Business Information Modelling (BIM) as an idea has been around since the 1970’s. It is one of those concepts that has finally self-actualized with the digital era providing the tools to make it a reality. Now that it has been tried and tested in the building and construction industry, the benefits of BIM extend beyond the design and construction phase to post handover and the ongoing maintenance of a facility.
It was in the early 2000’s that BIM was embraced by the construction industry. Technology companies such as Autodesk took an active and leading role in developing the software that supported and enabled BIM. Constructions companies tested and evaluated the BIM process by gradually adopting both the software and the process within their teams.
As passionate contributors to evolving and refining the process of BIM, Redstack has dedicated itself to developing BIM Services and BIM Training that are recognized globally, over the last 20 years.
Redstack is a leading provider of BIM (Building Information Modelling) Services, Consultation and Training
Redstack provide BIM Consulting and Management services to architecture, engineering and construction professionals.
Working with our Redstack Asia partners, we have extensive experience implementing BIM on major projects throughout the Asia Pacific region.
Successful implementation of BIM requires planned coordination of people, processes and technology to deliver specific outcomes, time and cost savings.
What is Business Information Modelling (BIM)?
BIM (Building Information Modelling) is an approach to a building and construction project. It can also be called a process or a methodology that is used from design to handover that enables collaboration, teamwork and also provides predictable and real cost analysis of the project during and after construction.
So it is far more than 3D modelling and clash detection, which many people think. Without sounding fluffy, BIM is actually about the big picture of the project, so trying to break it down into elements is like looking at car components on a conveyor belt and calling it a car.
One of the great benefits of BIM is that because it's a digital representation of your project with all elements of the project in one place, it gives architecture, engineering, and construction professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently collaborate, plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
Countries such as the UK, Singapore and some of the Scandinavian countries have government mandated BIM requirements. Whilst this has not happened in Australia yet, we are seeing many of our clients adopting the BIM process, going past just 3D modelling and clash detection to actual implementation of the BIM process from start to end.
What was once considered a “nice to have” feature, BIM is now becoming an integral part of the design and construction process. One of the key benefits of BIM is better understanding the potential costs of the building during construction, and now even more relevant, the ongoing costs of building maintenance.
BIM allows for more information to be held within a virtual model than any other system. This means more less rework, more collaboration and less errors leading to better project and cost control.
In summary, what are the benefits of BIM?
BIM software reduces errors
BIM is an evolution of normal CAD software. It offers the additional features of a 3D responsive program as opposed to 3D drafting features of a CAD program, so that when changes are made to a drawing set, the software recognises changes three-dimensionally, and will update all drawings at the same time. Being a digital workflow process, working across multiple versions and project history means you can be sure your changes are up to date and that you are working with the most current version of the model.
BIM promotes an innovative industry image
Everyone on the design team including architects and consultants are working with the same information and models when using BIM software. Showing large scale developers a 3D model is impressive. Spinning it around to view different aspects of the building is exciting and brings the project to life. Also, developers are now coming to expect a 3D version of their vision during the design phase.
BIM reduces rework – measure twice, cut once
BIM software helps to determine potential problems, for example, electrical conduits or ductwork that run into beams. By being able to model and views these building details in a 3D visual environment, potential clashes are discovered early
Also a simple CAD drawing may hold basic measurements for a wall, whereas BIM could include information such as fire rating, energy efficiency rating and more.
BIM Improves collaboration
BIM is about process and collaboration, it is not a piece of technology. BIM provides a way for the entire team of AEC professionals to work concurrently on most aspects of building life cycle process. Collaboration is an evolving process but what we know today is that BIM can potentially bring all the elements of design and construction together, into one standardised model, that can be used to integrate all different types of modeling systems
This will facilitate the coordination and communication of teams, during the design to construction phase in one single data centre. This means that everything that you need to know as a professional working on a construction development, at any point in time, is at your finger tips.
BIM benefits continue well after handover
As all this data comes together under a BIM process, it can be used for analysis, coordination and important project milestones. One of the key benefits of BIM is the predictability of post handover building costs.
Industry feedback shows that 75% of the cost of a facility is incurred after handover, so BIM being used during design and construction has a flow on benefit of real value to the facility manager to efficiently and accurately manage the building. BIM provides much more accurate data during the design phase such as manuals, specifications, commissioning details and photos. When the owner or facility manager receives a complete and accurate set of information about the building, their maintenance planning becomes efficient.
Redstack BIM Training
Redstack’s BIM Management Certificate Course is endorsed by the Construction Industry Training Board. It is delivered either in a classroom, onsite at your premises or we have also launched an online training module (outside Australia only).
It is one of the industry’s leading BIM course modules. Redstack use experienced and accredited BIM experts with real world experience on BIM projects to deliver training on Building Information Modelling. Redstack are proud to have some of Australia’s only BIM accredited trainers in the industry.
Redstack BIM Training is not software training. BIM software training is just one of the elements of BIM overall.
In Australia, most of the industry have yet to incorporate all aspects of BIM to bring the real value of it to their projects. For most companies, further BIM Training is required and this is where Redstack can help you. We understand Building Information Modelling as a process and have successfully used it beyond architecture and 3D modelling, to implementing it throughout a project from design to construction and handover.
We have proven expertise with a number of successfully completed projects throughout the Asia Pacific region where we have incorporated the BIM methodology from start to end. The Redstack BIM course will bring you up to date and into the global world of BIM making you one of the few to have the broad skill set required for a BIM project in Australia.
“I highly recommend the BIM Management course to anybody who wants to understand the process, to be able to confidently work on BIM projects. The course is very well organised, it covers all aspects of the BIM process and its reference book is concise and very informative. A huge thanks to our teacher for sharing his world of industry experience with us and for providing best practice examples during the course." Client Testimonial
Redstack’s BIM Product Range
Redstack support the entire BIM process by providing BIM Consulting Services, Tools and BIM Training. Autodesk’s Architecture, Engineering and Construction Collection includes all the BIM necessities – Revit, Autocad, Autocad Civil 3D, Infraworks, Navisworks Manage and Autocad Raster Design.
Other inclusions are Vehicle Tracking, Autocad Map 3D, Autocad Architecture, Autocad Electrical, Autocad MEP, Autocad Plant 3D, Formit Pro, Insight, Recap Pro, Structural Bridge Design, Advance Steel, Revit Live, Robot Structural Analysis Professional, Dynamo Studio, Fabrication CADMEP, Autocad Mobile App, Autodesk Rendering, 3DS Max, Structural Analysis for Revit, Cloud Storage.
Purchased separately these products total over $10,000 but the Collection is priced at $3,780 so it’s excellent value.
Contact us on 1300 667 263 to talk to us about a BIM training solution that will meet your needs, whether it be classroom style or on site. For BIM software please visit the Redstack online store or give us a call. We look forward to working with you to support your business’ BIM development and growth.