September 2018

BIM adoption for architects

BIM (Building Information Modelling) is a 3D model-based methodology that gives architecture, engineering and construction professionals the tools required to digitally design and manage all the information associated with a project. The BIM process delivers a complete and accurate 3D CAD model of a building project from specialist software.

BIM for architecture

BIM technology supports architects throughout the design process. It allows for further insight into a project at an early stage to optimise designs. It is often found that BIM software helps firms deliver projects with greater quality and efficiency.

Benefits include:

  • Greater control and flexibility during the design process
  • Innovative way to communicate the design
  • Study and analyse complex geometries
  • Enhanced collaborative working across the design team
  • Deliver projects in hugely reduced timescales
  • Reduces the chances of human error
  • Fast and simple way to extract information for RFI

Patrick MacLeamy, Chief Executive Officer of HOK, said: “The UK programme based on the BIS BIM Strategy is currently the most ambitious and advanced centrally driven programme in the world. The UK has a window of opportunity to capitalise on the success of its domestic programme and to take on a global leadership role in BIM exploitation, BIM service provision and BIM standards development. In taking on the role it will greatly enhance the global image of UK designers, contractors and product manufactures which in turn will translate into winning new work, growth opportunities and increased employment.

“The comprehensive scope and integrated structure of the current UK programme is also an ideal platform on which to take BIM to the next logical level and aim for a fully integrated BIM – which will bring untold benefits.”

Understanding file formats

One of the greatest hurdles to face firms is the integration of applicable CAD data. The STL file format works best and is most widely used. Some design software packages do not export STL format. At Ogle, we can accept good data in the following formats: STP, IGS, MGX, X_T, 3DM, native SolidWork files and many more. If you are unsure about where your package can export the correct 3D CAD data, please either check with your online help support or contact us and we can help.

Partnering with the right 3D printing firm

One of the greatest challenges cited in the 2014 National BIM Report was a lack of in-house expertise, which is why finding the right partner to fulfil the model making is key. The intricacies of your design should be displayed accurately in a model.

Below, we’ve set out some key steps to help you assess and identify the right model maker:

  • Experience and a proven track record in your industry
  • Ability to employ multiple processes to deliver model
  • Advanced and industrial in-house machinery

The most important thing is that you can work closely with your chosen model makers. When you need multiple iterations or need to discuss a potential change to the existing design, those conversations need to be had with a team you can trust to give you the best advice.

Fitting with your organisation

Your model maker should also scale up or down depending on the capabilities that you have inhouse. They should also be able to get involved at any stage of the project where added expertise is required.

If you would like to speak to a member of our team about your upcoming architectural model requirements, call 01462 682 661.

 

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