Building Information Modelling
The latest developments in computer-aided drafting have led to the advent of BIM (building information modelling). BIM has the ability to allow fully co-ordinated designs shared between design teams, with information on the building systems loaded into the same computer file used to create the drawings.
Contractors, too, can use the same model to stage and plan a building’s construction - even ordering materials to site based on the model’s in-built quantities and programming. We adopted market-leading BIM software for the production of drawings and co-ordination of services in eCubed’s early years, and continue to trial the latest analysis tools today.
The coordination of duct and pipe runs, within a structure’s architectural features, necessitates representation of the building in full 3D form. This gives us the ability to identify potential clashes during the design stage, before the project is underway on site.
Throughout the design of a new building, or with an accurate model of an existing one, the use of software tools allow the comparison of different design options in terms of thermal comfort, energy efficiency, lighting and CFD (computational fluid dynamics). Studies can be carried out to solve particular design questions, or large-scale design assessments.