Building information modelling
What is BIM?
Complex services systems can be modelled in detail to show how they will fit within their environment (Image courtesy of Hoare Lea)Building Information Modelling (BIM) models and manages information as well as graphics for sharing information through construction and the whole building lifecycle, eliminating the need to re-enter data, and avoiding data loss, miscommunication, and translation errors. In short it is integrated CAD, plus data.
BSRIA BIM activities
Building Information Modelling (BIM) Network
Membership of BSRIA's Building Information Modelling Network is open to all - both BSRIA members and non-members. Future plans for the network are currently being developed and the next meeting is to be held on 1st May 2013.
For the past few months the BG 6 Working Group - an offshoot of the BIM Network - has been producing a revised version of BG 6. This latest version, Design Framework example BIM models (BG6/2012) is now published and the group has been developing exemplar 3-d models to illustrate different types of building information model, appropriate for the stages of MEP design. These are not quite ready for publication and a link to them will be provided as soon as possible.
Introduction to BIM training
Introduction to BIM has been developed to give a clear understanding of what BIM really is, how it works and what it can do; the UK government strategy; and what it means for construction projects. It will cover:
- What is BIM?
- The history of BIM
- BIM and the UK Government Construction Strategy
- 3D CAD vs BIM
- BS 1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2
- COBie - what is it and how does it work?
- The BIM model - how it works, what can it do, what to include?
Ecobuild - March 2010
We held a conference at Ecobuild in March 2010 to promote BIM. The presentations included information on what is a BIM, what a BIM can achieve, and case studies of the Skanska work at the Barts and London hospitals:
A detailed introduction to BIM resources, written by BSRIA, is available on the MBE KTN website