As early-adopters of BIM, we currently work at BIM Level 2 to deliver efficient and cost-effective projects using coordinated models with references.
For clients, BIM helps us to create better buildings, in less time – saving on costs, whilst delivering the best results.
BIM is integral to our approach from design and planning, through to project completion and post-completion. We’ve used Revit software for over five years, providing full training across our entire team.
BIM allows us to:
- Model multiple design options in 3D using Revit
- Share exciting visual design concepts with clients, including 3D animations and virtual reality
- Provide detailed, accurate costings and energy information to support well-informed client decisions
- Work more efficiently and collaboratively
- Design out potential clashes to avoid costly on-site issues
- Minimise risk and reduce waste
- Co-ordinate and communicate change at any stage
- Evaluate projects fully on completion
- Support clients with future facilities management.
We also use BIM to accurately model building components, so they can be created off-site, and to support contractors in sequencing and planning materials, crews and resources.
We use the latest version of the AEC (UK) BIM Protocols, Template, BIM Execution Plan and COBie alongside procedures to ensure compliance with Government Soft Landings and PAS 1192-2, 3 and 5:2013.
BIM also helps us to maintain our quality assurance accreditation under ISO 9001 and ISO 14001.
Point-cloud laser technology and BIM
In complex refurbishment projects we use point-cloud laser scanning technology with BIM to plan more accurately, reduce project time and mitigate the risk of on-site complications.
At survey stage, we use point-cloud technology to accurately scan a structure, its services and any concealed partition/fire compartment locations. This is done with minimal intervention, whilst a building remains in use.
Using this survey, we develop a 3D BIM model of existing structure, fabric and services showing all mechanical and electrical (M&E) services. The point-cloud survey is integrated into BIM using GPS reference points.
Point-cloud technology allows us to:
- Develop accurate 3D models in less time
- Work effectively without resorting to potentially inaccurate O&M drawings
- Plan construction phasing and servicing strategies earlier
- Pre-empt and prevent on-site complications.
Click on the pictures below to open VR panorama (link to Autodesk’s Virtual Reality Panorama website).