Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) - The revolution in the construction industry

The construction industry is dynamic. We live in a changeable and high tech world and in order for us to stay up to date with the latest technologies and remain innovative, we invest our efforts to create new opportunities.
This is why we are firmly fixed on the future needs of our customers. As market leader, Marley Alutec is the first rainwater systems manufacturer offering BIM objects for its entire product portfolio.

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.

To find out more about BIM, please have a look to the Qs & As below. 

Qs & As About BIM

A1: BIM is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle.

BIM creates a digital model that can be used from a project’s early design stages through to completion and monitoring of subsequent performance.

This model can be used by the design team to design the building, the construction team to model the construction of the building and then the building owner to manage the facility through its life.

A2: The improved visualisation provided by BIM is helpful to all members of the design team during concept development.

Quality of information is also a major benefit because it facilitates faster assessment of design changes, reducing risk of failure, and resulting in fewer change orders.

Cost control becomes more effective at an earlier stage in the design process, with design, constructability and cost achieving a closer and more responsive interface.

A3: BIM enables the cost management service to fully integrate into the lifecycle of a building. The cost consultant is able to advise the client of the most cost effective design, through true value engineering and improved accuracy of estimates.

BIM can also facilitate improved supply chain management, particularly for clients with repeat procurement models. Improving the flow of information will drive cost certainty and stimulate greater competition.

Councils are now demanding embodied carbon assessments for new developments. BIM can help avoid delays to programme and any unnecessary costs associated. Cost consultants are best placed to produce embodied carbon cost plans, allowing clients to accurately benchmark CO2 per m² for future developments.

A4: BIM can also play a key role in delivering more sustainable projects by helping to reduce waste through better coordination of design, and providing a means to simulate performance against sustainable building codes.

BIM could enable procurement models to evolve, with features such as automatic specification writing, incorporating sustainable characteristics such as recycled content values, embodied carbon requirements and ‘u’ values.

A5: BIM, if successfully implemented, will help organisation strip the waste from their processes which in many cases could be in the bandwidth of 20-30%.  This can be achieved by designing and building the asset virtually, once, twice….until it can be built once flawlessly on site.

A6: COBie is a data standard developed to manage the data coming from BIM models into the client organisation, particularly for the handover of O&M information.  The data is exchanged using spreadsheets to keep the complexity of systems and training to a minimum.

A7: The Government Construction Strategy (GCS) requires that: Government will require fully collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) as a minimum by 2016.  This refers to all centrally procured Government projects as outlined in the GCS including new build and retained estate, vertical and linear.

Specifying rainwater systems through BIM - The below is a short advisory film, hosted by Tony Wereszczynski – Technical Director, Marley Alutec. The video tackles the topic about Building Information Modelling (BIM), giving advice in an informative and subjective way.

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