How we use BIM: Models for effective washroom designs

As industry-leading installers of washrooms and cubicles in a wide range of settings, we make use of building information modelling, or BIM, for effective computer-aided design. The advent of BIM gives us a way of creating accurate 3D and 4D models of washrooms, that makes planning and installing cubicle systems more efficient, cost-effective and reliable. In BIM a 4D model incorporates time and scheduling, which is the fourth ‘dimension’ and is something of a misnomer.

We pride ourselves on offering fast turnarounds for clients and promise to beat any price while using only the best products on the market. To help us with this we make use of BIM modelling software and programmes to accurately visualise all the data points of a construction project, with a high degree of accuracy.

To demonstrate the abilities we have in providing innovative cubicle systems we will explain some of the details behind BIM and illustrate the benefits it provides to a project. If you have a cubicle or washroom installation to complete please feel free to contact us for a better idea on estimates and our rates.

 

View our selection of BIM models below

 

Benefits of BIM: Modelling for washrooms and cubicles

BIM is a way to keep all the data of a project in one place, with every aspect of the construction within it in an easy to access format. It works essentially the same way as a standard computer file, but it requires specialist modelling programmes to read and access the information.

To create a model, which you can also refer to as a BIM, a modeller will use sophisticated software that is capable of storing and visualising all of the details of the construction, often in a 3D version. This file is free to access on a shared server by all relevant parties during the construction process.

The advantages of using BIM in our design and installation projects include the following:

  • Lower costs: The primary benefit is more streamlined costs. With all the information in one place, any changes or developments are visible to everyone in real-time – meaning they are aware of what is necessary in terms of materials and specifications. This lowers the risk of mistakes in the supply chain and any need to reassess technical requirements.
  • Better communication: The architectural and construction process can lead to silos forming, where departments do not effectively collaborate. Using BIM it is possible to join all aspects of a project together so that they communicate better, which then lowers the risk of discrepancies within the needs of each department. This is especially important for large commercial buildings.
  • Faster construction: An advantage of better collaboration is greater efficiency, which again lowers costs furthers. There is no need to wait around for answers in a construction project as all the information is visible in a centralised location. Efficiency eases the strain of project management and keeps construction rates high at all times during the process.

There are a lot of pitfalls when it comes to buildings and architecture, many of which cause financial damage to a project that can reduce the feasibility of construction in the first place. BIM reduces the margin of error and allows for a reduction in waste or other avoidable costs.

Our services see us install a range of washrooms and cubicles for many commercial, educational and public spaces. Downtime in such settings is crippling on the effectiveness of the area, and there is a substantial cost to this in commercial settings. By using BIM we keep this to a minimum.

With BIM you also contribute to a more environmentally-friendly construction project. You will have a time saving, a cost-saving and an energy-saving all wrapped into one – so BIM is certainly a worthwhile undertaking.

Benefits of BIM: Models for creating better washrooms

We use the best software and the latest modelling programmes for accurate and precise washroom and cubicle installations. Our fast turnaround times will allow for a quick resumption of normal operations in any setting.

Using expert modellers and designers with full certifications and up to date skills, our BIM capabilities enable us to provide the best cost-estimates possible for a project, which always use the best products and materials. Contact us today for a quote.


FAQs and useful information

The following are some common questions and useful information on BIM and the services we provide:

What is the purpose of BIM?

BIM is all about the creation and management of information or data. It needs to be accessible in an appropriate format and available at the correct point in the design and construction process. It is a tool for assisting the choices made during a project, providing easy to access data points for greater accuracy and efficiency. While a BIM model can have a visual component, it is still a model for construction with crucial data and information – it is not used for illustrative purposes.

How do you make a BIM model?

To make a BIM you have to source all the information of a project and collate it into one place using computer programmes that visualise many data sets. It takes a great deal of expertise as creating such models requires powerful software and considerable knowledge to navigate. It is a collaborative approach, with many departments contributing, and the overall management of larger or complex BIMs may require teams of people.

When was BIM introduced?

The concept of BIM is as old as the earliest computers, but roughly the 1970s in the UK. The development of BIM incorporates a range of computer-assisted design, or CAD, standards for an easily readable and viewable model across a range of technical specifications.

Is BIM mandatory?

The UK government has mandated the use of BIM in government-funded buildings since 2016. The key to the appeal is the reduction of waste and the increase in efficiency for a project, both of which reduce costs. The fundamental desire to reduce the unnecessary expenditure of public funds makes the political case for BIM very strong. It is not a mandatory requirement for private projects, but it is a prudent choice so many private building projects will make use of BIM.

What types of BIM are there?

A common type of BIM is a 3D BIM, however there are 4D BIMs, 5D BIMs and 6D BIMs too – each adding various extra layers of detail and information. Though the word ‘dimension’ is used in these names, there is not a correlation with dimensions in any visual or spatial sense. 4D is essentially a 3D BIM that includes time information, 5D adds cost information and 6D adds all the information throughout the projects lifecycle – meaning it is only deliverable after construction is complete.

Are there any further reading suggestions and resources for BIM?

Yes. BIM is a large and complex process so there are many resources, training options and certifications available for people in such a career path. One good resource is the NBS National BIM Library.

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