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How to Use BIM Most Effectively

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is a system used to create and manage information throughout the lifecycle of a construction project. One of the most important products from BIM is the Building Information Model – this is the digital description of all aspects of the built asset. But how can businesses most effectively use BIM and the information that it creates?

Changing face of construction

The widespread use of BIM has allowed the construction industry and related trades to undergo their own digital revolution. One of the big factors with BIM is that it’s highly collaborative approach allows all team members to be working with a united approach. BIM allows the combined efforts of people with processes and technology to improve efficiency, safety and allow projects to adhere to plans and budgets.
Because BIM brings together all the information about every component that will be included in a building, it is therefore simple for everyone on the project to access that information. This allows for a more integrated design and also makes it easier to collaborate with specialists from different areas of construction to create a unified result.

Understand BIM objects

One of the key parts of BIM is the BIM objects and understanding them is important to using the process most effectively. A BIM object is a combination of a number of things and can be either generic or specific. There are two primary types of objects – component and layered. Components are fixed geometric shapes such as windows or doors while layered objects can be things like carpets, walls and roofing.

A generic object, sometimes known as a library object, are often used as placeholders during the initial design phase. So, if you were constructing a warehouse, generic objects would be used to indicate where things would be located but without any details.

These should then be replaced with specific objects as the details of the design takes shape – these include specific information and are often known as manufacturer objects. For example, the Armourguard C1 Roller Shutter at the front of the building would include specific information about the side, operating system and other product information from HAG.

Implementing the BIM plan

For the most success with the use of BIM for your project, it is important to use an implementation plan. You might also want to look at other software you are using to see if it is compatible with BIM and if it helps with the process or is slowing it down.
The BIM Implement plan or execution plan is where the plan prepared by suppliers explains how the information modelling aspect of the project will take place. It is developed both before and after the contract and as a direct response to Employer’s Information Requirements (EIR).
It will include the project deliverables stipulated in the contract and what information is required for the BIM protocol such as the CIC BIM Protocol. Usually, a prospective supplier will develop a plan to show their approach, capacity and competence. Once the contract is awarded, this will then be re-submitted to confirm supply chain capabilities.


A range of our products are included in the NBS library so your designs can be finished with our security roller shutters, fire curtains and shutters to your desired specifications. If you’d like to find out more about utilising HAG’s products in the BIM library, then please reach out to the HAG team who can assist.
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