Building Information Modelling

Silcock Dawson has been working on BIM projects for over three years and are currently using REVIT 18 for 3D drawing/modeling and NAVIS Works for clash detection. REVIT also integrates with TAS our Thermal Modelling software creating a seamless and efficient service.
Since 2016 all government funded projects will require design and construction teams to work to BIM level 2.
The advantages of using BIM during the design process means that the building envelope, structure and services can be reviewed regularly in 3D, this is generally carried out at design team meetings. Pinch points, clashes and ease of maintenance access can be reviewed and corrective action taken at an early stage. Later on in the process NAVIS Works is also used to identify and resolve clash detection, which is of particular importance during the final co-ordination stages of the design.
At the start of any project our BIM manager will agree the BIM protocols with the team to produce a plan of work which coordinates the activity of the Architects, Structural Engineer and Quantity Surveyor and organises the interchange of files, this is known as the BIM Execution Plan. At this stage we generally agree to which protocol level the project should achieve, generally now we are working to BIM Level 2 where we are required to import information onto Cobie (Construction Operations Building Information Exchange) a piece of software which is used to produce the final information files for the project, these include asset registers and in some instances maintenance regimes, although at present the M&E suppliers are slow to respond.
Our work flow follows the requirements of BISRIA BG6/2014 which fully integrates our plan of work with that of the latest RIBA Plan and is organised around BIM level 2.