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Focchi Group about BIM (Building Information Modeling)

BIM is neither a product nor software but an actual shared “building information container” in which data about every part of the building — physical and functional characteristics — are inserted since its earliest conception.
It comes from a need for creating a fluid collaboration between all disciplines (design team, main contractor and subcontractor), software interoperability, process integration and sustainability. Indeed, it is a collaborative design process as it allows the integration of all useful information into only one model in every design phase. All relevant data about the building can be extracted, exchanged or networked and everyone involved in the project can easily and effectively visualize, analyze, and communicate problems in the sequential, spatial, and temporal aspects of the construction progress.

PROS

– BIM offers more efficiency, productivity and interoperability. The whole system is designed to reduce information losses, discrepancies and costs while creating maximum information sharing and accurate control over the project. It prevents errors by enabling conflict or ‘clash detection’ whereby the computer model visually highlights to the team where parts of the building may wrongly intersect.

– BIM is a perfect facilities management database as it provides a rich description of building elements, engineering services, geometry, relationships and property capabilities.

– BIM enables for design and documentation to be done concurrently instead of serially because all work communications are created dynamically while work is processing.

– Waste can be minimized on-site and products delivered on a just-in-time basis rather than being stock-pilled on-site.

– BIM can help to increase sustainability. It allows architects and engineers to integrate and analyse environmental issues in their design over the life cycle of the building.

Our BIM projects: Libeskind Tower, Battersea Power Station Phase II, 12 New Fetter Lane, 4 Kingdom Street, 70 St. Mary Axe, 245 Hammersmith Road, 145 City Road, 100 Liverpool Street, 80 Fenchurch Street and 11 – 21 Canal Reach.