Within the construction industry there is an initiative for all building companies to start using BIM (Building Information Modelling) in their projects. In the UK the move is being driven by the government, who called for BIM to be used on all government-funded construction projects costing over £5 million. The hope is that by using BIM, construction projects can be viewed as 2D and 3D models and problems can be identified and fixed on these models rather than on-site, resulting in construction work being completed faster and within budget.
One of the issues of using BIM is that you need to give everyone involved with the construction project – from the builders and plasterers to the architect, designer and electrician – access to the models. Only when all involved parties can see the models for themselves can problems and snags be detected and resolved. So how do you achieve this when your contractors may be out working in the field or on other projects, scattered across the country or even the world?
The solution is to integrate SMART Boards into your business. One of the benefits of using BIM with SMART Boards is that you don’t need everyone to be in the same room to join in the discussion. Contractors can join the meeting from their desktop or laptop computer, from another SMART Board or mobile Podium device, or even from their iPad. By giving everyone instant access to the BIM models without requiring their attendance at a meeting, you speed up the process and save valuable time and money.
Another of the benefits of using BIM with SMART Boards is that the SMART Ink tools let you write directly over your BIM models. If you spot an issue you can write or draw on the model, highlighting snags or pointing out areas of concern. The entire meeting can be recorded, complete with your additional notes and diagrams, and then distributed to everyone so you know the building team are all working from the same plans.
Finally, by using BIM with SMART Boards you’re not restricted by space in any way. Rather than viewing the models on a small screen you can display them on your large SMART Board. You can zoom in to see every detail, or manipulate objects so you can see a 3D model from any angle, simply by using finger gestures on the Board. You can have multiple BIM models open at one time and even open and use other content, such as AutoCAD images, websites, spreadsheets and videos, directly on the SMART Board, and of course everything you view on the display is recorded for future reference, along with any annotations you make.
To find out more about the benefits of using BIM with SMART Boards, call us today on 0118 336 0010. We would be delighted to demonstrate the technology to you and help you find the right option for your business.