Benefits of BIM explored

An in-depth look at the practicalities of BIM took place in Dubai at the Ritz Carlton Hotel today (Monday).

The third BIM Breakfast saw the focus placed on how architects and designers can apply the technology in the workplace.

Elizabeth Peters of Aecom was one of the speakers at the event and held a roundtable focusing on the challenges and opportunities BIM gives to clients.

She said: “These events need to have a balance – they cannot be too technical as new people are coming along trying to learn about how to apply the technology. But at the same time there is no need to continue to emphasise how great it all is – the ‘BIM wash’. I think everyone now realises that.”

Nikolaos Dimos, senior project engineer of Consolidated Contractors Company, spoke about the Midfield Terminal Building at Abu Dhabi Airport and emphasised how BIM can be used to co-ordinate design.

But he said procedures need to be established across the industry in order to obtain the best usage.

“BIM is not just about 3d design – it is a philosophy which brings together all parts of the design and build business. It is a way that everyone from architect to client to contractor to end user can communicate and collaborate throughout the duration of a project.”