Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Make your future constructions a success with BIM

Make your future constructions a success with BIM

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the process used to plan, manage and deliver major construction projects by means of digital engineering. The effective planning of a project can greatly reduce abortive time and waste materials which ultimately results in faster project delivery and cost savings for the client or end user.

Having the necessary documented processes and procedures in place, along with allocated roles and responsibilities, ensures that all members of the design team are apprised of what they need to do, when it must be done and who is responsible for completing the task. This level of organisation enhances the design team’s performance allowing the overall team to collaborate more effectively.  


BIM involves the inception of a multi-disciplinary 3D virtual model, which is used to coordinate the design and interfacing of different project disciplines before construction even begins on site. The model acts as one single source of truth, used to avoid conflicting information, the sole purpose of BIM is to resolve inefficiencies that have existed in the construction industry for many years.

The 3D models produced, not only contain 3D geometry but are rich in data that is used to influence decisions during the construction stage of the project. As the project develops more and more data is added to produce a digital virtual twin containing facilities management information that can be used to operation of the building on final handover.


3D Models from each discipline are assembled into a master federated model, this model is used as a visual tool to review the engineered solutions for compliance with the employer’s information requirements. Besides visual inspection, digital tools allow the model to be analysed using rule-based software, for clash detection and to identify areas of the model that are non-compliant with the project scope. The ability to interrogate models in this manner, allows potential issues to be raised.

Each discipline regularly upload revised models to a cloud based Common Data Environment at times agreed in the Project BIM Execution Plan, This allows the design to develop in-line with latest information and mitigates risk when commencing work on site.

This method of working is known as “OpenBIM”, where each discipline of the design team works with a universal format that can be exchanged/shared between all design team members.

BIM models contain vast amounts of data that can be used for the whole life cycle of the project, for planning, design, construction and operation. This is also referred to as “Cradle to Grave”. During the design and construction stages, this data is used to analyse the progress of the project at each of the milestone markers:

4D Timeline Analysis allows the construction time sequence to be simulated to optimise the installation.

5D Cost Analysis allows for material take-off and budget cost analysis to take place ensuring the project proceeds within budget.

6D Sustainable Design tools allow the proposed design to be simulated in a virtual environment to ensure the most efficient design has been produced for the facility.

7D Facilities Management Data may reviewed to ensure that proposed equipment meets with client approval and that all equipment has been included.


The introduction of BIM has not only introduced a suite of Digital Engineering tools to enhance productivity but also highlighted traditional in-efficiencies in the construction industry. BIM has allowed us to address these issues and develop solutions to provide a smarter built environment ensuring that planning, design and construction are correctly managed in a transparent and efficient way. Resulting in an increase economic value for the stakeholder.

BIM is an essential pillar for reaching future goals of smart design and sustainability, raising living standards, higher labour productivity and prime energy efficiency on a truly global level. BIM construction management can prove advantageous for your business through:

  • Saving time and money – by tracking integrated 4D (time) and 5D (cost) information, the BIM model acts as a real-time, reliable and transparent project management tool.
  • Raising sustainability and operating standards – by simulating energy consumption or establishing dynamic in-house flows before physical assets are in place, thus allowing for operation phase-oriented building design.
  • Increased collaboration and productivity – by integrating and connecting all project design disciplines into one model ensures compatibility of all trades reducing abortive time and cost. 


At TÜV SÜD, we understand that all projects are bespoke, and each client has their own specific requirements. We offer support and advice to implement best practices and will tailor our offerings to suit your individual needs. 

We take data confidentiality seriously, your data is as important to us as it is to you. For this reason, TÜV SÜD are Cyber Essentials Plus Accredited.

TÜV SÜD have representatives at high level within the UK BIM Alliance, ISO 19650 Guidance Review Committee and are involved in the Golden Thread Initiative to maintain a digital record of building safety information throughout the entire lifecycle.

Involvement in these working groups allows us to advise you on upcoming standards, processes and workflows to give you an advantage in your own markets.

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