What is BIM?

For many, the term BIM first came to attention around 2011, largely owing to the fact the United Kingdom Government mandated its use on public sector projects with a deadline of April 2016. Since then the phrase has grown in popularity as the construction industry responded and began its implementation.

What exactly is BIM?

BIM is short for Building Information Modelling and can mean different things to different people. For some BIM is a tool and for others, it is a process by which everyone can understand a building using a digital model which draws on a range of data assembled collaboratively. NBS, (2016). Eastman et al describe BIM as ‘tools, processes and technology that are facilitated by digital machine-readable documentation about a building, its performance, it’s planning, its construction and later its operation’

For us, BIM or Digital Engineering; a phrase which can be used interchangeably is best described as processes underpinned by technology.

Digital Engineering is not simply the transition from 2D AutoCAD to 3D modelling instead it is about empowering technology to provide a true platform for collaboration among stakeholders. By creating a digital prototype of an asset, digital engineering enables project teams to work collaboratively to integrate data about a project’s design, construction and operation to ensure end users are receiving maximum value during its Lifecycle.

Combining clear processes that capture the end user’s requirements and competent delivery teams who use common data environments and digital models, project teams can come together, working collaboratively to deliver a digital representation of the building long before any work begins on site. Each discipline within a project team will create their own digital model of their works which is shared among stakeholders to allow for models to be federated and coordinated.

The construction industry is plagued with projects that come in over-budget or fail to meet delivery dates. The traditional 2D drafting-centric design often means issues are missed in the design phase and only realised once work begins on site. The Macleamy curve illustrates that when issues arise in the construction stage the cost to make a change is rising and the ability to make a change to impact cost and performance is declining.

A BIM-based workflow differs in that the majority of the effort is shifted back to the design stage where the project is built virtually once, before building it again in the real world. Coordination and spatial conflicts are addressed at a desktop where the ability to make a change is relatively easier and the cost to make a change is significantly lower than at the Construction Stage.

At Digital Engineering Studio we are specialists in putting the effort in at the Design Stage where the ability to make a change is much easier and cost-effective. Our clients are benefitting from both time and money savings through our BIM modelling services where we deliver coordinated, clash-free models that eliminate issues that would otherwise cause delays once work begins on site.


Discussed are just some of the benefits of BIM but for more information of how BIM can be used to benefit your business or project please get in touch.


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