What is BIM? (Building Information Modelling)


What is BIM?

BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling. It is a way of producing, coordinating and managing data on construction projects throughout the project lifecycle. Simply, it brings together all the components of a building into one central place. This allows all users to understand the building through the use of a 3D model, which holds the information needed to design, construct and maintain that building. There are many definitions of BIM, but it is the combination of technology and a set of work processes.

Benefits & model-based approach

With the move towards BIM comes many benefits. The model-based approach increases efficiency and offers the advantage of time and budget savings during all project phases. The key advantage to BIM is the data and model sharing capability. Revit is among many programmes that is fully capable of delivering BIM. The key advantage to using Revit is the work sharing ability. Multiple users can work on one model simultaneously. Building designers, interior designers, structural engineers and architects can all feed into one central location resulting in a well-informed, up-to-date and coordinated model. Beyond this, it enables stakeholders to make informed decisions based on having all the latest information collaboratively.

Technology & manufacturers

The BIM technology is revolutionising the way the construction industry works. Most of the product manufacturers and supplier websites have the facility for designers to download and use the exact digital products. Options such as colour and material can then be considered, and information on energy value and maintenance instructions can also be added. Solar studies are also available in BIM which evaluates the sunlight exposure to each area. This helps to calculate where direct sunlight will enter and the heating usage. There is enough information collaboratively to assess the performance and cost efficiency of the building. Ultimately it delivers a digital description of every aspect of the building.

BIM at Woodhouse

BIM has become a big part of Woodhouse. Our design team use Revit to enable our client projects to run smoother, faster and become more sustainable. It is an invaluable tool to adapt designs and create ideas in a life-like example, and see the potential opportunities for the space. Through the use of Revit combined with other programmes and new VR technologies you can experience the building even before the project is on-site.

See below our examples of BIM software in action.