BIM: Be clear what version of software is needed

BIM: Be clear what version of software is needed

A key consideration when purchasing BIM software is not only the type of software but also the version. Follow our series of BIM lessons learned, published twice a week. These lessons were gained from our Innovate UK housing project for Worthing Homes. Catch up with the latest lesson...
BIM: Be realistic about what you can deliver

BIM: Be realistic about what you can deliver

BIM has the capacity to benefit a project in multiple ways. Often called “Model uses” these range from cost estimation to clash detection and energy use. You might choose to use BIM for a single model use or you might decide to use BIM for many of these advantages. It is important to give a realistic idea of what BIM can achieve for your client or project team and that you know how to make your software deliver the corresponding benefit. Catch up with the latest BIM lesson learned our Innovate UK housing...
BIM: Schedule in  design freezes

BIM: Schedule in design freezes

BIM has the possibility of creating efficiencies during the project lifecycle but it needs to be carefully managed. One area where particular attention should be paid is during the design phase, ensuring there is no overlap between the different project team’s work. View our 15th lesson learned from our Innovate UK BIM project. We’ll be publishing 50 in total, twice a...
BIM: Tailor communications with the team

BIM: Tailor communications with the team

As we’ve already discussed in our last lesson learned, members of a project team will have varying levels of BIM knowledge. Bear this in mind, if using BIM on a project. Make sure each team member understands any instructions relating to BIM. See the 14th lesson learned in our series on how to implement BIM on a project from a housing project funded by Innovate...
BIM Provides Rigorous Cost Control

BIM Provides Rigorous Cost Control

Cost management is one of the essential elements for a Building Information Modelling (BIM) project to be considered Level 2. From capital projects to procurement departments and facilities management teams, Local Authorities are preparing themselves for the new Government mandate for construction. By early April, the mandate prescribes the use of BIM at Level 2 on all centrally procured projects. Construction projects using Level 2 must exist in a 3D digital environment. This “common data environment” is a central software platform where the project team works together to develop the three dimensional model – a replica of the physical project – in advance of work carried out on site to work through issues such as coordination and simulate sequencing. Integrating cost management from BIM will not only make a project Level 2 compliant, it brings about efficiencies and more informed decision making for clients so they have a greater grasp of the cost of the project and repercussions of any changes made. For local authorities, with limited budgets this transparency is invaluable. Clarkson Alliance use Bidcon BIM, a product by Elecosoft UK- formerly Asta Development- to cost manage directly from BIM models to give the clarity required. Jason Ruddle, Managing Director of Elecosoft UK discusses how tighter control of costs can be achieved using BIM in January’s issue of Public Sector Build...