Future of Building Information Modelling

The Rise of Building Information Modelling

In recent years, technology has significantly transformed various industries, including construction. The construction sector is experiencing a digital revolution propelled by Building Information Modelling (BIM). Presently, BIM technology is witnessing several groundbreaking trends, reshaping the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) industry. These trends are geared towards boosting efficiency, fostering collaboration and promoting sustainability.

3D BIM Model of Debenhams

What's next?

At Red Scanning Laser, we utilise cutting-edge surveying technology to create detailed BIM 3D models. Our clients include designers, developers, asset managers, engineers, architects, and construction professionals. BIM entails designing, constructing, or operating a building or infrastructure asset using electronic object-oriented information. Undoubtedly, BIM offers immense benefits, from improved collaboration to enhancing efficiency. However, the question remains: What’s next? Let’s embark on a journey to explore the latest trends and technologies in the world of BIM.

Innovative Building Information Modelling Trends: A Game Changer For AEC Industry

BIM has revolutionised the traditional building design process, which once relied on pen and paper. With BIM technology, the AEC industry now enjoys greater efficiency, accuracy, and user-friendly workflows. As a matter of fact, the BIM market is worth USD 7.9B and is estimated to grow at USD 15.0B with a CAGR of 13.7%.

Global Forecast of BIM

Research studies by Skanska, Autodesk, and Bentley Systems indicate extensive usage of 3D BIM Modeling software in UK firms, surpassing other European countries. Approximately 60% of building projects in the UK utilise BIM 3D models during planning.The above survey, conducted annually, indicates that there is a consistent rise in BIM adoption and is expected to rise in the coming years.

BIM Recognition in UK

In reference to the accompanying table, the UK market has experienced a notable surge in BIM usage over the past decade, as evidenced by data from the 2020 BIM Report. BIM adoption has reached its highest level to date, with 73% of all construction industry professionals indicating their current awareness and usage of the 3D BIM Modelling software. This represents a significant increase from 2011 when only 13% reported usage, and 43% were completely unaware of BIM modelling, contrasting sharply with the mere 1% in 2020.

The future of BIM looks promising as it increasingly integrates with other advancing technologies, including the Internet of Things (IoT), Artificial Intelligence (AI), and Augmented Reality (AR). This offers construction projects numerous advantages:

  • IoT-enabled devices will monitor and gather data on building performance, facilitating informed decision-making and proactive maintenance.
  • AI-powered algorithms will analyse data from BIM models, optimising designs, identifying potential issues, and automating routine tasks.
  • AR tools will overlay BIM models onto physical surroundings, aiding project teams in visualising designs, pinpointing clashes, and enhancing overall project comprehension.

BIM is not just a type of software, but a methodology. Building Information Modelling denotes a deeply collaborative, real-time approach to generating and intelligently managing a building’s data throughout its entire lifecycle. Let’s explore some of the BIM technology trends on how it is shaping the AEC industry

  • BIM mandates are increasingly obligatory in construction, driven by benefits like enhanced project outcomes and efficiency. Manufacturers can gain a competitive edge by complying with these mandates, improving products, and staying updated on BIM requirements.
  • Cloud-BIM, a new technology, enables BIM models sharing on the Cloud, fostering enhanced collaboration among project team members. With access to project information from any location at any time, stakeholders can collaborate seamlessly using Autodesk’s BIM 360 software.
  • Laser Scanning: The scan to BIM process transforms laser-scanned data into 3D models by converting it from a point cloud. 3D laser scanners find applications in diverse industries like archaeology and civil engineering, offering a wide array of uses for 3D laser scans.
  • Sustainable Construction: In the era of heightened global sustainability efforts, BIM plays a crucial role in green design and construction. It enables engineers to analyse energy consumption, daylight availability, and thermal performance during design, leading to more informed decisions and the creation of energy-efficient, eco-friendly structures.
  • Digital Twins: IoT-driven Digital Twins offer insights into energy usage, space optimisation, and occupant comfort, optimising resource allocation and promoting sustainable operations. The integration of BIM with IoT-enabled Digital Twins enhances efficiency, sustainability, and resilience in construction and maintenance practices.
  • Automation and BIM: Automation streamlines repetitive tasks, such as data entry and clash detection, saving time and reducing errors.

Building Energy Modelling contributes to creating a more sustainable and energy-aware built environment, aligning with global efforts to address climate change.

Bridging Technology and Environmental Responsibility

By generating smart 3D models packed with detailed building data, BIM empowers stakeholders to prioritise sustainability in decision-making. In the initial design phases, BIM enables architects and engineers to evaluate the environmental impacts of design options like materials, orientation, and energy systems. Teams can then use BIM 3D models to simulate and analyse building performance, optimising designs for energy efficiency, daylighting, thermal comfort, and indoor air quality.

As we welcome the integration of BIM, AI, and sustainability, we embark on a path toward a smarter, more innovative, and environmentally-friendly built environment. By leveraging the potential of these technologies and principles, we have the opportunity to develop buildings that not only address current needs but also protect the planet for generations to come.

AI and BIM Integration

The integration of AI and BIM introduces a new level of process optimisation, utilising Machine Learning (ML) algorithms and Data Science techniques to analyse the extensive data generated by BIM processes. This enables predictive insights and enhances decision-making.

The emergence of Artificial Intelligence (AI) marks a promising transformation for BIM, enhancing efficiency, accuracy, and collaboration throughout the project lifecycle. This evolution presents abundant opportunities for architects, engineers, manufacturers, and other industry stakeholders. The integration of AI is reshaping the future, redefining sustainability, efficiency, cost, and time management. Here’s a list of ways that BIM & AI will transform the AEC Industry:

  • Enhanced Interoperability
  • Optimised Building Designs
  • Advanced Design Visualisation & Implementation
  • Real-time Project Insights
  • Enhanced Energy Efficiency
  • Streamlined Supply Chain
  • Lifecycle Asset Management
  • Improved Risk Management
  • Seamless Data Integration
  • Predictive Analysis

Our BIM models match your desired level of detail and accuracy, tailored to your building project's needs.

In the evolving construction sector, BIM acts as a catalyst for advancement. It keeps project managers ahead of the curve, promoting efficiency and superior outcomes. At Red Scanning Laser, our building surveyors offer a “scan to BIM” service, capturing existing environments to generate precise BIM 3D models for planning, design, and project oversight. Leveraging cutting-edge technology, we transform point cloud data into BIM software such as Autodesk REVIT, yielding intricate BIM 3D models to enrich collaboration and streamline project management.

BIM Powered Construction Success

In recent years, the surge in the adoption of 3D BIM modelling software and virtual design and construction (VDC) has notably boosted the advancement of Integrated Project Delivery (IPD).

Here is one of our case studies of where our experts used the 3D BIM modelling tool at one of the archaeology sites. We surveyed Blackpool Tower in Lancashire, England, to facilitate steel plate removal in the lift shaft. Conducting a point cloud survey, we captured data for the lift shaft’s structure internally and externally, delivering precise 3D point cloud data for alteration purposes via Webshare Cloud Viewer.

If you are seeking expert guidance and implementation of BIM services for your upcoming project, the Red Laser Scanning team stands prepared to provide premier BIM 3D modelling services and support.

Reach out to us to unlock the full potential of BIM and propel your projects towards unparalleled success. Enquire about our measured building survey services and receive highly accurate and reliable as-built BIM 3D models for your construction project. Contact us now and book in your service!



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