What Is BIM?
BIM standards for Building Information Modelling and is a 3D model based process that is used across the building design and construction process to efficiently design buildings and plan every stage of building.
It is used across the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries to create detailed plans and explore design options. It provides an understanding of how the building will look within its planned location and to plan logistics for its construction.
3D modelling/BIM has a place in every stage of the design and build process, from planning to design, build and operation.
How is 3D Modelling and BIM Used?
Planning – In the early stages of the design process, 3D modelling and BIM is used to provide real world data of the existing site and generate contextual models incorporating its natural environment to aid the design process.
Design – From this design of the land, conceptual design can be produced, and different design options can be explored. These designs can be presented to the client for approval and input and up to the preconstruction process to plan scheduling and logistics for the building process.
Build – During the building process, these plans can be used by the contractors to plan their building process and check back during the construction process as well as ensuring they are keeping to timing demands and working efficiently. It can also provide an insight to members of the public and clients to understand what to expect once the project is completed.
Operation – Once the project is completed, BIM and 3D modelling continues to be important from an operations and maintenance point of view. These designs provide a detailed map of all elements of the building that can be referred back to during any renovation or demolition.
Why Should You Consider Using 3D Modelling and BIM?
Having a detailed 3D design of your building or planned building is hugely useful for understanding every element of it. It provides a context of where it is, what the design details are and the surrounding environments.
If you are working on a construction project or planned project you are seeking approval for, it provides stakeholders with something they can provide context to and visualise in the planned location. When seeking planning permission from the council or passing consultations with the public – these elements of detail can provide all the difference in gaining support and approval.
What Else Can 3D Modelling and BIM Be Used For?
As well as various elements of the construction industry, BIM can also be used for mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) industries – helping to plan entire systems and how they link together and managing the operations of a new building. These plans come in extremely useful when it comes to any maintenance issues to locate key areas of access.
It can also be used in the construction of factory plants and piping to ensure there is clear understanding and knowledge of the systems in place and knowledge for access if necessary. Having clear and detailed plans from the get-go can prove invaluable to any business or industry.
What is 3D Modelling used for?
3D modelling has a variety of uses across a range of different industries, such as video games, movies, illustration and advertising but in our line of work it is most likely for architecture, construction and engineering. In these industries, 3D modelling is used to provide a visual of how a building will look and allow stakeholders to visualise the final result in its planned location. For example, this may be useful if you are completing a project that has public interest and you need to carry out consultations with locals.
3D modelling can be used across the entire building process from planning, design, build and operation. From providing real world data to aid your building design to providing a detailed plan of the building, 3D modelling has a place at every stage and provides unrivalled detail and assistance is a whole range of projects.
What are the benefits of BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) helps to provide detailed plans and visualisations that can significantly aid a building project. It allows all the relevant parties to be able to see the context of where the proposed building and its surrounding environment and how it fits into it. It also provides a tangible view of what the finished project will look like and design details to bring the design to life.
This level of detail is useful for persuading stakeholders and winning pitches by making it easier to understand how the design will fit into the environment and compliment the area, helping you to achieve buy in and support for your project. From 3D interactive graphics and tours to 3D models, we can provide you with a detail BIM to get your project off the ground. We have assisted on a range of high profile projects and are happy to provide our support and advise on your project, simply get in touch.
How Can I Get 3D Modelling and BIM Designs For My Project?
At South West Surveys, we provide a full 3D Modelling/BIM service from 3D point clouds, 2D drawings or from visiting the site and completing a full survey. Any building can be modelled, from the simplest of dwellings, to complex historical buildings, our services are unlimited so get in touch and see how we can work with you to bring your project to life.