The building industry is undergoing transformation change in the way design and documentation is developed, analysed and used. Building Information Management (BIM) not only involves the generation of drawings but the integration of almost all facets of design and analysis, co-ordination of consultant disciplines, construction planning and management and end user interface.



What is Building Information Modelling?


BIM has been described as a process driven, integrated digital prototype of infrastructure, structures and building fabric, created in a virtual environment before it is built. A BIM model could be considered an assembled kit of parts, created and integrated into a single entity that can then be checked, verified, examined, quantified, chopped and diced then put back together, all in an effort to reduce errors and maintain design clarity and efficiency.


Our BIM Process

Paterson Architects have a dedicated BIM manager, formerly in a similar role with a major international practice.


We have adopted REVIT as our preferred software, generally recognised in Australia as the standard. REVIT allows us to design and document at the various levels of complexity from concept to completion, and to interface with photo realistic and video quality software. It also either contains or can interface with analytic tools for assessment and visual representation of a large variety of sustainable initiatives or produce 3d printable models.



Impacts of BIM


BIM has now evolved influencing how we introduce our clients to concept designs, how we integrate and coordinate our efforts with those of our consultants and how we involve contractors earlier in the design and documentation process. Developing relationships with consultants towards an integrated sustainable design model allows early adaptation of key design decisions. We can begin to understanding the critical impact of design on peoples use of buildings and places, the open spaces between building and using analytical tools, gain accreditation against a number of building code and national and international sustainability and performance ratings.