But what if …?
That simple question is a crucial factor in our design practice. We aim to anticipate – and resolve – issues before they arise. And thanks to Building Information Modelling (BIM) and our specialist technical team who operate this complex software, that is exactly what we can do.
In effect, BIM enables a digital build to precede a physical one. The virtual information model incorporates the spatial dimensions of height, width and depth; defines objects parametrically; and enables discipline-specific data to be combined into one ‘federated’ model. Moreover, the system is applicable at every stage of a project: the initial planning and design phases; the entire construction period; completion, occupation and ongoing asset management and maintenance. All of the information input throughout the project’s lifespan is retained. There is no loss of knowledge or detail.
The 3D technology brings a build to life well before any construction onsite. Such modelling facilitates design development, minimises the likelihood of wasted time or materials, and enhances safety. Furthermore, Chow:Hill's development of a co-ordinated model incorporates the input of other consultants, utilising a ‘collision’ or ‘clash’ detection process that proactively reduces the risk of error when onsite. Above all, BIM enables the entire project team to engage and be ‘hands on’ throughout a truly collaborative approach.
From the refurbishment of existing offices to the planning of a new hotel complex, the construction of a car dealership to the biggest hospital build in the country, Chow:Hill’s expertise with BIM has been integral to each project’s successful outcome.