Building Information Modelling
Technological improvements over the past ten years have had a real impact on the building services engineering industry. The format of the information and data that we produce and how we manage, store, and share it with our clients and other project stakeholders have changed beyond recognition and is continually evolving. Digital technology has led designers to work in a more collaborative and fluid manner, resulting in better designs for the client and more certainty for the project.
Building Information Modelling (BIM) uses 3D modelling, dynamic simulations, and data management to enable our clients and stakeholders to easily visualise their projects. It provides a platform for collaboration and allows the model to remain consistent and coordinated throughout the entire process with information embedded throughout the design.
Our commitment to driving forward the digital engineering revolution in the construction industry is total and started way back in 1984 when we were amongst the first building services engineering consultants in the UK to invest in AutoCAD 2D hardware & software. In 2011 we were among the UK’s first building services engineering consultants to invest in Autodesk Revit 3D software. In 2019, we were the very first building services engineering consultants in the UK to achieve accreditation to the ISO standard for Building Information Management, ISO 19650.
Following the ISO19650 standard, our team implements a fully documented and collaborative approach on every Revit project, allowing us to issue clear and accurate building services information to our project design team members and to all stakeholders relating to the design concept development and technical design solutions.
Our use of BIM 360, a construction management platform from Autodesk, connects project teams and data in real-time into the production workflow. Utilising these industry platforms allow us to expand our ability to collaborate, centralise project data and communicate designs even when out of the office. This allows us to issue accurate and coordinated information to our project design team members and stakeholders.
Utilising 3D software such as Revit to design and coordinate the building services has many advantages, one significant one being the automation of builder’s work details. Highly accurate drawings and schedules are exported from the model, saving the architect potentially hundreds of person-hours that would be expended to produce the same information and level of detail manually.