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.