A comprehensive report by market research team Pike Research has concluded that BIM is integral to the future of the Construction industry and will ultimately result in a changed attitude toward building construction and the way technology is used to deliver projects.
The BIM Report
The report studied market data and trend analysis to predict what could happen in the industry as a result of BIM and its development and processes.
It forecasted that practices utilising BIM would gain significant advantage over competitors. Senior research analyst Eric Bloom stated, “As BIM tools and processes are adopted by more and more firms in the industry [the advantages will become obvious through] higher quality and more reliable deliveries”.
As a result, Bloom concluded, “BIM adoption will become a necessity for competing effectively in the market”.
KSS Design Group’s BIM Rational
KSS Design Group is a London based architectural firm who were early adopters of BIM . They saw the benefits of BIM and its process very early and have used Autodesk Revit since 2004. In the years since, they have tailored all project processes to suit BIM delivery. Currently they have several projects at varying levels of BIM maturity. However, it’s still common for clients to question the benefits of BIM or even fully understand what BIM is. This is due to the fact that the industry is changing so rapidly that they need to continually educate ourselves and the people around us.
Here are some high-level beneficial points for any construction project:
- When using BIM, all the information you could ever need about the construction project is retained in a single model. From specific design measurements to the types of materials used, BIM offers the most efficient option for all core phases of a development: conception, design, construction and management.
- Because BIM utilises 3D modelling software, you can produce variations quickly without a costly charge or requiring too much time from the designers or architects. BIM is also vitally important to measure the sustainability and long-term legacy of a building. Because you can store so much more data, a BIM model can be used throughout the lifetime of a building – right through to demolition.
- BIM’s intuitive modelling system means projects are visualised early. Designs are signed off with minimal time lag and the project is not held up by lengthy design revisions.
- BIM collates data and information from every single resource that works on a construction project. Information is therefore not lost and errors both virtually and realistically are captured. Models produced within a BIM environment are inclusive and can be utilised by all parties working on the project, from architects right through to building managers.
Perhaps more importantly, BIM improves the service offered to the client. Its many benefits mean projects are easier to run, are more cost effective and far less susceptible to problems.
How KSS use BIM
KSS are a market leader in terms of BIM Adoption. Having utilised the 3D collaboration benefits a number of years ago they have been able to effectively grow and adapt to the process and understand its benefits.
Luton Sixth Form College
The redevelopment of Luton Sixth Form College provides fantastic new learning environments in a compact layout. Utilising a ‘lonely’ BIM process, the project used a phased construction to allow the college to remain open whilst new facilities were built.
The project was completed July 2010.
Sammy Ofer International Stadium
The Sammy Ofer International Stadium is a new 30,000 capacity UEFA compliant football stadium in the port city of Haifa in Israel. The stadium has a unique design, making it stand out on the horizon. The design combines the seating bowl and roof with a cladding envelope. This forms a single shape, wowing spectators.
For this project, KSS were able to conceptualise in 3D and understand the building shape and geometry whilst providing varying options to the client. The use of digital representation as part of the very early design process has allowed for a more informed approach to the building design and geometry.
The project is expected to be completed summer 2013.
2016 BIM government deadline
With the looming Government deadline approaching, KSS are finding that with their knowledge and BIM focused approach they are ready to tackle the challenges and understand how to implement a Level 2 scenario adequately. The practice will strive to permanently deliver quality buildings within a BIM environment where possible and constantly evolve and understand the way technology is changing.