BIM   (Building Information Modelling)


In 2016 legislation was introduced on the phased introduction of BIM as a legal requirement on government projects and procurements. The first phase focuses on providing the purchaser with 3D BIM, delivered as an integrated and inter-operable package.

There are many definitions for BIM but they share much common ground:

  • BIM is the digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a building
  • BIM can embrace potentially multiple, digital models
  • BIM provides a single resource that shares information between all stakeholders
  • The purpose of the BIM is to aid decision making
  • BIM’s long term value is in serving a cradle to grave lifecycle span
  • BIM should articulate information in commonly intelligible format for all stakeholders

Why BIM ?

  • BIM will help to ensure tight coupling between design, constructions and operation of built environment facilities
  • Procurement efficiency through using BIM will lead to reduced waste and optimised resource useage and will produce a greener and more sustainable built environment.
  • BIM will make project delivery networks more integrated by enhancing collaborations, coordination and communication
  • BIM will make information about projects more pervasive attaining the mantra of information anywhere anytime
  • BIM will enhance the operational efficiency of the built environment by integrating and automating the facility management processes
  • BIM can help to standardise processes and systems to attain greater profitability

Where 3DMSI fits in

  • Where architects have not yet developed their own 3D scanning and CAD (Revit) modelling skills 3DMSI is ideally positioned to be able to provide that service
  • 3DMSI can function as a “one stop shop” for adding BIM capability to architects' operations.
  • BIM is growing fast in the construction industry. In 2014 a survey of 1,000 UK construction professionals revealed that BIM adoption had increased from 13% in 2011 to 54% in 2014.