What does BIM mean? The term BIM is being used more and more regularly by those in the construction industry. But what is BIM and how does it benefit project planning? Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a holistic process of creating and managing information for a built asset. We use it for managing the information of a construction project across its lifecycle. It brings together all the information needed about the components of a building. The process is not only beneficial during the original planning of the project but is also useful throughout the whole of the building lifecycle. Through the work we put into BIM, the building information model is created. This is the digital description of all the aspects of the built asset. We are able to update it throughout the project and the model is the result of collaboration, streamlining the construction process. This level of transparency is a huge asset to the construction industry. For us, it means that product data and information relating to our glass partitioning systems and doors can be shared across a project’s workforce and lifespan. The benefits BIM doesn’t just benefit the project itself; it also helps the architects and designers from a design perspective. Our glass partitions are brought to life, integrating seamlessly into the overall scheme. Not only is the BIM model technically robust, but it is also an opportunity to showcase projects with clients. Clients are able to make speedy decisions on what features they prefer, purely because the project is right before them. This potent modern design process enables us to provide an accurate representation of our partitions and doors. The development of BIM has been viewed as revolutionary for the construction industry. We’re redefining the way we plan our projects and how we work together, across companies, not just departments. As well as initial planning, BIM data can show the building life-cycle and can inform operational and maintenance work. It can even provide the details needed to re-order products where necessary and display where the product originally came from. BIM creates transparency throughout the project process. The different organisations involved can gain a better understanding of how their offering fits into the final product. This is extremely beneficial during the planning and design stages. An accurate representation of the project is created, as all BIM models are made to specific project coordinates. We lower the risk of sizing/space issues further down the line by using BIM. We can identify any clashes and resolve them within Navisworks® through a combined federated model, thereby we eliminate problems before materials even reach site. How we work We support a digital future for the design world. As a result, our BIM objects are accessible via the NBS National BIM Library and our Members Area. Our objects are certified to an internationally-recognised BIM Object Standard. We create our partitioning systems in 3D form using Autodesk® Revit®. Architects and designers can view our systems as 3D objects with asset data attached. By doing this, we’re able to provide more information, such as the acoustic performance and specification of the products. We can also provide an understanding of the build-up of materials, along with a visualisation of the specified systems. Gerard Milliken, our Design Manager said: ‘BIM is bringing the construction industry into the digital age. We are a key part of this technological advancement into making building projects more consistent and organised. The inclusion of our data-rich BIM objects in the NBS BIM Library, NBS Plus and NBS Chorus enables architects and the wider construction industry to make informed decisions. We have an innovative approach to interior design, and this move exemplifies that. It demonstrates our ongoing commitment to providing clients with the most efficient solutions when managing highly complex projects.’ We provide an unambiguous project process for the entire supply chain by using BIM. It promotes a revolutionary, collaborative environment in which to work. As we continue to embrace this innovative tool for change, the construction industry can look forward to an exciting digital future. For more information about BIM, visit our information page.