Building Information Modelling (BIM) has many benefits for the built environment as a whole. BIM enables Building Owners, Contractors and the Supply Chain to access a single, integrated source of data for any built asset. It involves everyone involved on a project adopting a collaborative approach to data. This results in increased efficiency, lower costs and improved communication from planning, through construction and into the operational life cycle of a built asset.
The overarching benefit of BIM is the creation of a single source of data for any built asset which has been contributed to by all parties in the planning, construction and operational phases. It feeds information about key facilities systems (such as energy, security and utilities) in a digital format so that this data can be used to make intelligent, informed decisions about the asset.
The process is software-led and compliance to BIM Level 2 is now mandated by the Government for all projects funded by the Treasury. Collaboration across the construction industry is vital and demanded as BIM becomes a greater part of its future.
Although BIM is currently only enforced in the public sector, it is expected that the process will have an equal impact on the private sector in the coming decades. BIM affects everyone with a responsibility across the life cycle of a built asset.
In the Planning phase BIM becomes important for architects, detailers and fabricators. In the Construction phase the responsibilities for BIM include main contractors, subcontractors, site managers, engineers and erectors. When construction completes and the built asset enters operation, the information from BIM is vital for building owners and facilities managers.
BIM requires all of these people to collaborate on a single store of data to fully realise its benefits.
Improved building design
Lower life cycle costing
Decline in incidents
Compliance with regulations