Building Information Modelling (BIM) is about getting people and information working together effectively and efficiently. By using defined processes and technology, best value can be driven throughout the asset life cycle.
Embedding BIM processes right from project inception helps protect and prioritise your development objectives into asset operation and decommissioning phases.
BIM enables a better understanding of the construction environment, reducing the risk of design clash and securing asset functionality. Wasteful processes and activities are removed, saving money and reducing environmental impact.
Adopting a BIM approach brings predictability to a project, not just for capital delivery but operation too. Traditionally, the volume of design and construction information handed onto asset operators is minimal. BIM facilitates data transfer, making maintenance issues easier to resolve and saving money in the long term.
A collaborative culture
The Government’s mandate for the adoption of BIM Level 2 on all centrally procured public contracts by 2016 puts compliance pressures on those working for and on behalf of state departments.
In our experience, a high proportion of people tend to focus on the technical IT application of BIM, which often leads to a lack of engagement and adoption. In fact, it’s all about information management – delivering it in the right format, to the right people, at the right time.
We are trained and accredited BIM Information Managers, so we are one of the few organisations who help clients comply with Level 2 BIM.
Data collated through BIM can be extracted and manipulated to create detailed cost and programme models to keep your current project on track and to guide future developments.
BIM technology comes in various forms. Collectively it offers a number of benefits by:
- enabling managed access to information
- giving us the platform to create virtual models - representations of what is to be/has been constructed
- allowing us to manoeuvre around models so we can see understand the environment better
- allowing us to test the models and manage risk around proposals
- giving us the means to analyse, extract and interrogate information
Government Soft Landings (GSL)
The GSL policy is mandated for adoption by 2016 aligning with BIM Level 2 requirements. It is to be implemented across central Government departments and will apply to centrally procured projects.
The transition of an asset throughout the design, construction and operation stages is intended to be smooth, structured and effective. GSL recognises this and that the ongoing operational cost of an asset tends to far outweigh the capital cost of construction. There is consequently a need to consider these factors from the outset of a construction project through early FM and/or end user engagement.
BIM is a powerful tool, and we offer the detailed understanding and skilful management needed to achieve proper implementation and effectiveness. Our BIM support is underpinned by the wealth of construction data we hold, covering all key industry sectors, build types, sustainability ratings and procurement/contract arrangements.
Gleeds is working in conjunction with the Construction Industry Council and the government’s BIM Task Group to raise BIM awareness and potential. We also offer training and are working with multiple clients to implement BIM in their organisations.
Our services include:
- Establishing information requirements, prioritising asset performance needs
- Implementing and managing BIM processes, ensuring compliance with project management procedures and processes
- Extracting, analysing and manipulating data held in virtual models for use in cost and programme models
- Delivering training and advisory services to support the BIM Information Manager role, in part or entirely