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What is BIM?

Building Information Modelling or BIM is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. It is a process that involves the generating and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of buildings and places. Building information models are files which can be extracted, swapped, or worked on collaboratively to support the decision-making regarding a building project. This is underpinned by digital technologies which unlock more resourceful methods of designing, creating and maintaining assets.

How is this beneficial?

Decisions based on shared knowledge and experience is advantageous and a more efficient way of working.  The BIM becomes the blueprint of the building in file format, and if carried out comprehensively, is a smarter way of working.  All factors are considered, down to the finite details of lightbulbs, which include environmental issues too. Each factor of the building is incorporated into the model.

Looking forward, if a building with a related BIM must have a replacement lock, the facilities manager can use the BIM information to know exactly which lock needs purchasing.

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