What is B.I.M?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) is defined by the government as a ‘collaborative way of working underpinned by the digital technologies which unlock more efficient methods of designing, creating and maintaining our assets.’
BIM embeds product and asset data alongside a 3D computer model designed to help those involved in a project manage it throughout the life-cycle.
In simple terms, it’s a method of digital project management.
The government mandated the use of BIM earlier this year.
Why is this important?
Put simply, the use of BIM will help to increase efficiency within the construction industry. Many companies across the UK still deliver projects late or over budget: effective use of BIM can help make projects more predictable and as a result easier to control.
The government estimated that effective use of BIM could help save the UK construction sector at least £2bn per year.
Since being introduced in March 2016, BIM has applied to all centrally procured projects, with no trigger threshold in place for value, size or complexity of project.
Currently, the government is working at ‘Level 2’ BIM.
Level 2 promotes the sharing, analysis and re-use of information, and provides information in well-known document formats (emails, drawings, schedules, certificates, etc).
(More information on the principles of Level 2 BIM can be found here).
How can BMI be used to aid flat roof construction?
BIM as a whole offers a range of potential benefits for project managers, all of them relating to flat roofs:
Essentially, the ability to transition information more effectively can allow for more efficient automation in complex projects. Though BIM does still need to be managed, it can be a substantial time and money saver.
Finding out more about BIM
There are a number of other resources available on BIM, these two below are certainly worth exploring: