Building information modelling (BIM)

The BIM concept involves the virtual construction of a facility prior to its actual physical construction, in order to reduce uncertainty, improve safety, work out problems, and simulate and analyse potential impacts.

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Sub-contractors involved in the construction and fit-out processes have the opportunity to input critical information into the model before beginning construction, increasing the opportunities to pre-fabricate or pre-assemble some systems off-site. Waste can be minimised on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-piled on-site.

Quantities and properties of materials required for the construction can be readily extracted from the model. Scopes of work can be isolated and defined. Systems, assemblies and sequences can be shown in a relative scale with the entire facility or group of facilities. BIM also prevents errors by enabling conflict or 'clash detection' whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building for instance where structural frame and building services pipes or ducts may wrongly intersect.

BIM also has the potential advantage of obviating information loss associated with handing a project from design team, to construction team and to building owner/operator, by allowing each group to add to and reference back to all information they acquire during their period of contribution to the BIM model. This can yield benefits to the facility owner or operator.

  1. Improved visualisation
  2. Improved productivity due to easy retrieval of information
  3. Increased coordination of construction documents
  4. Embedding and linking of vital information such as vendors for specific materials, location of details and quantities required for estimation and tendering
  5. Increased speed of delivery
  6. Reduced costs.

So why is a scheme required?

The UK Government has recognised the benefits of BIM as detailed above and now require all public construction projects to be performed by ‘BIM Ready’ organisations from 2016.

Lloyd's Register EMEA have developed a BIM accreditation process that certifies organisations involved throughout the concept/design/construction cycle as 'BIM Ready'.

To learn more about BIM certification, download our guidance document by filling out the form below.