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Building Information Modelling

We are pioneers in implementing Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the design process. We constantly seek to optimize the considerable potential of this developing technology as an enabler of collaborative, efficient and effective building and infrastructure design.

What is BIM?

We use the technology and work processes associated with BIM (also known as Virtual Design and Construction – VDC) for the collaborative design of buildings, infrastructure elements and even cities. All project information is contained within one 3D computer model, shared among stakeholders.

The model can contain all the physical and functional characteristics of a project, including structure, geometry, aesthetics, materials, systems and dynamic performance. A 3D model becomes 4D if a time component is added and 5D when cost-related information is included.

Adding value at every project phase

We use BIM at different phases of the project life cycle, from design through construction and operation, to sustainable demolition. 

As the design and its construction plans take shape, the team can analyze alternatives, identify issues, and solve potential problems before they occur in real life. This greatly reduces risk and saves time and money.

BIM enables constant information exchange among architects, engineers, specialists, developers, contractors and other parties. It helps teams make well-informed decisions faster, thereby achieving more effective and efficient design than if BIM had not been used.

Our use of BIM helps owners make decisions earlier in the design phase of the project. This allows, for example, the MEP engineer to right-size the equipment. In the past we would add about 25% of equipment to cover any changes that happen late in the design phase. By making these decisions early, we size the equipment properly and leave more space for the owner to rent or sell.

BIM can also be used for clash detection and to eliminate spatial conflicts, such as areas where the electrical and HVAC designs call for equipment to occupy the same space.

Other applications include running scenarios, such as the function of an emergency ventilation system, and energy analysis and modeling. BIM can model the movement of the sun to assist in conducting daylighting studies and optimizing solar panels.

In the construction phase, BIM enables faster responses to design changes or site problems, and it supports planning and cost management. BIM enables teams to assess constructability; fine-tune and communicate construction sequencing and contractor scheduling; generate material lists and quantities; and establish material delivery schedules and logistics.

BIM can also allow owners and operators to manage, plan and track ongoing maintenance, refurbish, or demolish their facilities more efficiently.

BIM is green

Through the time-efficiencies achieved with BIM we can reduce energy use and cost. BIM helps reduce the waste of materials during construction and building management, and it can eventually assist in sustainable demolition. Energy modelling using BIM can also minimize energy consumption over a building’s life.