Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is transforming the way we design, plan and manage construction projects and operate buildings.

BIM makes life easier for everyone involved in projects, working more collaboratively, helping to avoid clashes, saving time and reducing waste because it allows us to effectively prototype the client’s vision.

Also our clients are now not only concerned with procuring physical assets but require these digitally to support efficient operation and management upon project completion.

BIM brings together data and visualisations within a 3D model, which is used by the client, the end user and project team (design, construction and operations) to understand how a building will look and function, the construction process, what it will cost and how it will operate – before it is even built.

This valuable knowledge enables the client and team to make smarter decisions at an earlier stage, test solutions, and identify which will deliver the best results.

BAM is committed to helping our clients get the most from BIM. We pioneered the use of 3D BIM in the 1990s and later linking these to facilities management.

BAM is one of the first contractors to receive the BSI’s new verification certificate for Building Information Management (BIM) based on the processes set out in PAS1192-2. This is the first level of a brand new BSI accreditation, which will in time be developed into a new BSI Kitemark standard in 2016, reviewing business systems, supply chain engagement procedures, staff capability, collaborative working methods and client satisfaction.
This offers assurance to clients in the public sector that BAM possesses the capability to deliver projects in accordance with the Government Level 2 BIM Mandate. Private sector clients, such as Argent at the King’s Cross redevelopment zone and Great Portland Estates at 30 Broadwick Street in London’s Soho area, are already realising the benefits of our approach.

What makes for good BIM?

People, process and technology drive BIM. Each of these must work together in tandem to deliver the best results. BAM is committed to remaining at the forefront of the BIM agenda and has invested significantly in training and software to ensure that we can meet client needs. We’ve partnered with Autodesk, to ensure we can access the latest BIM software, consultancy services, research and global best practice.

We’ve aligned our approach to BIM with the PAS1192-2/3 procedures, which set out key milestones and activities, a methodology for capturing data and the required outputs at each stage of a project, including how the building is to operate.

So you know what to expect.


What makes the real difference?

BAM has adopted a market leading ‘whole life BIM’ approach, which spans the entire asset lifecycle (design, construction and operations). Our BIM for FM solution is giving facilities managers better control of the client’s building, which means less disruption and cost.

Our team is committed to driving the BIM debate and best practice forward. We are currently advising the professional institutes on level 2 BIM (including a digital plan of works and a classification system) and are also advising RICS on PAS1192-3, Asset Management.

In addition, BAM is exploring how we can apply BIM in city environments to help local government’s adopt a smart city approach and realise wide-ranging social, economic and environmental benefits.

What can we offer?

BAM started BIM in 2000 and nowadays it’s core to our approach on most projects. We can laser scan buildings to create an as-built model or create the BIM model from drawings, making the construction phase more efficient or simply helping clients get more from their buildings.

Clients can choose from a variety of consultancy and support services that span the BIM lifecycle and can be applied to new and existing buildings, and portfolios. We also support our supply chain and consultants to adopt BIM.

And we’ve developed models in support of other architects such as Zaha Hadid, Make, David Chipperfield and Allies & Morrison.

BIM for FM: putting theory into practice

BAM’s BIM for FM project breaks new ground by turning theory into practice: delivering improved service quality for facilities management, as well as cost benefits.

By giving facilities managers and engineers 3D data-rich models, we have extended the boundaries of BIM beyond its traditional use in design and construction, and into the operational life of the building.

More than a standard ‘data drop’, this improves knowledge transfer and delivers lasting service improvements.

Our application of BIM for FM won a 2014 Technology in FM Award. The judging panel of FM industry experts recognised the: “transformational nature of [the project] and its potential to change the entire FM industry”.

BAM’s increasingly integrated use of BIM software on hand-held devices also won praise from independent experts Gardiner & Theobald, who highlighted our: “market leading use of BIM6 in the management of FM services, integrating BIM with helpdesk and maintenance records”.

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