If you’ve never heard of the phrase before you may well have read the acronym BIM. This stands for business information modelling and this describes the means by which everyone can understand a building through the use of a digital model which draws on a range of data assembled collaboratively. Modelling an asset in digital form allows those who interact with the building to optimise their actions which results in a greater whole life value for the asset. Sounds complicated doesn’t it? Basically, it means that the world of architecture and the UK construction industry as a whole is undergoing its very own digital revolution.
Building information modelling is a way of working and it is information modelling and information management in a team environment. So if your team is architectural Hull then you will be working to the same standards as everyone in your team. Building information modelling creates value from the combined efforts of people, process and technology and technology is currently smashing through every industry at the moment. This method of modelling brings together all of the information about every component of a building in one place and BIM makes it possible for anyone to access that information for any purpose. This can include integrating different aspects of the design more effectively and thus the risk of mistakes or discrepancies is reduced, and abortive costs minimised.
This method of working can be used to illustrate the entire building life-cycle from cradle to cradle, from inception and design to demolition and materials reuse. Spaces, systems, products and sequences can be shown in relative scale to each other and in turn, relative to the project as a whole. By signalling conflict detection, building information modelling prevents errors creeping in at the various stages of development and construction. Companies that use 3D laser scanning Hull for marine and structural engineering will find that building information modelling is key.
It is important to realise that business information modelling is not just 3D computer aided design as the benefits gained from BIM correspond to quality and depth of information in the model itself.
We must ask ourselves ‘what is a building information modelling object’ and it is a combination of many things. It is information content that defines a product. It is geometry representing the products physical characteristics. It also enables us to see functional data such as detection zones, which enables the object to be positioned and behave in the same manner as the product itself. The future of the construction industry is digital and building information modelling is the future of design and long term facility management. It is government led and driven by technological advancement and clear processes and it is implementing drastic change across all industries.
As hardware, software and cloud applications herald a greater capability to handle increasing amounts of raw data and information, use of business information modelling will become even more pronounced than in its current projects.