Image: Copyright © Bond Bryan Architects (Nuclear Advanced Manufacturing Research Centre, Rotherham, UK)
What is BIM?
BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling or Model.
BIM is a business process, not a technology. From my experience, integrating BIM into a manufacturing workflow can improve the quality of products, reduce costs and speed up lead times.
Looking at the bigger picture, a BIM is an intelligent digital model of a building. The data within this model is generated and used during the design, construction and management of a building.
Useful Links for Manufacturers
The links below include websites or organisations which I have found useful (from a manufacturer perspective). The list will be updated as I continue to develop my knowledge on the subject so you may wish to bookmark this page.
The guys behind Bimstore introduced me to BIM so I have a lot to thank them for. Bimstore (part of Space Group) are a super team to work with, always challenging the status quo.
- NBS National BIM Library
Some of the bigger brands are starting to have content created and hosted on the NBL. The newly designed website has some useful guides and information for manufacturers.
coBuilder developed goBIM to allow manufacturers to share their data in Revit, Navisworks, ArchiCAD as well as in IFC, PDF, COBie and Excel.
BIM for Manufacturers and Manufacturing (that’s the M2 part) has recently launched a toolkit called ‘The Curve’ to support those who are considering BIM or who have started their BIM journey.
The team behind BIM4SME work hard to bring BIM to small and medium-sized organisations. What I particularly like about the group is their Case Study (‘real life’) approach to the subject.
- BIM Diary
Ben Malone of BIM.Technologies does a great job of maintaining an up-to-date calendar of BIM events across the globe here.
- BIM Show Live
The UK’s biggest annual BIM conference. The show returns in 2017. I presented as part of the Manufacture & Assemble line-up in 2014 and 2015.
My local dose of BIM – love these guys. They work so hard to put on series after series of informative events. Mega useful for manufacturers looking to understand how BIM aids the construction process.
6x 15 minute presentations and no sales pitches allowed. Some great conversations both offline and online during these events organised by Casey Rutland.
- The B1M
Free educational videos on the subject of building information modelling. Also distribute a worldwide print and digital newspaper with the latest stories and need-to-know information.
- BIM Task Group
Head to the UK Government’s BIM Task Group website for a full list of BIM4 groups, links to resources and a useful FAQ section.
- BIM Campus
A great initiative for NEET (not in education, employment or training) 19 to 24 year olds to learn workplace skills for building information modelling. Also help with job placement in the construction industry.
- Bond Bryan BIM – Rob Jackson
Rob is a BIM expert and always has something to say on the subject. He’s been a big help to me over the years and his blog has loads of useful information, check it out.
- Construction Code – Stephen Hamil
Stephen’s (NBS) blog. A regular thinkBIM presenter, Stephen and is now heading up the BIM Toolkit project for the BIM Task Group. Blogs about BIM, NBS and their development with NBL.
- There’s No BIM Like Home – Dan Rossiter
Dan Rossiter of BRE takes his work home with him – literally. Dan takes us through the BIM process using his home as the example project.