Building Information Modelling (BIM) - Introduction
Melia Smith & Jones have always embraced the latest computer aids and technologies to allow us to do what we do more effectively. We have a long history of modelling structural arrangements in 3-D, initially because of our involvement with water slide structures. This has led us into projects involving complex 3-D geometry such as:
- Setting out drawings for steel fabrication on the Singapore LRT system, which had guide beams needing to be bent in all three planes to suit super-elevation requirements; and
- Complex staircases with limited support to satisfy architectural demands such as those at Heathrow Terminal 5 and St Pancras.
We have therefore invested in BIM through the use of Revit, Navisworks and 3-D AutoCAD giving the following benefits:
- Working models to produce project drawings
- Improved co-ordination
- Integration of models within design team
- Outline quantities available from model
- Visualisations of complex issues
We have developed our procedures for BIM level 2 adopting the standards and methods set out in BS1192:2007 and PAS 1192-2-2013.