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03 March 2017

Enhancing productivity with BIM technology

Building Information Modelling (BIM) can make an immense difference in the construction and engineering industry. Consulting Engineers are generally under a tremendous pressure to deliver projects on time and within budget, and BIM can significantly contribute to this end. At JV Tierney & Co. Consulting Engineers the following points outline some of the ways we have found BIM to be an effective contributor to our work.

Capturing Reality: BIM technology has enabled us to capture reality by extracting real world designs and models from photographs, and streamline our project preparations in a way that traditional 2D drawings cannot.

Maintaining Control: BIM is equipped with tools such as ‘project history connections’ and ‘auto save’. This gives users the confidence that time spent working on models has been captured. Connection to the models evolution ensures that files do not become corrupt.

Simulating and Visualising: BIM software provides simulation tools which allow designers to visualise such things as the intensity of the sunlight during different seasons, and to therefore quantify building energy performance under different circumstances. BIM software is capable of applying rules based on best practises and physics to better assist team members and engineers. The technology is capable of analysing and modelling to achieve peak performance. In essence, BIM condenses real world rules and knowledge into a single program that can be controlled with the click of a button.

Resolving Conflicts: BIM technology assists in automating clash detection of ductwork or electrical conduit that run into a beam. A clash is when the elements of separate models have parameters that are incompatible, a time sequence that is not in order or when the elements are occupying the same space. When BIM is employed from the beginning of a project, clashes are detected early - reducing the amount of issues onsite. BIM modelling also ensures elements fit together perfectly, allowing components to be manufactured offsite and bolted into place, as opposed to being created onsite.