Building Information Modelling, otherwise known as BIM, has now been adopted by 74% of industry professionals, according to the 2018 NBS National BIM Report. If this tells us anything, it’s that BIM is an important tool for our industry and we should be embracing it too!
With this in mind, our technical team have been working tirelessly to update our BIM account. A great deal of work has already been carried out, from uploading new models, such as our classic Juliet Balcony, to rendering new 3D images of each of our products.
One of our technical specialists, Will, has been leading this project and says “after revising and updating our RIBA Product Selector and NBS account, Neaco products are now more accessible to architects and potential customers, making it easier to find and specify our flooring, balcony and balustrade ranges from an early stage in the design process.
By working closely with the NBS, we have now added our entire Techdek flooring range, more balcony products, clearly rendered thumbnail images and improved keywords and descriptions, allowing Neaco to utilise this platform to its full potential, to the benefit of all”.
There are many benefits that are associated with using BIM and here are just a few of our favourites:
Speedy Results: The counting of components becomes a much quicker process with the use of BIM because all of the hard work is carried out by the software. There’s also a drawing tool that can be found within the software, which is much faster than 2D drawing tools. As the platform is shared between all of its subscribers, this means that there is less need to duplicate drawings.
Collaboration: BIM lets users share models and information, which ensures a smoother process and allows for synergy; all of a project’s design stakeholders can have the same insights into the build at the same time.
Visualisation: An entire project can be visualised before any ground has even been broken on site, which is great for clients as well as industry professionals. BIM also has exciting features such as the ability to see how sunlight impacts the build during different times of the year. Being able to visualise the project early on means that issues can be spotted and changed so there’s less chance of having to make costly changes further into the build.
Accessibility: All of the models that feature on the platform are tied to a database that has a cloud facility; this means that the user can gain access from anywhere, at any time and on any device.
With the adoption of technology increasing in everyday life, it’s our prediction that, before long, BIM will be a permanent fixture in all of our offices. In fact, we think that it’s just going to become more widely used within the construction industry. As a result, we will be continuing to invest time in the development and upkeep of our BIM models, especially as we hope to see our product specifications grow.
If you’re thinking of incorporating BIM in your day-to-day work but aren’t too sure where to start, there’s a lot of help out there. The NBS website is a good jumping-off point.