BIM, or Building Information Modelling, in its simplest term is ‘the creation, collation, and exchange of 3D models and intelligent structured data’.

It offers enormous gains in saving in cost and time, much greater accuracy in estimation, and the avoidance of error, alterations, and re-work due to information loss.

BIM Background

The UK Government wants all publicly-funded buildings to comply to Level 2 BIM to enable it to be at the forefront of the world’s construction industry.

BIM is just one aspect of the overarching strategy towards a more sustainable future which represents a massive savings potential as 80% of the total life costs of a building are operational costs.

How can BIM help the industry?

The focus is on manufacturers and all involved in the specification process to share information in a common format, making it easier to compare products and then merge them into a single central file.

The Governments view is that BIM is an important enabling element of the Construction Strategy 2011 and will provide the information foundation for the work of integrated teams driving value in, and cost out of the design and construction process.

The future of BIM

The objective of the Construction Strategy 2011 is to accelerate the adoption of BIM throughout the UK construction supply chain. The requirements from April 2016 were for all centrally procured Government projects to be a fully collaborative 3D BIM with all project and asset information, documentation, and data, being digital.

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Active BIM Objects

Calmag has launched its main product range, the Electromag, to the BIM Object library to support the industry’s transition to BIM.

Offered through the NBS portfolio, users can be confident each file has been quality checked by the NBS team, catalogued in line with the NBS and has a product structure designed to work seamlessly with the BIM specification tool NBS create. Each BIM Object includes embedded product information and associated data to support the specification.

They are available free from the NBS National BIM library here.