How Does BIM Impact Design?


How does building information modelling (BIM) affect the process of designing built assets? Casey Rutland, Associate Director at Arup Associates, explains in this excellent eight minute video.

“This isn’t about software or clients having to ask for something” says Casey. “It’s about digitising the whole industry …and it’s a massive task”. Over the course of his presentation, delivered at the London + South East BIM Region event in autumn 2015, Casey explains the impact BIM will have on the industry and in particular the process of built asset design. He focuses on six key areas:

1. Reduced Waste – BIM streamlines the process of design and delivery helping to reduce the high levels of waste found in conventional approaches. “It’s not just about eliminating waste in what we build, but how we build it; reducing time, money and carbon” says Casey.

2. Improved Visibility – the BIM process allows people to see things much earlier on in the project lifecycle. The 3D laser scan that was undertaken by Arup Associates at Broadgate Circus, enabled a full and highly accurate section to be quickly created at the outset of the project.

3. Greater Confidence – The three-dimensional nature of graphical information in a BIM environment (together with the well-structured attribute data linked to it) enables designers to become more confident around their proposals. They can display and communicate their designs with greater clarity, passing confidence on to their clients.

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