BIM 11“Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition” (US National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee, 2014)

Building Information Modelling or BIM is the future of how buildings are going to be will be specified and constructed. It will change how buildings, infrastructure, and utilities are planned, designed, built, and managed.

Instead of Autocad drawings (2d line drawing), separate schedules, data specification sheets, certification, etc. projects will be designed in a programme called Revit.  BIM models are inserted using Revit at the early design stage of a project.  A BIM model is a intelligent 3D virtual of an actual component in real-time and can be inserted with click of a button.  It contains the manufacturer’s details, the exact size of the product and contains information like materials, finishes, specification, technical capabilities, references for certification, compliance to standards, cost etc.  The end user can produce detailed documentation such as a door schedule, ironmongery schedule, an operation and maintenance manual, even a bill of quantities based on the information contained within the BIM model.

It allows a manufacturers product to be specified early in the design process and opens you up to a wider audience.  It makes you easier to do business with.  You are helping designers meet the requirements of a project. Bottom line –  you win more business.

It is also worth bearing in mind that all of this information is stored and should any further work be done or anything needing replacing or on-going maintenance required, the manufacturer’s details are there.  This improves the chance of a service and maintenance contract in the future and improves a manufacturer’s chances of being specified should there be a refurbishment or extension to an existing building / facility.

This whole process is in the early stages of being implemented by Architectural practices and manufactures in Ireland.  In the UK all Government Projects must be completed using BIM by 2016.  Due to the cascading effect of standards in the UK filtering into Ireland it is only a matter of time before this will be required of designers and manufacturers here.  KCC want to be ahead of the game and more importantly of our competitors.  Over the last few months KCC have been active in pursuing this.  We decided to outsource the work that would be necessary to make KCC BIM compliant.  We tendered to several companies and are pleased to say a decision was made in early March this year.  KCC are aiming to be fully BIM compliant by March 2016. Work is on-going in this with a live project at the moment.