How BIM is changing the face of construction from the bottom up
Post on 04 Dec 2015

While BIM is offering the construction industry a better way of working, as with all new technology, there’s a bit of a way to go in educating users and getting the right people on board.

BIM’s wholehearted adoption by both the mainstream construction and fit-out industries will require a complete paradigm shift with the main contractor providing the important link between the client, professional team, subcontractors and even manufacturers.

The entire chain will now need to be in total agreement and alignment from the outset, and early engagement in the design stage is vital with each party supplying necessary information as and when it is needed.

Having used BIM on several of our fit-out projects at Overbury, we’ve seen advantages not only in the delivery of a building’s refurbishment, but in actually ensuring that the lifetime of the building is considered even before tenants move in.

The focus on BIM tends to stop at delivery rather than looking ahead to the actual use of the building. Now we can link the model to a client’s building management system and tap into essential information about services from air quality controls and air-conditioning to electrics.

By having all parts of the project team and the supply chain joined up from early on, we’re able to deliver a much smarter system. This system can then be easily translated into a language that the facilities management team can understand, providing them with the correct data and information needed to actually run and maintain the building.

Education is critical too. The client needs to have a really solid understanding of long-term benefits for both the asset and end users. At the moment, the expertise is mostly at the bottom of this hierarchy with professional teams and consultants taking the most interest. We need to push that understanding upwards from our manufacturers.

As contractors, this is where we have a major responsibility to communicate back up to our clients.

It will be a gradual evolution but the opportunities are boundless.

Credit to Neil Pike @ Construction News