What is BIM?
Building Information Modelling (BIM) software uses 3D elements
with inbuilt information and data to produce documentation for real
life construction within a Virtual Construction Model (VCM).
Elements in BIM models are created to ‘mimic’ properties of real
life objects such as thicknesses, heights, weights, materials and
masses. The BIM's database for a project can contain information
about a project at various stages in the building's lifecycle,
allowing users to extract analytical data from the models, such as
weights and flow data. BIM allows for use of 4D (Time), 5D
(Cost) and 6D (FMM) to be incorporated from concept to
construction to Facility Management Models (FMM).
Pritchard Francis is committed to BIM and currently documents 75% of all structural engineering commissions in REVIT.
Advantages of using REVIT
- BIM software, 3D Modelling, 4D (Time), 5D (Cost), 6D (FMM)
- Not purely a drafting program, but it is designed to 'smooth' coordination accurately between disciplines before shop fabrication and site works
- Bi-directional modelling which eliminates drafting errors
- Parametric model elements that represent real life objects and their properties
- Virtual elements with inbuilt information to assist with FMM
- Clients are able to visualise the design intent
- Walkthroughs / Renders / Isometrics
- Clash detections can efficiently solve problems before they happen on site
- Cost effectiveness to ensure the building works virtually before real world construction
The following images and walkthroughs are an example of the work completed by our office.