What is BIM?

"Things which are different in order simply to be different are seldom better; but that which is made to be better is almost always different." - Dieter Rams

I've always driven my architect's practice to be the best it can be and to provide the best service we can. This has been my principle motivation for pushing the adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) within my practice. BIM, in essence is the next generation way to deliver buildings. In the 1980s & 90s, the building industry went through a phenominal revolution, leaping from the drawing board and onto computers. BIM is a similar scale revolution for today.

The digital reolution provides architects with much smarter tools than the digitised drawing board pioneered 20 years ago. We can now produce virtual models of buildings, allowing us to test and measure in greater detail, much as the car industry has done for many years. The greatest benefits come from collaborative working, sharing our building models with other professionals and designing in a joint working space. Given that we are pioneers for a studio of our size, it's no suprise to learn that other professionals of our size are not yet working in a BIM compatible way.

Revit Model Highlighted Screenshot

So what's the benefit to us or our customers? First and foremost, there's a signifigant reduction in errors, helping us deliver the work quicker and reduce potential problems on site. The greatest benefit our customers have found is the design development experience. As we are building a full 3D model, we are able to instantly export 3D images and virtual reality walkthroughs. This helps clients experience the design rather than just look at plans. This improvement in the client understanding of the design has improved customer satisfaction signifigantly.

Given that the average age of the design team in my studio is just over 27, it's perhaps no suprise that we're leading the way with the digital revolution in architecture. Pehaps as todays graduates become tomorrows leaders then we can truely embrace the potential for working with BIM.