but also engineering and the construction supply chain.
It also includes case studies and real world problem solving benefits of BIM methodologies.
Government Department for Business Innovation & Skills website to support industry in the adoption of BIM Level 2 and outline the processes and information management practices required to perform at this maturity level.This website includes essential guidelines as well as standards documentation or example:
Specification for security-minded building information modelling, digital built environments and smart asset management
BS 1192:2007 + A2:2016
Collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. Code of practice
Specification for information management for the capital/delivery phase of construction projects using building information modelling
Specification for information management for the operational phase of assets using building information modelling (BIM)
Collaborative production of information. Fulfilling employer’s information exchange requirements using COBie. Code of practice
Briefing for design and construction. Code of practice for facilities management (Buildings infrastructure)
Overview of COBie 2012 together with sample data for data drops and links to COBie templates
RIBA Plan of Work 2013 - Being launched after a fundamental review of the existing plan of work due to changes evolving with the use of BIM.
BIM Task Group
Home of the Building Information Modelling task group here in the UK and national BIM News
Part of RIBA Enterprises NBS produce a range of information and documentation for the construction industry
The term BIM (Building information Modelling) seems to have become the de-facto phrase for the construction industry in recent history, but as more businesses become aware of the term, many are still in a learning curve as to what BIM actually is and why Building Information Modelling has evolved.
Also more important to many before they start to investigate BIM in more detail, is to give themselves an understanding of what BIM actually means for them if they are a local architect, construction company or perhaps a construction product manufacturer.
The Graitec BIM white paper will help give you an informative high level overview of BIM in general and has a number of authority references to further white papers, Government publications, BIM articles and websites, so you can start to make informed business planning decisions about your future potential BIM adoption strategy.
The term BIM or building information was first invented by Autodesk back in 2002 to describe a 3D model centric process that could potentially drive massive cost reductions and a host of associated benefits to a wide audience of businesses involved in the AEC industry.
This cradle to grave 3D model centric workflow whilst being a relatively new paradigm to the construction industry, was already widely adopted and very well established in the manufacturing arena in the guise of digital prototyping.
Manufacturing companies due to expanding global competition were driven to adopt an adapt to survive mentality and deliver projects to far tighter timescales and at reduced cost, but at the same time these businesses still needed to remain profitable.
So as a result of market pressures, manufacturing sector processes literally evolved to take advantage of 3D model centric technology and Digital Prototyping became an industry standard that continues to evolve to this day.
The construction industry is now undergoing a similar evolution of its own as construction projects are becoming global and the whole industry is under extreme pressure to deliver innovative and sustainable construction projects at far lower costs than ever before.
Autodesk technology tools such as the Autodesk Design Suites are also continually evolving to help construction professionals take maximum advantage of BIM methodologies with extended toolsets design to enhance BIM workflows and collaborate more effectively in the cloud.
Building owners in the private sector are becoming increasingly savvy to technology and not surprisingly (given potential construction project cost savings) are increasingly starting to stipulate the use of BIM (building information modelling) workflows and deliverables not only for the construction phase, but for the buildings on-going life cycle and for forward management of assets.
Not every construction project will require full BIM workflows of course, but the 3D model centric approach also delivers innumerable benefits so should not be ignored even on non BIM related projects (see Revit is not just for BIM).
But it is not only the private sector that is driving the adoption of BIM (in the UK and across the world), the UK government is also driving BIM (building information modelling) adoption on an accelerating basis on a number of different fronts, and for a variety of economic reasons.
The government's own BIM programme got under way mid-2011 following guidance from the Construction Industry Council and also the Building Information Modelling Task Group which produced a comprehensive Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Party Strategy Paper (download here)
The task group brings together expertise from industry, government, public sector, institutes and academia, to accelerate the wider adoption of BIM technologies and processes across both the private and public sectors and also to aid the construction supply chain (see BIM for manufacturers not just construction).
HM Government also produced via the Department for Business Innovation & Skills an industrial strategy for BIM (Building Information Modelling) which outlines their findings as well as detailing their BIM program for the UK
The government BIM program has a three cornered strategy which clearly lays out the government's own action plan which is to:
1) FULLY COMMIT TO THE EXISTING BIS BIM PROGRAMME TO CREATE CRITICAL MASS
2) AIM FOR GROWTH
3) HELP CREATE THE FUTURE BY CONTINUALLY DEVELOPING OUR CAPABILITIES.
The full government BIM industrial strategy document can be downloaded from here and is a recommended read.
Whilst economic growth and UK technology development will not be the prime focus of many business owners considering the ramifications or necessity of adopting BIM in the first instance, the government's plan to fully commit and create critical mass for BIM should be.
Especially as this ensures that the Governments mandate can be fulfilled and they meet their target to ensure that public sector centrally procured construction projects will be delivered using BIM by 2016.
BIM is also seen by the government as a "significant tool" for them to achieve their own internal cost reduction targets on capital projects of between 15-20% by the year 2015.
The increased adoption of BIM in the private sector and the Government mandate for the adoption and delivery of capital projects in BIM alone should be a clear marker in the sand for the future of BIM. This should also help to alleviate the doubt of many businesses in the construction arena who may be still be sitting on the fence so to speak.
The widespread adoption of BIM and building information modelling processes and workflows also has a knock on effect for construction manufacturers too, as this means that much of the construction supply chain will need to be in a position to deliver Revit content or BIM ready data as part of their project deliverables.
This is already being experienced with project delivery in BIM format being cited as key deliverables in project tender documents. The requirements for BIM for the construction supply chain has also been identified in the government's own industrial strategy document (see also BIM for Manufacturing).
This has led to some manufacturers for construction seeing BIM as a threat and risk to future profitability, whilst others have or will see it as the cost of doing business in an evolving market, but at the same time a profit and growth opportunity for early adopters (see BIM for manufacturing an emerging market).
Whilst participation in BIM related projects is not mandatory for manufacturing for construction companies, given the current accelerating level of adoption of BIM, the government mandate and the fact that construction products represent around 40% of the value of UK construction output; building product manufacturers not meeting the growing needs of the market could quite easily experience a diminishing market share.
The on-going adoption and acceleration of BIM methodologies across construction projects in the private and public sector worldwide continues apace and BIM adoption is no longer in question in reality, as the initial debate has run its course.
Key players in industry have already planned, already adopted or are in the process enhancing their current BIM workflows and deliverables to further maximise the benefits of adopting BIM.
Focus has already switched from should we adopt thinking to how can we best adopt planning, so inevitably it won't be too long before BIM will simply be the norm and considered the natural evolution of the construction process by all.
If you would like further information or would like to explore or discuss the adoption of BIM in your business, or you need help with your BIM implementation please give us a call on 023 8086 8947.