31st May 2017
If you are in the architecture, engineering and construction industry you are sure to have come across the term BIM by now.
For those of you who have not yet heard of the term, BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modelling, or Building Information Model. It describes the process of designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer models rather than as separate sets of drawings.
In the UK, NBS National BIM Library surveyed the construction industry at the end of 2010 and nearly half of respondents were not aware of BIM.
However, later in the survey, it emerged that those that were aware of BIM were making steps to adopt it on projects in the near future. 25% of those aware of BIM said they would adopt it on the majority of their projects within a year. 50% of those aware of BIM said they would adopt it on the majority of their projects within three years.
According to NBS, through BIM, the UK Construction industry has undergone its very own digital revolution. BIM is a way of working. BIM is information modelling and information management in a team environment, all team members should be working to the same standards as one another. BIM creates value from the combined efforts of people, process and technology.
Since 2016 it is essential that on government procured building projects, collaborative 3D BIM must be used.
BIM will bring all the components of a building into one place, making it easier for each stakeholder to access the information. By utilising BIM everyone involved in the project is sharing the same information, working more effectively together and avoiding the risks associated with working separately on a project. With risks of mistakes being reduced or avoided completely, costs are minimised.
Recently, we spoke with one of our clients in the construction industry who explained one of the ways in which they use Montage Wireless Presentation is to help them collaborate when designing a building.
This client, one of the largest construction companies in the UK, has seen a reduction in the need to travel to face to face meetings by using Montage wireless presentation in their boardroom.
Before the introduction of Montage, the team worked effectively and collaboratively on projects, using BIM, but found themselves needing to sit together, share the screens manually by physically showing their devices to each other and bring everyone together from other locations to join ‘weekly board meetings’ in their head office.
This meant that one or two members of staff, along with external consultants, such as architects, spent a huge part of their day travelling to the Head Office from regional locations. The costs in terms or time spent as well as travel costs were justified for huge projects but started to become tiresome due to the frequency of these meetings.
With the use of a Large Format Interactive Touch Display combined with the Montage wireless presentation system in their boardroom, team members have totally changed how they view, create, collaborate on and share digital content in real time.
While local staff members physically come together to view and collaborate on projects, regional staff members can present content and communicate at the same time via video chat and voice capabilities. They are IN THE MEETING without physically travelling to the meeting room.
With the annotation capabilities of Montage, team members can write and annotate over documents together and save and send these to each meeting participant during the meeting.
With BIM, visualisation and analysis tools, like a wireless presentation system can greatly increase collaboration, clarity and help key stakeholders to perform virtual walk-throughs, see modifications over timelines, better understand the project and address any issues that may arise along the way.
They give forward thinking organisations the power to review content and solve problems in real time with all team members being present, regardless of whether they are in the meeting room or remotely connected.
Interested in finding our more about Montage wireless presentation for your construction company? Book a demo today.
You may be thinking about adding a Wireless Presentation System to your meeting rooms? Here are a few questions that may be worth asking:
Read our blog post on Deploying Wireless Presentation Systems for further guidance.
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