What is BIM for Landscape?
Ask the BIM Task Group
The Building Information Modelling (BIM) Task Group are supporting and helping deliver the objectives of the Government Construction Strategy. Their definition of BIM is:
Creating a virtual digital information 3D model that is rich in data that can inform the decision-making process and answer questions throughout the entire project lifecycle. It needs to be implemented in a collaborative environment.
Fundamentally BIM is about improving data exchange
BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. It’s a strategic process based on standardised data formats so that project information can be easily accessed, imported, manipulated, exported and shared with any party in the supply chain for construction projects in the UK, Europe and worldwide.
BIM incorporates data – physical, commercial, environmental & operational, on every element of a development’s design. Creating a virtual digital information model that is rich in data can inform the decision-making process and answer questions throughout the entire project lifecycle. It needs to be implemented in a collaborative environment.
Project members collaborate in a Common Data Environment using Product Data Templates/Sheets – same fields, same structure, same data elements – and speed up project delivery and efficiency.
The UK Government Construction Strategy, published by the Cabinet Office in 2011 announced that all centrally-procured contracts should be “collaborative Level 2 BIM” by 2016. This Government Strategy seeks to achieve a reduction in capital cost and the carbon burden from the construction and operation of the built environment by 20%.
Companies need to be capable of working in a fully collaborative 3D environment, enabling all of those involved in a project to work with a fully shareable information model with reduced transaction costs, increased accuracy and less opportunity for error.