Building Information Modelling at DMA

In an industry dominated by a constant effort to increase performance and efficiency across all stages of development, adopting the building information modelling (BIM) process is becoming an undeniable requirement.

Industry drivers

In 2016 the UK Government made BIM level 2 mandatory on all publicly funded projects. BIM level 2 represents a clear set of protocols that standardise the way the model is built and managed in a collaborative environment, but also defines what is required within the model at each stage of the design and for its post completion usage, such as facilities management.

The construction industry is highly competitive and in this climate clients have become aware of the benefits provided by BIM, in return they are asking contractors and consultants to demonstrate their ability through a track record of successfully managed BIM projects.

Although Level 2 is only mandatory for publicly funded projects, this has also had an effect throughout the supply chain on private developments.

Advantages of BIM

There are many advantages to adopting BIM from the outset of a project, but the main benefits lie with production of information across the design, coordination and client team, and being able to visualise the design in 3D rather than attempting to visualise how elevations relate to plans, as in the traditional 2D format.

During the process, in the background the model is creating rich data of quantities and measurements that can be used, for example, by the Project Manager and QS to plan and cost more accurately, than they would with traditional CAD information.

If all of the consultants implemented BIM from the outset of a project, the coordination between disciplines would be more effective, this would help reduce unknown variables that come up later in the project and anticipate potential issues before their occurrence.

By modelling the project earlier, we can use this digital prototype to allow our clients to view what their building will look like, by blending our information with VR technology to provide an immersive experience at each stage of the design process. This will allow our client to view spaces and interact with their building, and make more informed decisions on the design from earlier in the design process.

Additional benefits are derived from the finished model, which the client can use to forecast the cost of running the building. This could help inform the sustainability of the building and inform potential changes to improve the performance of the building through the design. It is also possible to run algorithms that anticipate how people will use the spaces, which is particularly useful for public areas.

BIM Implementation at DMA

At DMA we have been adopting BIM across our project delivery and due to its success have started to implement across all work stages.

By harnessing the full capacity of BIM we are now able to maximise our client’s value, streamline production of project information, make more informed decisions and communicate our designs effectively.

BIM also allows us to stay competitive in a market where quality, cost and speed are the main prerequisites for clients. Through our arsenal of digital tools and in conjunction with our robust set of protocols, we are able to deliver our clients a digital asset earlier in the process, which allows informed decisions earlier in the project. We are currently developing a framework which lays out the BIM workflow we would like to apply to our interior design projects in order for them to harness the full potential of this process.

One of the many advantages we have is our dynamic structure which gives us the ability to implement change and evolve as a practice, and we are able to quickly embrace and adapt to the constantly evolving digital world. We have always had a culture of investing in the latest technology and we’re ready to integrate future technological advancements into our work to add value to our client’s projects.