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Oxford Architects Explain Building Information Modelling

25 Mar '19

Oxford Architects explain BIM

Thinking of taking on an architectural project of your own? Or perhaps you are in the early stages of the design process but are a little overwhelmed and unfamiliar with the terms? Our Oxford architects are always on hand to guide you through all the various design stages, helping you to understand the task in full. One of the most important factors in the early stages of any build is that our clients understand the concept, and many are confused by terms such as BIM, or Building Information Modelling. Today, let us focus on BIM, enabling you to get to know this important part of the design phase.

Building Information Modelling or BIM is a process used not only in residential architecture but in the design stages of all major engineering and building projects, from roads to railways, and also from pipes to commercial infrastructures. BIM is not a new concept, with Building Models first being referred to back in the 80s and Building Information Modelling mentioned in papers as far back as the early 90s. In short BIM refers to the use of software to create a visual representation of a design which can easily be shared between contractors and clients, helping to support decision making and enable changes to a design to be made with ease.

Traditionally, technical drawings were all two-dimensional; the stereotypical image of an architect with his rolled up blue prints often comes to mind. BIM has allowed designs to be brought to life as three-dimensional interactive models on screen, enabling clients to view the project as a finished vision. The software considers depth, width and height, permitting complete spatial awareness. Not only does the software help to recreate a client’s dream, it aids in other aspects too, noting geographical information, light awareness and quantities of building materials required. This in turn, enables contractors to more accurately determine the costs and timescales involved throughout the build. Whilst the ins and outs of using BIM can be more complex, our Oxford architects are incredibly skilled with the technology. When you approach them with a vision, they will take the time to listen to your ideas and needs, create stunning architectural design from these thoughts, then transfer them to ArchiCAD, the BIM technology we use at William Green Architects, enabling you to visualise your dream, long before construction is complete.

Why not approach our Oxford architects with your architectural ideas and see them transformed with the use of Building Information Modelling? Contact us here to discuss further.