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Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Make your future constructions a success

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.

To reassure our clients that we have the capability to deliver BIM projects, TÜV SÜD in the UK are certified by the British Standards Institute for the Capital Delivery of BIM Level 2 projects in compliance with PAS1192 & BS1192.

What is BIM - building information modeling?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) involves the inception of a multi-disciplinary 3D virtual construction model, which is used to prove out 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 BIMs 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.

How it works

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.

How can - building information modeling, benefit your business?

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.

What BIM services does TÜV SÜD offer?

TÜV SÜD are an MEP Sustainable Design Consultancy utilising Building Information Modelling to take projects from RIBA State 2, Concept Design to RIBA Stage 4a, Technical Design, working in accordance with PAS1192, BS1192 and BSRIA BG6.

Sustainable Design

From the initial concept stage of a project, we produce a sustainable design model to simulate the characteristics of the building, carrying out simulations to ensure that the best available solution is selected for the location and type of facility being served. We use this model to ensure compliance with latest BREAM regulations.

The simulation models produced are used to analyse and test:

  • Daylight calculations
  • Lighting calculations
  • Thermal properties of the building fabric
  • Proposed methods of heating, cooling and ventilation
  • Operational costs

Our expert Mechanical, Electrical and Public Health Engineers then use these conclusive results to make informed decisions to progress the design of the facility being served and produce the most economic solutions to server the project.

Why choose our BIM services for your business?

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.

As an established consultancy with over 50 years industry experience, we have the in-house expertise and capability to successfully deliver a quality end product that meets with all you needs.

TÜV SÜD, 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.

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