Right the way through the project cycle, the BIM
model saves time and money and adds valueBIM – building
information modelling – is a co-ordinated set of processes,
supported by technology, that add value by creating, managing and
sharing the properties of an asset throughout its lifecycle. BIM
incorporates data – physical, commercial, environmental, and
operational – on every element of a development’s design.
1. Better outcomes through collaboration
All project partners – different design disciplines, the customer,
contractor, specialists and suppliers – use a single, shared 3D
model, cultivating collaborative working relationships. This
ensures everyone is focused on achieving best value, from project
inception to eventual decommissioning.
2. Enhanced performance
BIM makes possible swift and accurate comparison of different
design options, enabling development of more efficient,
cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
3. Optimised solutions
Through deployment of new generative modelling technologies,
solutions can be cost-effectively optimised against agreed
4. Greater predictability
Projects can be visualised at an early stage, giving owners and
operators a clear idea of design intent and allowing them to modify
the design to achieve the outcomes they want. In advance of
construction, BIM also enables the project team to ‘build’ the
project in a virtual environment, rehearsing complex procedures,
optimising temporary works designs and planning procurement of
materials, equipment and manpower.
5. Faster project delivery
Time savings, up to 50%, can be achieved by agreeing the design
concept early in project development to eliminate late stage design
changes; using standard design elements when practicable; resolving
complex construction details before the project goes on site;
avoiding clashes; taking advantage of intelligence and automation
within the model to check design integrity and estimate quantities;
producing fabrication and construction drawings from the model; and
using data to control construction equipment.
6. Reduced safety risk
Crowd behaviour and fire modelling capability enable designs to be
optimised for public safety. Asset managers can use the 3D model to
enhance operational safety. Contractors can minimise construction
risks by reviewing complex details or procedures before going on
7. Fits first time
Integrating multidisciplinary design inputs using a single 3D model
allows interface issues to be identified and resolved in advance of
construction, eliminating the cost and time impacts of redesign.
The model also enables new and existing assets to be integrated
8. Reduced waste
Exact quantity take-offs mean that materials are not over-ordered.
Precise programme scheduling enables just-in-time delivery of
materials and equipment, reducing potential for damage. Use of BIM
for automated fabrication of equipment and components enables more
efficient materials handling and waste recovery.
9. Whole life asset management
BIM models contain product information that assists with
commissioning, operation and maintenance activities – for example
sequences for start-up and shut-down, interactive 3D diagrams
showing how to take apart and reassemble equipment items and
specifications allowing replacement parts to be ordered.
10. Continual improvement
Members of the project team can feed back information about the
performance of processes and items of equipment, driving
improvements on subsequent projects.