BIM (Building Information Modelling)

Published on Thursday, 17 May 2012 15:11
Posted by Scott Buckler

BIM (Building Information Modelling) – Reducing Cost and Carbon in the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%

The Government Construction Strategy was published by the Cabinet Office on 31 May 2011 and the report announced the Government’s intention to require the mandatory use of collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016.

Essentially the UK Government has embarked with industry on a four year programme for sector modernisation with the key objective of: reducing capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%.  Central to these ambitions is the adoption of information rich Building Information Modelling (BIM) technologies, process and collaborative behaviours that will unlock new more efficient ways of working at all stages of the project life-cycle whether the project is a new build or a refurbishment. BIM tools create data rich 3D models of developments which allow the project team to accurately evaluate the cost and energy implications at the earliest stages of the design in the computer to ensure that the best outcomes are achieved.

The information is enriched as the design develops to produce fully coordinated construction information which eliminates costly errors on site and reduces waste. At the end, the model is handed over to the operator providing them with an intelligent FM tool to efficiently manage their asset.

Following the Government’s lead, other public sector bodies are now adopting BIM. The HCA (Homes and Communities Agency) recently announced that they will be piloting the approach “which could cut millions from the annual house building and management costs.”  The HE and FE sectors are well placed to gain similar benefits as well as finding real solutions to help them achieve their carbon reduction targets.

David Miller Architects – a recognised UK leader in the adoption of BIM technologies - will be hosting a Network Surgery stand at Govtoday’s upcoming “Greening the HE & FE Sectors Conference to explain this opportunity further. Sharing their hands on experience in designing and delivering major Education and Student Housing projects, both refurbishments and new builds, they will be able to demonstrate how BIM actually works and to discuss how those responsible for developing and managing HE and FE estates could apply the power of BIM to maximise their assets.

David Miller Architects work with the Government’s BIM Task Group which supports and helps deliver the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy and brings together expertise from industry, government, public sector, institutes and academia to share experience and best practice throughout the supply chain -

The practice is featured as an examplar SME BIM adopter in the National BIM Report 2012 and are regular headline speakers at industry leading events which recently include Eco Build, BIM Show Live and Autodesk’s BIM Conference. For more information on the practice visit their website

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