Recent advances in digital collaboration technologies and practices are the most exciting development in building design since computer aided design (CAD) and represent a step change in the way design teams can work and collaborate to produce a better product. They create the potential to create buildings which are more efficient and aligned to client need whilst making use of all available space. At the same time these technologies and practices facilitate more interactive design and enable the creation of digital platforms which can be used during construction, handover and ongoing operation easing first occupation and use of new (and sometimes refurbished) buildings.
Central to these approaches is Building Information Modelling (BIM). We have an extensive track record of successfully delivering projects in BIM an see it as an integral tool in facilitating collaborative design within the context of increasingly complex built environment projects. Utilising BIM helps the design team to improve coordination, reduce risk and provide improved data rich information at all stages of the project. The coordination of the model between different design team members enables all to gain a greater appreciation of the requirements of all disciplines during design, significantly improving collaboration and ultimately improving the delivery and quality of our designs.
Working in a BIM environment forms a key part of our delivery model, allowing us to design in the model to optimise plant and riser space, identify, develop and maximise opportunities for prefabrication or modular construction. It also allows improved design team coordination, reduced project risk and improved programme certainty while increasing confidence throughout the design and construction phase.