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Building Information Modelling: an introduction for house builders

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Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a process for managing the information produced during a construction project, from the earliest feasibility stages right through design, construction, operation and finally demolition.

Although the awareness of BIM is starting to spread through the construction industry, driven in some part by the UK Government’s mandating its use on all of their construction projects by 2016, it has yet to make an impact on the house-building sector. Many involved in the sector are not aware of it, and most of those who have engaged with it so far don’t see how it can benefit them in their daily work.

This report explains what BIM is, assesses the house-building industry’s current engagement of BIM, and looks at ways in which it might make the most of the opportunities BIM presents.

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