Modelling for construction, not for drawings

Building Information Modellinggives the opportunity for project teams to create accurate, data-rich and ultimately buildable models that can be used to determine greater building efficiency, not just in terms of time and money but also for the whole life cost of the asset. Problems can be resolved in the model space to eliminate the issue of costly errors or re-working on site. Fabrication level detailing allows ‘as-will-be-built’ models to be created and then shared with all the project parties.

If the question is "What is BIM?", buildability should be a fundamental part of the answer. At Tekla, buildability is the foundation of BIM software. We produce our software to meet the needs of the industry, and concentrating on the “I” in BIM - the more information a model includes, the more beneficial it is to all project parties.

Everyday buildability

Buildability is a practical, everyday issue for construction teams. Because construction is a process the software should support the whole workflow including any requirements for change management. Equally, as buildings comprise of several materials, software should be able to handle the same.

The creation of ‘as-will-be-built’ models allow the industry to make informed decisions early in the process. Tekla Structures is made for creating, combining and distributing highly detailed, accurate and information-rich structural models using any material. Through this, project teams can create best value solutions, manage changes, avoid errors, find clashes and produce better quality schemes with less waste.

Bigger, better, cheaper, faster – now

Current trends in construction promote buildability but equally there is a move towards increasingly complicated architecture. This requires designers and builders to find ever more innovative solutions, and then realise these. The need to deliver these schemes safely and successfully places more pressure on the design and preconstruction teams to resolve issues earlier in the design phase. Building with models allows these concerns to be addressed accurately and transparently.

Cost pressures are ever present. By using models, buildings can be checked to confirm that they can be delivered cheaper, better and faster. Processes can be planned and scheduled and potential issues in the design phase detected well before starting construction. This removes the need, and risk, associated with ad-hoc problem solving on site.

Off-site building is another trend that makes accurate information crucial. It is gaining ground as the industry heads towards savings and a higher level of automation. Ever larger units, such as steel-roof assemblies and factory-built bathrooms, arrive prefabricated to the construction site to be installed just on time. Naturally every such item needs to fit exactly and be manufactured to the overall construction programme. This is another process where accurate, 'as-will-be built', up-to-date information that can be easily found needs to be available – sounds like building with models.  

bim - marble mosaic - improving processes, reducing costs

Given existing market conditions and the highly competitive nature of the construction industry at the moment, we felt that now was the best time to implement BIM software into our business. By doing so we are confident of improving our processes across the board from sales right through to delivery and installation of units on site and ultimately reduce costs and waste, be it in terms of time, effort or materials, throughout our workflow. This can only better enable us to maximise our competitiveness and therefore order intake.
Dennis Vittle
Director
The Marble Mosaic Company Ltd