Posted: 21 May, 2021

Building Information Modelling

BIM brings design into a fully 3D environment that not only allows creativity to flourish, but reduces risk within the design and construction process.

Here Andrew Brown, Director at SMC takes us through some of the benefits of engaging BIM within a project

Building information modelling (BIM) is revolutionising design and how we deliver projects. For architects, BIM has the potential to optimise our creativity while reducing risk within the design and construction process, thus giving us a more significant level of control over design and ultimately the realisation of the project.

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture and design professionals the insight and tools to plan more efficiently, design, construct, and control projects. BIM refers to a set of technologies, processes, and policies that allow various stakeholders to collaboratively design, engineer, and develop a vessel in the virtual space, forming a reliable basis for decisions throughout the life cycle of the project. BIM allows for the visualization and simulation of the various facets of a space, providing an understanding of the design and the feasibility of modelled proposals. It also supports a shared understanding of the integration of solutions through the 3D model, which can facilitate cooperation among the project team and eliminates the risk of common errors in the interpretation of 2D drawings.

BIM technology (implemented at SMC Design via Revit) supports designers throughout the design process. We can gain more insight earlier in the process to optimise designs for our clients’ requirements. Simulations provided by BIM can also allow designers and clients to visualise their projects in real-world situations. With the help of Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality, you can see the entire design before you submit your packages to the yard.

BIM software helps us to deliver projects with improved quality and efficiency. We can work more effectively with the extended project team using cloud-based collaboration tools, regardless of location. All consultant information whether this be S&L, architectural lighting or even yard steel can be shared in one glued model accessible via the cloud.

With every advance in technology, we are becoming more effective and in control of design and realisation. BIM brings design into a fully 3D environment that not only allows creativity to flourish but reduces risk within the design and construction process.

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