We have adopted BIM as a firm-wide policy from the initial concept stage through to project completion, utilising the latest in industry software.
All BIM information related to a project is fully integrated and managed across the design team in the 3D environment utilising BIM level 2 as a minimum standard.
Our policy is implemented on a project specific basis to provide a tailor made service to each individual client. We are committed to ensuring coordination of BIM information across the design team and can provide such a service in addition to our initial appointment. Fairhurst have seen significant project savings and benefits though the implementation of BIM.
The fully coordinated model provides real time construction issues at the initial design stage that can be identified, addressed and overcome thus saving time and cost further into a project. The 3D environment allows for clash detection across disciplines at a very early stage ensuring clean, easy installation of structural elements, services and fit out with the prior knowledge and confidence that all will come together problem free, eradicating site modifications and constructability issues.
The key benefits of adopting BIM are:
Well organised BIM coordination identify constructability issues all through the pre-construction stage – fix errors in design, avoid loops of clashes, coordinate perfectly structural, architectural and MEP issues in building design, reorganise the construction process and drastically reduce wastages. It allows system installation with zero conflict minimising site installation issues. It also saves time and material/labour costs for better trade coordination and work flow.
Model walkthroughs provide a great visualisation tool enabling designers and contractors to work together to identify and resolve problems with the help of the model before walking on-site
Clash detection is a significant benefit using the BIM process. Traditionally design drawings must be coordinated to ensure that different building systems do not clash and can actually be constructed in the allowable space. Typically most clashes are identified when the contractor receives the design drawings and everyone is on-site and working. With clashes being detected so late, delay is caused and decisions need to be made very quickly in order to provide a solution. BIM enables potential problems to be identified early in the design phase and resolved before construction begins.
Project visualisation is a simple schedule simulation that can be used to show the owner what the building will look like as construction progresses. Contractors can also use the project visualisation to understand how the building will come together.