Building Information Modelling (BIM) enables design implementation while facilitating collaboration and the exchange of information between design teams, architects, engineers and contractors within the design and build environment.
At XS CAD, we provide BIM Modelling services using Autodesk’s Revit BIM platform to support BIM workflow to enable design modelling from pre-construction concept stages through to detailed construction stages. Autodesk Revit is a multi-directional, database controlled application which allows changes in one view/area to be replicated automatically in all other views/areas where the changed item appears (including layouts, elevations, schedules or the 3D model itself).
By using Autodesk Revit Architecture, Revit MEP and Revit Structure, we can create pre-construction planning design data for a diverse range of projects with the same family of software. Whilst we favour this Closed BIM approach, we are also able to work within an Open BIM environment which uses common file formats such as IFC (industry foundation classes) to reduce software interoperability issues and delays.
With BIM technology, instead of starting with modeling, the first stage in the building project lifecycle is to collaboratively discuss design critical features with different project stakeholders and design team members. This level of interoperability provides obvious time and cost benefits; it also allows the entire project team to view the impact of their individual designs on those of others and to resolve the conflicts based on this knowledge.
As part of our BIM Modelling service, we can maintain all elements of a BIM model within our Integrated Project Delivery approach. BIM requires a collaborative environment that involves the contribution of various project stakeholders. To facilitate better collaboration within the design, engineering and construction teams and 3D BIM coordination, Integrated Project Delivery (IPD) is an approach which helps in reducing conflicts and creating a successful collaborative environment by ensuring contracts are well-defined with specifically stated roles, rights, responsibilities and accountability of various stakeholders.
We also provide BIM Modelling services to independent stakeholders involved in a BIM project who may lack the expertise of creating and managing BIM models. In addition to 3D parametric modelling, we provide 4D (time schedule) and 5D (cost) Revit BIM services to our clients.
One of the key differences between modern BIM technology and traditional software is that the objects created within BIM models represent actual elements within a construction project. Therefore, the information in the BIM model becomes more useful to designers, installers and cost consultants. This information becomes useful when extracted by design teams and cost management teams.
At XS CAD we understand that BIM is more a process rather than just a design technology and its relevance goes beyond the creation of 3D intelligent models. BIM actually facilitates an evolving workflow and interoperability between project stakeholders, enables an ongoing design review process with the availability of making critical changes on the go and provides new project delivery methods.
With cloud collaboration and file sharing options that exist today, BIM ownership is more tightly defined and despite file sizes being very large the ability to use tools such as Collaboration for Revit or Revit Server means that exchange of information is now easier and more instant. Controlled model sharing in this way has improved collaboration amongst stakeholders and at XS CAD we have the experience of using models using such tools to lead the process effectively.