Taking the BIM by the horns

Ken Swan article on Building Information Modelling (BIM)


While BIM is still a relatively new concept in the NZ construction landscape it is important that we catch up with this important technology pretty quickly. The UK provides an interesting model for BIM adoption and it would be good to see it implemented in NZ.

For those who are a little unsure what BIM actually is; BIM stands for Building Information Modelling and it is essentially an interactive model of the project.

The benefits from BIM technology can vary depending on the level of information that is added in to the model. For example, BIM in its simplest form can be 3D modelling of all project aspects (structural, services, electrical etc.). As more information is added and the model is consolidated BIM can enable clash detection and buildability benefits. Taking it a step further the model can be used for asset maintenance (such as linking the model to energy…

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