BIM (or Building Information Modelling) is a systematic approach to Design and Documentation that moves beyond the 2D drawing and engages with the 3D (space), 4D (time) and 5D (cost) realities of construction. BIM is more than just a software platform for creating documents and schedules; instead it affords the designers who properly engage with it the ability to design, analyse, investigate, develop and rationalise the buildings they create and consequently reduce the risk associated with a build first – fix later approach.
POWE Architects have been utilising BIM platforms to develop strategies for risk reduction in our projects for over ten years. In that time we have developed a reputation for engaging with our clients, consultants and contractors to assist them in deriving the most benefit from these methods. This experience and reputation is reinforced by our commitment to undertake all projects utilising the best BIM methods available in the marketplace and to seek out consultant teams who will embrace BIM into their methods.
One of the major benefits of the current generation of BIM platforms is the ability to exchange more meaningful information than was previously possible through the distribution of 2D drawings. Collaborative procurement strategies allow the entire project team (including contractors and facility managers) to exchange meaningful information about buildings and their components. Through exchanging intelligent data the project team can coordinate architectural and structural systems, detect collisions between services and structure, analyse building environmental performance and automate cost plan generation.