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Building Information Modelling (BIM)

BIM is about more than creating models. It is about unlocking knowledge and insight, creating the platform for true collaboration.

This state-of-the-art digital prototyping technology enables us to integrate data about a building’s design, construction and future function to develop the most efficient methods of delivery and operation.

To put it simply, if it can be built in the ‘virtual’ world of BIM, then it can be built in the real world.

Critical to our Design for Manufacture and Assembly agenda, BIM supports greater collaboration and more informed decision-making by providing a central data source. This helps create more unified delivery teams, while allowing the supply chain to see beyond their own activities to a more holistic view of the client’s objectives.

Fundamental to achieving true BIM is having the right blend of technical and cultural platforms. An inclusive environment based on openness, cooperation and knowledge-sharing must be underpinned by consistent processes and access points, allowing everyone involved in a project to navigate freely around the model and explore the data.

Laing O’Rourke is helping to lead the BIM agenda, training forward-thinking project leaders to embed it across our culture. At the same time, delivery teams – both on and off site – are driving BIM into our business processes. Working with carefully selected consultants, subcontractors and supply chain partners, we are establishing the requisite protocols – achieving consistency at every interface.

BIM Case Study122 Leadenhall Street, London

The benefits of BIM

When applied at the very earliest stages of a project, BIM not only facilitates better design but helps identify and eliminate risks that might arise later down the line – offering greater predictability of price and programme.

Once a product has been modelled, we can attach a range of data to it – relating to anything from cost to carbon. Critically, BIM has the capacity to transport us beyond the delivery phase – taking us through a structure’s lifecycle to create a greater understanding of how early decisions impact on operational performance.

So, using BIM it is possible to develop a far more accurate image of a building’s carbon footprint. For instance, when integrated with a building’s energy model, BIM has the capacity to predict ‘real’ use in operation. Not only can it enhance design, this information can be incorporated into facilities management systems to streamline building services.

Laing O’Rourke is determined to use the momentum around BIM to effect a radical change, through which the industry becomes more integrated at every stage of delivery - from feasibility to construction to operation and, ultimately, decommissioning. It is ‘challenge and change’ at its most visionary.