To paraphrase the former Chief Construction Advisor to the UK Government, Paul Morrell, BIM is an opportunity for the construction industry to get its data in order. Of course BIM is a lot more than that, and the ability to create models of building and landscape projects in the virtual world prior to construction offers all sorts of benefits such as design analysis, clash detection, pre-visualisation and increased levels of automated design documentation.

The UK Government’s BIM Mandate for Level 2 is fast approaching and the provision of data in a standard known as COBie is an important aspect of that mandate. Government contracts require detailed information about their assets and in particular, those incorporated into construction or refurbishment projects.

Here, Clearbox explain the BIMXtra tool which creates the COBie file and the value of this data to the operational phase of a project, and the opportunities available from 4D simulation.


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