Does Integrated Design work with BIM?

Integrated Design works very well with Building Information Modelling (BIM) as the process for Integrated Design encourages close collaboration between the client and core design team, which is a driver for projects using BIM.

Typical considerations for projects using BIM and ID will be what ‘level’ of BIM is being used, and when it will be adopted in the project programme. ID does not have any requirements in either regard, and can be run on any ‘level’ of BIM from any stage of the project. However, using higher ‘levels’ of BIM and from an early stage of the project is likely to make the collaborative design processes easier and may reduce the number of workshops that are required. Use of the higher ‘levels’ of BIM early in the concept design stage will allow quicker and more accurate energy modelling of the multiple concept designs, especially as software tools become increasingly available for this specific task.

For those unfamiliar with BIM, it is essentially about coordinated design information across the different construction disciplines and for the duration of the building’s life. Commonly mistaken for simple 3D Computer Aided Design, ‘level 2’ BIM would typically provide information about products and materials within a BIM dataset that can also be used to generate plans, elevations and 3D views. Higher versions of ‘level 2’ BIM, which are currently the leading edge of the construction industry, could also include cost and programme information, and be shared widely across the design, construction and facilities management team. ‘Level 3’ BIM takes these further, potentially using the same shared BIM dataset to link to product suppliers information, real-time cost and programme information and live Building Management System data.