Building Information Modelling

The latest developments in computer-aided drafting have led to the advent of BIM (building information modelling). BIM has the ability to allow fully co-ordinated designs shared between design teams, with information on the building systems loaded into the same computer file used to create the drawings.

Eventually, contractors too will use the same model to stage and plan a building’s construction, even ordering materials to site based on the model’s in-built quantities and programming. While that may not be reality yet we have been quick to adopt the market-leading BIM software for the production of drawings and co-ordination of services, and continue to trial the latest analysis tools.

3D Modelling

The coordination of duct and pipe runs with structure and architectural features necessitates the need to represent the building in full 3D form. This gives us the ability to identify potential clashes during the design stage, before the project gets to site.

3D Analysis

Throughout the design of a new building, or with an accurate model of an existing one, the use of software tools allow the comparison of different design options in terms of thermal comfort, energy efficiency, lighting and CFD (computational fluid dynamics). Studies can be carried out to solve particular design questions, or large-scale design assessments.