BIM – or Building Information Modelling – has revolutionised building design and we’ve been quick to invest in the appropriate skills and technology to make sure our clients gain maximum advantage.
In essence, BIM is a new way of working that improves efficiency, reduces time on-site and makes sure that projects are delivered on time and on budget. BIM is a collaborative process involving the entire project team. The client identifies the desired goal for the process and the team works together to deliver a co-ordinated model.
We have an excellent reputation for delivering complex BIM projects – meeting BIM Level 2 requirements with ease. This is recognised as the highest level of BIM that can currently be achieved, putting us firmly at the forefront of M&E consultancy in the UK. As the industry moves towards Level 3, we’re committed to building on our leadership, ensuring that our clients benefit from the very best service and support. You can see more about BIM FAQs here (Qu 16 is about maturity levels).
We present our designs through Autodesk Revit, so clients can see how the completed building will look in 3D. By using Revit, we can quickly and easily provide additional details such as sections or elevations without having to redraw the entire area – reducing delays and saving money. At the same time, we provide a traditional set of drawing sheets as well as the 3D model for anybody who’s unfamiliar with BIM/Revit or is tasked with producing project costings, such as Quantity Surveyors.
We’ve also embraced the principles of COBie, the Construction Operations Building Information Exchange, because we believe it adds real value to the facilities management function. With COBie, a client can use an iPad or other tablet to maintain and manage their building. It’s simple to access technical information for each asset and also order replacement parts when necessary. More information about COBie can be found here.
Not just IT literate – engineering literate too
At BSD, our people don’t just understand the technology behind BIM – they have first-hand knowledge of how it works in practice and on-site. Like many other M&E consultancies, we hire talented individuals and provide them with high quality training in 2D CAD followed by Revit. That’s where the similarities end – because unlike most other M&E consultancies, we then make sure they also have practical knowledge of how their BIM and Revit work impacts at the sharp end of the business. We take them on site visits to gain an understanding of how their drawings translate into real-life features and, in many instances, pay for them to gain building services qualifications.