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17 November 2016

BIM Technology Introduction

J.V. Tierney & Co. first started looking at Building Information Modelling (BIM) in 2010 as a means of streamlining our internal procedures to produce a more efficient project design. Our first BIM software products included IES-VE for thermal modelling, DIALux for lighting design and Ecotect for solar analysis. To achieve “true BIM” we felt it was necessary to use BIM software that would tie in with these other software products and carry out calculations previously done through Excel while also making the transition from Autocad to BIM easier. 

Current BIM software products we are using include the following:
· Autodesk Building Design Suite Premium (Revit Suite)
· Green Building Studio
· Ecotect Analysis
· IES-VE
· EDSL-TAS 
· DIALux

These software products allowed us to collaborate with other software products through IFC and other BIM compatible software add-ons. The software suite we found best suited our needs for collaboration was REVIT MEP which led us to buying a subscription to Revit MEP in 2010 and carry out training for various members of staff.

Due to BIM being relatively new to our industry we found the take up to be quite slow and limited. This led to us searching out potential BIM projects to carry out. We referred to the wedge diagram to categorise our BIM projects.