Building Information Modelling (BIM)
BIM is a better way to communicate and collaborate on a project – but only if enabled correctly. Of interest to Asset Management is the ability to use models downstream for a variety of purposes such as record information and data usage/exporting. Surveyors can employ BIM very successfully in many ways that can comply with all survey requirements while also providing downstream users with an ability to track information and make changes on a project within BIM files.
As many firms now undertake more and more retrofit and renovation projects Murphy Surveys have developed a specialised 3D surveying department that works on providing clients with the best and most appropriate solution to any BIM project whether it is through 3D/2D surveying or laser scanning/reality capture means.
Murphy Surveys have been delivering 3D Building Information Modelling services for a number of years to the highest level of quality and expertise. Our bespoke data processing software and workflows will guarantee you the utmost precision and value from your investment in BIM.
BIM is a single database of information which reduces risk and errors through estimation, duplication or interpreting of data occurred previously. It is a way to manage all information on a project in a common format while allowing more collaborative design using one system of data rich models. This database is hugely beneficial to a survey project in that all kinds of information can be recorded either graphically or as data within the model and reused at any time downstream.
Through collaboration this allows clients and consultants to view survey information from laser scan capture more easily while subsequently being able to view processed models in a variety of ways through both 2D and 3D methods straight from the BIM. Changes can then be incorporated very easily to a BIM project and by different personnel at any stage with little to no extra effort.
BIM is not just a piece of software but a process. It is a way of working collaboratively with others to produce better information. To achieve the benefits of BIM everyone in the industry needs to learn to work in a fundamentally new way .
BIM is a whole new dimension.
Benefits of BIM
BIM is essentially a database of information. The ability to search, export and filter any type of information and is very valuable. It acts like a browser. Searching for the correct information and/or components is much easier than trawling through masses of drawings and specs.
BIM can be used in a multitude of ways downstream and can integrate with Computer Aided Facilities Management (CAFM) and Facility Management (FM) Systems. This works well for projects ranging from building surveys to plant/mechanical services as well as civil and infrastructure projects.
Murphy Surveys employ a variety of softwares that capture the existing situation in real time, providing an accurate starting point for the design team to begin any project. ReCap point cloud and image based 3D modelling software works seamlessly with other Autodesk products. We also use powerful Leica Cyclone software Cloudworx for Revit add ins that can assist any Revit /CAD project, while also providing a more lightweight solution to viewing point clouds in a BIM environment.
Reliable and accurate data is part of a BIM and this ability to store information, whether graphical or numerical in a database, is key to reducing risks at project execution.
Using TruView we can provide clients with the ability to view and measure rich laser scanned point clouds over the internet or other means, in full 360 panaromic viewing capabilities from inside and outside a structure as if they were actually there.
Reliable, accurate data reduces risk.
Detailed data provides better tracking and usability of survey models in BIM environments. It allows us to create custom fields within the BIM to enter information relating to any object or to comment on something that we see relevant on a project, whether it be deviations or survey methods relating to particular items. Survey information of any description can be entered and stored within a Model which then allows it to be tracked, scheduled and searched easily.
BIM heavily reduces cost associated rework, site revisits, downtime and changes in the field.
BIM databases are a single store of information instead of masses of different drawings. This provides one source of all information, and allows better collaboration and communication between party stakeholders.