BIM ensures the best possible quality
The use of BIM (Building Information Model) has become an integral part of modern construction principles. Our firm was one of the first to take up the use of BIM in the Netherlands, and we have gained ample experience with this method. The use of BIM has enabled us to substantially increase the quality of our work. Not only does it preclude drawing conflicts, the BIM model also adds lots of information that comes in useful for other parties later on in the process. With consultants all working within the same model, or working with linked models, the various design disciplines become much better coordinated so any issues can be quickly detected and resolved. In our communication with clients and users we use the model to offer a virtual walk through the building or to enable our rendering software to rapidly generate images from the 3-D model. Using simple software, clients and users themselves can walk through the model and add queries and remarks aimed at architects and consultants.
In our experience the model offers a valuable link in the communication between all the stakeholders involved in our projects: clients, users, consultants, regulating bodies and contractors. Each of these parties uses the model in a specific way, but across the line all these different aspects of the model contribute to enhanced communications, improved scheduling, lower failure costs in construction, and ultimately, a better building.
Linking the BIM to dedicated costing software enables us to constantly monitor construction costs throughout the construction process to keep them within budget. In addition to extracting 3-D data from the BIM, other uses of the model include checking the design against the client’s brief, totalling glazing surfaces for daylight incidence calculations, and providing input data for transmission and ventilation calculations. We also use the model to generate data regarding occupation numbers, fire compartmentalisation and user functions to facilitate communications with regulating bodies.
As the end of the construction phase draws nearer, the BIM contains a wealth of information that can be of great use to clients and users, including quantities, colours, materials, and maintenance data. The model can even be used to generate a customised management and maintenance schedule.