It’s best to get one misconception out of the way from the beginning. Building information modelling, sometimes referred to as BIM, is not just part of the computer-assisted design (CAD) software library. In fact, it’s much more than software. Rather than showing you a design, it’s part of the design and shapes the design so that it’s possible to build the project in a three-dimensional model.
This 3D model accurately represents the one that you intend to build, which allows everyone involved to see how underlying systems work. You have the opportunity to see the mechanical, electrical, and structural systems so you’ll know if they work and how they work. This takes the preparation process far beyond the classic two-dimensional drawings and even beyond traditional CAD results.
In addition to this realistic build produced by BIM, you also have a database for the project. This allows you to see and work with specifications of specific sectors, including details of what that segment is made of and how it’s finished. Of course, you also have access to statistical data for reference. If you need to know details about mechanical equipment, for example, you can find out almost everything that you would need to make an informed decision.
Establish a working relationship with specialists such as those at Apex Engineering Services and you’ll have a “partner” leading the field in such areas as 3D laser scanning as well as BIM technology. If you’re in the construction industry or work with utilities or infrastructure, this is your source for systems to save time and money in addition to working towards project success. From the start, you will be reducing design costs, construction costs, and operational costs, thanks to easy modelling with a range of options.
You’ll have what you need to literally see the difference between a planned results and the actual result; plus, you’ll have accurate data for the entire project as built. Choose to work with industry leaders and you have the skills and experience of veteran engineers and specialists in the UK who can handle jobs of every size (a retail premises survey completed overnight or a long-term project of civil engineering).
When you’re in the construction phase, BIM models provide a virtual copy for reference. Examine site conditions from a remote location or coordinate construction when you assign model components to your timeline. Specific issues can be addressed when you use as-built models in the specific conditions. This allows you to make informed decisions as you work.
After construction is complete, building owners and those occupying the space can use the model for facilities management and management of real estate. If someone needs to know equipment details for maintenance purposes or repair purposes, this can be accomplished using the BIM results.