Brighton, United Kingdom, November 25, 2016 --(PR.com
)-- Sustainability and efficiency are two of the most important buzzwords of our times. With global warming threatening to change the planet's climate, it is becoming necessary to ensure that all industries do their bit. The construction industry to has been given an ultimatum to this end in the UK.
Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is a multi-phased programme initiated by the UK government to encourage building companies to "go green." While the efficiency that BIM implementation will bring to projects is going to help companies reduce their carbon footprint, it will also help drastically in savings and cost reduction.
Any company looking to procure public sector projects need to be phase 3 BIM compliant. An important question here would be how a company could go about achieving BIM compliance. The simplest way is through a construction software programme that has been developed with BIM principles in mind.
One such software is BuilderStorm. BuilderStorm comes with modules and systems already in place for perfect BIM principles implementation. Mr James Sandwick, co-founder and IT expert, explains, “The government has laid down some very clear guidelines for BIM. We just ensured that they are followed with BuilderStorm.”
1) Pre-planning for efficiency: One of the first requirements of the BIM guidelines is pre-planning a project. A plan that has been carefully thought out on paper has fewer chances of having problems half-way through. “BuilderStorm has a very powerful design tool that allows architects and designers to create ideas and test them out virtually,” says Mr Sandwick.
“This is a great way to find out flaws in the design or implementation plans. It also helps building companies figure out the materials required and engineering requirements,” he says.
With a clear plan and material requirements in hand, it is easier to move ahead with minimal delays. Materials can be ordered as and when needed, which is another thing the software is capable of doing.
Since there is a clear plan of what material might be used when it is possible to order when the need arises. This reduces warehousing and storage costs.
2) Better management of public facilities: “Having a construction project going on in your neighbourhood can be quite disruptive,” says Mr Sandwick. “There might be trucks coming in all day and sometimes at night. Not only is there noise, but also traffic snags because of the extra inflow.”
Having a software programme like BuilderStorm allows better planning of deliveries and machinery movement. This can be especially important in construction projects that are happening close by to hospitals and schools where noise can be a problem.
3) Paperless projects: “It's no secret that construction projects use a lot of paper. Starting from designs and plans and ending with receipts and memos, the paper trail is miles long,” says Mr Sandwick.
BIM principles have taken that into account. “By digitising processes and using virtual documents, a company can save a lot of money and save trees in the process,” Mr Sandwick explains. “This is why BuilderStorm offers cloud storage to all our clients.”
Cloud storage is helpful in reducing paper consumption in a company. It also helps in easier access to the project documents. Having the project assets uploaded on an online storage facility means they can be accessed from anywhere.
However, the big question is whether the cost and training required are worth the effort. “It is quite understandable for a company to be concerned about spending money on technology they are not used to,” agrees Mr Sandwick, “but it is absolutely worth it.”
“The fact remains that BIM compliance is now necessary. BuilderStorm is a very competitively priced way to achieving it and is intuitive and easy to use. We are stepping into the future of construction, and BuilderStorm will help you get there,” he concludes.
BuilderStorm construction software is a product of UK-based construction expert, David Lawrence, and IT guru, James Sandwick. This software is rapidly becoming the most popular construction software in the market because of its usability and transparent pricing. The fact that it is BIM compliant gives it that extra edge in a market where government regulations are encouraging companies to follow BIM principles.