Building Information Modelling

BIM is the process of modelling buildings in 3D where the various elements are linked and by changing one the others are automatically changed also. It has the advantage of being efficient and accurate and with the capability to manage out clashes and conflicts between, say, structural and finishings components it minimises coordination risk and prevents expensive "on site" remediation solutions. The construction industry, particularly during the recession of 2007 onwards, has been slow to adopt the implementation of BIM largely because of the cost to change, the training required and the potential short term disruption to the business whilst technical staff become familiar with the software while still working towards project timetables and deadlines.

It is interesting to note that around 75% of architects work in practices with less than 10 staff and that the recession has seen significant changes to many of the larger practices with both senior and bright young staff moving on to "do their own thing". This has probably created the highest number of new start- ups for many years. We believe that these smaller and newer businesses may make the transition to BIM more easily and we wanted to be in a position to respond. To date very few Surveying practices have considered using BIM and even fewer have invested the time and money to become involved.