Often physical and functional essence of any construction project needs to be represented digitally, in a 3D model format.

At Eco Offsite we use the latest in 3D software when designing our modular structures and understand the importance BIM is bringing to the industry as a whole.

BIM or Building Information Modelling is a process for creating and managing information on a construction project across the project lifecycle. One of the key outputs of this process is the Building Information Model, the digital description of every aspect of the built asset. This model draws on information assembled collaboratively and is updated at key stages of a project. Creating a digital BIM enables those who interact with the building to share the information in order to optimise their actions, resulting in a greater whole life value for the asset. The various disciplines are designed separately and then added to the model, thus ensuring all details work together and most conflicts and potential clashes are identified at the design stage.

A BIM object is a combination of many things:
• Information content that defines a product
• Product properties, such as thermal performance
• Geometry representing the product’s physical characteristics
• Visualization data giving the object a recognisable appearance
• Functional data, such as detection zones, that enables the object to be positioned and behave in the same manner as the product itself.

Our dedicated design team use 3D software to great effect on projects of all sizes, shapes and complexities, ensuring our clients appreciate the look of the building prior to manufacture. This allows for ease of understanding of how the building will function for its end users. The added benefits are that this model can also then produce an array of information which can be issued to the wider team.

A particularly useful aspect of the model is the ability to create a virtual walk through of the building or project, which allows us to define a path through, around or even over the building. By setting a time duration, a pathway route and an angle we can then provide the client not only with drawings but also an animated visualization as if they were walking through the building. This was particularly useful on the Audrey Street project where the client wanted to understand the ‘flow’ between classrooms and science rooms.