All of our projects are delivered using the latest Building Information Modeling (BiM) technology.
What is BiM?
BiM is a process whereby the design team makes a prototype of the building in 3 Dimensions prior to going to site. However, it is fundamentally different from previous 3 D Modeling which was used solely for 3D rendering and visualization purposes. The model elements a true ‘intelligent’ representation of the materials and construction requirements of the building. This allows any anomalies or conflicts in the designs of the varies consultants to be identified and resolved before going to site when changes can be significantly more costly to deal with.
Engineers can use the model for dynamic building simulation for structural analysis and all 2D fabrication drawings can be automatically produced from the model allowing for vastly improved efficiencies in incorporating modifications and developments of the design.
The model can also be used for energy performance calculations ensuring optimum comfort levels and reduced energy bills over the lifetime of the building.
The Heavey Group is the founding partner of The BiM Partnership , a strategic collaboration of Design Team Consultants that all use BiM to its maximum potential. This ensures a ‘one stop’ shop for clients to maximize the benefits of BiM technology for our clients.
Contractors, in addition to the production tender drawings, can use the BiM to produce construction sequencing and programming schedules, fabrication drawings, clash detection etc. and thus make significant savings during the construction and tendering process, which can be passed on to the client.
Owners and Occupiers
In addition to savings achieved during the design and construction phases, perhaps the key benefit of BiM is during the Handover, Operations and Maintenance period of the building lifeycle. Which is clearly the vast majority of both the buildings life and the vast majority of expenditure on the building. Depending on the project it may be 2 years in the making but perhaps a 100 years in operation. Using an ‘as built’ BiM to facilitate handover and management of maintenance manuals, Health and Safety, Safety File, Operation instructions etc. avoiding vast files of documentation.
Critically it also allows for ease of tracking of maintenance procedures, energy performance assessment against actual utility billing and can create substantial savings in manpower and expenditure over the lifetime of the building.