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Using BIM Processes for Carbon Analysis

For us to truly understand the ways that the construction industry is affecting the environment, we must analyse the data we gather as precisely as possible. Yes, you already know, the best way to gather data is through using BIM processes! Analysing the carbon impact from every material and process used can help us to […]

Digital Twins, Simplified

What are digital twins and why do we need them?  There’s no doubt that digital twins have been an innovative technical development in the construction world. With their endless ability, the way that we design, construct, and manage buildings have been completely enhanced. Digital twins are a necessity for helping contractors, developers, engineers, owners and […]

Backfill BIM

In 2022, BIM should be more coherent in the real estate industry than it currently is. BIM is gradually being adopted on new construction projects but what about buildings in use that aren’t BIM enabled? Consultants like AIMIS are providing a ‘Backfill BIM’ service to building owners and asset managers who want to learn how […]

BIM is a standard, a way of working, not a task

BIM is about DATA. The collection of data and the ability to store and share that data easily. Some construction project data comes in the form of models but also in many other forms. A planning application document is data. A building product spec sheet is data. A labourer’s timesheet is data. The most important […]

What will be the driving force behind a digitally built Britain

The first target date for BIM being a mandatory requirement was back in 2016. What’s so frustrating is the misconception carried across the industry, by those who aren’t fully aware of what it means to be working ‘to BIM’. This is probably due to the way in which the first iteration of a standard was […]

Why data is the construction industry’s answer to climate change

Over the last two decades, built environment emissions have reduced by 30%. However, the vast majority of this can be attributed to a reduction in operational emissions rather than the improvement of energy efficiency in our buildings. We know that newer buildings are more energy efficient and the past 10 years has seen a gear […]

Robots and blockchain BIM feature on social housing framework

Suppliers for the Social Housing Emerging Disruptors (SHED) framework have been specifically selected for their future-thinking ways of working with technology to create greater efficiency, safety and sustainability for tenants. There are 18 innovations on the framework including: Q-Bot underfloor insulation-spraying robot; Bimdl, a blockchain-backed building information modelling (BIM) solution; Power Circle Projects, which provides […]

Digital twins: Taking construction to the next level

In the past few years, the term digital twin has very much been something new for many in the construction industry but across other industries, the term has been used for some time. The beginning of the term digital twin was coined as far back as the 1990s, where work was undertaken at Yale University […]

Lonely BIM: Adoption, engagement and Better Information Management

BIM requires people to change the way they do things and, as with any change, there needs to be a tangible business driver for it to be sustainable. The adoption of BIM within housing has suffered from the perception that it is a technology, largely one around 3D modelling, so other people in the businesses engaged in […]

Construction projects: Accurate, standardised and robust data

Many organisations are beginning to win the war on data governance, with mature data structures, well-defined libraries and efficient, accessible digital systems in place for data submission. Yet, the battle to obtain accurate data from the supply chain persists. Focus on this weak point is essential if industry is to truly embed data-driven practices. Historically, […]