Building Information Modelling (BIM) at GCU

GCU BIM is a centre of excellence with the aim of facilitating the construction industry's uptake of Level 2 BIM and accelerating the progression to Level 3, a fully integrated and collaborative process utlising 4D construction sequencing and advanced cost information and project lifecycle management information.    

The Cabinet Office announced the Government’s new Construction Strategy on 31 May 2011. The report announced the Government's intention to require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) on its projects by 2016. 

This has generated a lot of interest in BIM within the construction industry, however, the industry appears to be struggling to find its feet as to what it needs to have in place before BIM based projects become a mainstream reality.

About Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Saltire Centre using BIM  Building Information Modelling (BIM) uses software to create a model of a building and is designed to make an integrated and collaborative approach to construction possible.

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a managed approach to the collection and exploitation of information across a project. At its heart is a computer-generated model containing all graphical and tabular information about the design, construction and operation of the asset.

At Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) experts are, in partnership with our industry clients and standard setting organisations, developing knowledge on the implementation of BIM practices.

There are various prerequisites that need to be in place, mostly in relation to process protocols and standards, before the UK Government’s ambitions for achieving the productivity and other improvements through BIM can be achieved.

One of the key factors in achieving successful supply-chain integration in the construction sector is the accuracy, effective flow and intelligent use of information which BIM will encourage.