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The Effects Of BIM On Flooring

A potential revolution in the flooring field that will affect the specification of London flooring is ahead of us. The UK is a leader in the development of business information modelling (BIM) – London flooring experts say that traditional building design was relying on two dimensional technical drawings. Yet they have been replaced by computer aided design. As BIM is constantly developing, new dimensions to the basic geometric data of width, height and depth have been added. This technology is essential to the design of intelligent green buildings in a way that comprises their full life, including associated costs and impacts of running the buildings. The major concept concerns building designs that are a combination of BIM objects that may include void spaces and solid shapes or specific product physical and geometry data. BIM software allows to change related objects in a way in which when amended they will change in relation to each other. London flooring specialists explain that if a floor surface type is being changed this will translate in changing to the appropriate subfloor material and construction. In this way everything will be enabled to be estimated automatically including costs for ordering and material tracking. This virtual model can be developed and handed from the design team to the main London flooring contractor and then on the owner of this building without any difficulties. This will help each of the professionals to easily cooperate with the others. There are different levels of BIM and below we will discuss them.

  • Level 0 – it describes BIM produced by 2D CAD drafting only and where information is disseminated by electronic prints or paper.
  • Level 1 – it describes BIM achieved by 3D CAD. A shared data environment is available from single source by each of areas that are engaged in the project.
  • Level 2 – construction professionals including London flooring experts might use their own 3D models and not necessarily work on a single-shared model. Design information is shared through a common file format.
  • Level 3 – this model is expected to be ready by 2025. It represents full collaborates on a single-shared model. A central file is accessible by all the parties involved in the project for its lifecycle. Facility management information for the project lifecycle will be enabled by web services.

Meanwhile the BIM development continues. Another terminology that is commonly used is BIM dimensions. They are defined in the following way:

  • 3D BIM – it provides a visualisation tool that enables London flooring contractors and designers to work together with the help of the model. Problems can be easily identified and solved in this way.
  • 4D BIM – it includes 3D BIM and adds the planning of the workflow – scheduling, planning and management. Advanced models will be able to identify automatically the changes and indicate what will be the impact on the project.
  • 5D BIM – this is 4D plus the cost and requirements of the project construction. This will allow London flooring contractors to easily estimate the costs and quantities needed for the project.

6D and 7D BIM are discussed as the constant development of the industry requires it. This digital automation will allow the projects to happen faster, more precisely and every party included in it will be greatly facilitated. BIM will definitely play a vital role in building design and documentation. However, London flooring experts tell that just like any other new technology, the industry will slowly adapt to this change.

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