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What is BIM?

Alice-India Garwood
by Alice-India Garwood on June 27, 2018

Where to start with BIM? If you haven’t used it, you’ve certainly heard of it. And if you haven’t heard of it - where have you been?!

BIM might seem like a scary digital intruder, but in all honesty, we’ve been working with the principles of BIM for decades. Don’t believe us? You’d be surprised.

Back in the 60s, architects were theorising about the changing face of building design. Computers were still relatively new and not as easy to use as they are today, but already the future was being handed over to the machines. The notion of collaborative work via computer seemed possible even then.

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"BIM might seem like a scary digital intruder, but in all honesty, we’ve been working with the principles of BIM for decades."

In the late 70s, Charles Eastman, fondly known as the ‘father of BIM’, shared his frustration with the “inefficient” hand drawn building designs we had been using for centuries. Fast forward to today and we have BIM.

The best way to describe BIM is this:

When you have a project, it essentially comes in two parts: your 3D model and the paper side which includes scheduling and costs etc.

What BIM does is put that all together in one easy to manage package. An easy to manage package that anyone who is working on the project can have access to.

The interconnected nature of the technology is perhaps what makes it so special. If we take a tower block for instance and I need to adjust the size of the windows. I go in to the programme and do this on my section.

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"BIM will adjust any and all aspects associated with the changingThis is where the magic comes in."

By editing the size of the windows on my section of the programme, BIM will adjust any and all aspects associated with the changing size of those windows, without me having to do anything.

No more complicated hand drawings. No more messaging back and forth to make sure everyone knows about the changes. It’s just done and ready to go.

Not only is BIM saving you time, but with that, money. Whether it is the cost of waiting for changes to occur, or the cost of waste material, BIM is there for you. It’s this kind of planning ahead that can act as a preventative measure to delays and crises on site.

We really encourage you to get involved with BIM if you haven’t already. The UK government is investing a lot of time and money in to the research and development of BIM - we can think of no better endorsement!

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"The UK government is investing a lot of time and money in to the research and development of BIM."

Have you ever used BIM? Are you new to BIM and want to hear more from your fellow builders? Join our community and get involved in the conversation and get to know other builders.

Tags: Efficiency

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Alice-India Garwood

Alice-India Garwood

Content Marketing Executive at Bobtrade. Interested in design, sustainability and the history of construction. I love all things indie and theatrical.