What is BIM?
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. It’s an intelligent process that gathers information and digitally renders the features of a building or facility. It is particularly beneficial for architects, engineers, constructors, designers and developers and is becoming increasingly popular.
How is BIM beneficial for me?
BIM provides a useful reference for making plans when handling complicated building designs, making the whole process more straightforward and easy to understand. It creates an extremely accurate model that provides a much better visual idea of the project in comparison to 2D designs/drawings, making it easier to convey what the finished product will look like.
Collaborating and communicating is made much easier, both with clients and within the team. Models can be shared and stored online, which is much more practical (and safer) than relying on individual drawings.
BIM is a worthwhile investment that is cost-effective in the long run. By enabling you to predict any structural clashes in advance, it saves you valuable time and money further down the line. If the design needs revisiting during construction due to a mistake, this may be costly and can stall the process. BIM automates clash detection and can alert you of any clashes early on the process so that you can plan ahead. Fewer mistakes equal less time and money spent.
What can be done with BIM?
BIM has a range of different uses and functions to streamline the surveying process. It can show you a complete representation of your building and site, including all measurements and components, making it easy for you to pinpoint any areas of concern.
As well as the ability to create both 2D and 3D models, it can also produce models that incorporate additional elements. This gives you the option to create an entire package of information regarding functionality and how it relates to the design of building.
BIM is commonly used to produce a series of integrate models, but you can also extract individual elements and distribute them in print-outs or digitally for a more traditional report. You can make visual presentations that allow you to see the completed project and what it will look like on-site.
Our High Holborn Project used BIM to create a point cloud as well as both 2D and 3D drawings. Click on the link to view the design process and understand more about how BIM works in practice.
Using a 3D Laser Scanner on Existing Buildings
As well as being used to create plans for proposed buildings, 3D laser scanning is also ideal for surveying existing buildings due to its high level of detail and accuracy. This is called Scan-to-BIM and is the method of choice for most surveyors today.
It works by capturing a digital depiction of the space or building. The laser creates points which are collected to build the BIM model, which results in a highly accurate result with no errors or mistakes.
The speed and efficiency of this cutting-edge technology has revolutionised the surveying process, enabling surveyors to undertake multiple scans much more quickly and easily than before.