BIM is the hot topic on the lips of construction industry professionals throughout the UK and Europe. However, despite BIM being recognised as a vehicle with which time and cost savings can be levied, there does exist a myriad of questions and hurdles to consider when implementing BIM into an architectural practice or engineering consultancy.
An acronym for building information modelling, BIM involves the creation and use of coordinated data about a building project or asset, with all stakeholders working from one central digital model.
BIM is revolutionising design, decision making, clash detection, estimation, scheduling and predictive performance planning during a building’s full life-cycle. By modelling the building in the virtual environment first; problems are detected before construction begins, guaranteeing the building is constructed correctly first time, every time.
The Government began a phased rollout over five-years beginning summer 2012, with a view to converting all appropriate projects into a 3D collaborative BIM environment operating at Level 2 on the UK BIM index by 2016.
With the implementation of BIM rapidly gathering pace amongst building design professionals, legislative questions regarding who has overarching responsibility for the BIM model itself and the importance of communicating changes are now coming to the fore.
It has also been concluded from numerous industry reports that a distinct lack of high-quality BIM components was one barrier to full adoption within the industry, with those that are available, not containing sufficient background data to allow the full potential of BIM to be levied.
As the primary advantage of designing using BIM is the ability to extract comprehensive information at various stages of the design and asset management process, the ability to easily source and incorporate data-rich BIM objects will be fundamental going forward.
An early frontrunner in the provision of high-quality BIM components are Contour Casings, who are the first UK company to offer a fully BIM-integrated fabrication website. At the heart of Contour’s new website is the technical “Resource Centre”, which includes an extensive range of BIM, DWG, project and product files – which can be instantly downloaded fast and for free.
The concept behind contourcasings.co.uk is for it to be the complete toolkit that architects, consultants and designers need to deliver their BIM projects. Contained within the resource centre is the “BIM Library”, an extensive bank of pioneering BIM objects which cater for both experienced BIM designers and those who have recently invested in software and training and are testing it for the first time.
Contour’s dynamic, intelligent and flexible BIM components are hosted alongside a full range of product specification downloads, all available via a series of unique “Quick Links”, in PDF, JPEG and DWG formats.
Contour’s BIM content is loaded with exhaustive background data, allowing pre-emptive decisions to be made throughout the full life-cycle of a building. Contour’s BIM content has been built to allow maximum design flexibility for the user, with each model containing a multitude of user-controlled design options.
Many of Contour’s BIM components have been built parametrically, allowing the user to “stretch” the objects into a range of sizes and shapes, with a dynamic rendering capacity which applies an array of vibrant finishes. Each component is supplied with a detailed user guide which outlines how to import the model and tailor it to a project’s individual requirements.
Vibrant case studies and client testimonials bring Contour’s solutions to life, which in addition to comprehensive technical information, allows the user to identify, create and specify the correct solution quickly and with confidence.
Contour’s data-rich BIM content can be downloaded fast and for free at www.contourcasings.co.uk
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