Building Information Modelling (BIM)

You will hear much about BIM. Some people think of it as a 3D model for a project whereas others see it as a database that is represented as a drawing. Who is right? The answer is simple; they both are.

A BIM model will incorporate the drawing in a 3D format. It will include data about the design including details of equipment contained in the design. When we calculate estimates for the work or create a schedule, then this cost and time information can be saved within the BIM model.

As the project proceeds through its lifecycle, the BIM model will be updated with more detailed information. As an example; equipment information will become more detailed, from say a description at a very early stage of say, pump, to complete manufacturer and model number at the time of letting a contract for the works. Finally, after the project is built and the BIM model reflects the works as executed, the owners will have comprehensive information available on which to base maintenance budgets.

BIM will even change the processes of tendering. In the BIM world, all that needs to be issued by clients is a BIM model incorporating everything, including specifications and contract conditions. Similarly, tender submissions will submit a completed BIM.

At MIEngineers we are establishing processes for designing, costing and delivering in accordance with this new paradigm so as to ensure we are able to satisfy the needs of clients now and into the future.

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