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

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