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BIM

Before delving into the depths of the BIM world we need to understand what BIM actually means.

First and foremost, the idea that BIM is just a type of software is incorrect, it’s much more than that! BIM is a pretty broad term but in a nutshell it’s a process which creates and monitors a construction project through its whole lifecycle, from concept though to building management. It’s a collaborative way of working combining the following five fundamentals: Processes, Policies, People, Information and Technologies. These essential elements are fundamental for the effective functioning of BIM.

So, what are some of the benefits of BIM? I hear you ask…

Firstly, BIM reduces delays and speeds up the productivity which in turn saves money.
But how does it do this? During the design process BIM can pick up errors or issues through clash detection before they reach the construction site avoiding having to rework elements of the project, meaning the reduction of delays on site. Because the BIM model means creating a 3D visualisation of the model before the shovel even hits the ground, enabling changes to be made to the model before physical work has even begun, which again reduces time and cost and improves productivity.

The model also creates a safer construction site. This is because the model can pinpoint hazards before they become problems, by forward planning site coordination and logistics. This also has a direct knock on effect on improved build quality.

The construction industry has always been especially interested in the upfront capital costs. Going through the 6D process (Project lifecycle information) ensures that wise decisions are made from the get go. Shifting this focus betters the understanding of the whole-life cost where most money is proportionately spent; this should make for better decisions upfront in terms of both cost and sustainability. Not only does this work for one model but the data which has been learnt from the build can be used on future builds. Never before have we been able to harvest so much information from construction projects and then be able to feed it back into future designs, improving cost, productivity, safety, sustainability and build quality. This is only a small snapshot of what the BIM model can do for a build.

What does the future hold for BIM?

It’s a promising future wherein buildings, design and construction will be cheaper, safer, more efficient, and more responsive to end-users.

However, there is a problem: Even with all the benefits of BIM, some professionals in the industry don’t want to let go of their old ways of working. Even professionals who understand the future benefits of BIM struggle to implement it. Meaning they use a combination of new technology with old processes. This seems to be a ‘friendlier’ approach to the transition phase in the industry.  Though, Contractors are now seeing the benefits of moving over to the BIM model. We are finally seeing companies really embrace BIM.

 

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BIM

You have probably heard by now that one of the most iconic symbols of French history, the Cathedral of Notre-Dame was devastated by fire on Monday 15th April 2019. Within minutes the largely wooden building which took almost 200 years to build was up in flames. After over 15hrs of fire fighting the Parisian fire department managed to control the fire, though at this point the spire and most of the roof was gone. Thankfully due to the renovation work on the 850-year-old building many of the religious artefacts had been removed from the building, such as the crown of thorns.

However, there is still hope for the story yet! Andrew Tallon an architectural historian who died in 2018, used a 3D laser scanner to map the whole Cathedral. It was thought that his scans were to help in the restoration project, recording the buildings condition, with the archaeological recording and building pathology.

Tallon’s laser data consist of 1 billion data points in more than fifty locations over the Cathedral, structured as “point clouds,” which software can render into images of the three-dimensional space. As the first and second stages of the process were finished this will give contractors a massive head start as they can simply detail the existing 3D point cloud to generate a fully-functional, contractible model.

 

Notre Dame

 

Assassin Creed makers have also offered a lending hand along with a generous £450,000 to the reconstruction.

Over a 24-month period an artistic digital version of the building was created. Though some of the features such as the spire are different in the game. This is because the game is set in the French Revolution and the history of the cathedral architecture, has since changed. Developers have described the virtual Notre Dame as a landmark technical and architectural achievement. Though the digital artist did do an absolutely phenomenal job on the Cathedral, I doubt it will actually be able to be used as the underlying dataset just won’t be suitable for engineers to work with.

With these previous digital mappings and where BIM technology is today, it allows archaeologists to see the site as it was hundreds of years ago to how it is now.  It’s truly exciting to see that the real use of modern construction technology can essentially remap and design the famous Cathedral. I can’t wait to witness the reconstruction process and see it restored to its former glory; BIM will save the day!

Are you a BIM expert looking for a career move or a business looking for a specialist? I can help you find your perfect fit. You can reach me on either Hannah.jinks@edgecareers.co.uk or 07585 975 183

 

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What is the Future of Construction?

What is the Future of Construction

Advancments in technology have led to many industries becoming more efficient and keeping their costs down, but has it come at a greater price with workers being replaced by machines?

When it comes to the construction industry, the advancements are clear for everyone to see.

Construction Management Software

Today’s task management software is designed to increase productivity and keep everything on schedule, proving an invaluable resource to construction companies to monitor progress and keep all members of the project fully informed, in real time, of actual progress versus scheduled goals.

Budgeting, billing processes, and time management tools streamline the entire process from start to finish. Companies offer top-of the range, constantly evolving software to match the ever changing and demanding needs of this sector.

Building Information Management, or BIM, contains most of these solutions and more to provide the ability to create a 3D building plan and combine it with a construction schedule.

Computer Aided Design  

CAD has enabled construction to begin before the design is fully complete, allowing for fast-track construction and reduced interferences. It improves procurement and performance systems, allowing a host of possible issues to be tackled before physical work begins, significantly reducing the risk of errors and thus reducing the risk of going off-budget or off-schedule.

Blueprint Apps  

Gone are the days of offices on site overflowing with documents. Now, the main player is the application-ridden tablet. A device as useable in the field as in the office. These planning apps have given us the ability to oversee plans and make changes digitally.

Possible obstacles can be accounted for and tweaked before beginning physical work to save having to change them (usually at great cost) due to an oversight. These apps allow for direct communication, in real time, between the owner, project managers, and other staff, so everyone is kept in the loop, 24 hours a day.

Drones

The introduction of drones in the past decade has changed the face of the construction industry, and is likely to continue its trajectory into the next one.

  • In surveying and mapping out the specified area, their value lies in being able to go where humans and heavy machinery can’t, monitoring progress in real time and the ability to make changes to the plan according to the drone footage. This footage can then be compared to blueprint plans and deviations can be noted and dealt with accordingly, saving time, money, and resources.

Health and Safety

The importance of the health and safety of workers has grown exponentially and now safety on site is of paramount importance, helped in part by the legal regulations that have sprouted up around every industry.

  • Headsets, halo lights, safety glasses, and responsive clothing are but a few of the safety gadgets having undergone modernization, turning outdated and often un-adhered-to health and safety regulations into routine, standard on-site precautions.

 

But will these advancements go further and see the construction worker being replaced by machines? We have already seen companies testing bricklaying robots, which, it is claimed are a lot more efficient than human construction workers (View the bricklaying robot here).

Although these enhancements in the industry are impressive and very efficient, it has already been forecasted by the world’s economic forum that 5 million jobs will be replace by artificial intelligence by 2020, but can we really rely on technology to replace a human’s eye for detail and problem solving?

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