What is BIM? Part 1

The AEC Industry is aiming for a project delivery approach that integrates people, systems, business structures and practices.  

This process is known as Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) and to achieve this, the AEC Industry requires the use of Building Information Modelling (BIM). BIM is a set of interacting policies, processes and technologies that generate a methodology to manage the essential building design and project data in digital format throughout the projects life-cycle. The combination of BIM and IPD’s allows for the use of a fourth, fifth and sixth dimension.

  • 4D – Time and Schedule
  • 5D – Cost
  • 6D – Facilities Management

BIM is relatively new to Australia with most businesses only adapting the approach in the past 5-6 years. This has seen phenomenal growth across the industry and comes as a result of clients seeing a Return on Investment (ROI) through reduced costs, reduced project duration and improved document co-ordination.

Reduced costs and overall project duration are the likely results of better coordination between consultants through tools such as clash detection during the Design Phase. Better preparation earlier can result in fewer RFI’s, delays, design changes and material and labour costs.

Since 2008 MPN has fully embraced the BIM processes whilst promoting its potential on every job. MPN’s skills include clash detection between consultants and coordination of in-ground services which makes for a quicker and more accurate project. These skills can reduce issues during construction enabling the client to see an increased ROI.

Author: Joshua Falco – Structural Engineer and Drafter