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Matt Smith, BIM Co-ordinator at Concertus explains how those working in the construction industry are increasingly having to learn to use the latest digital innovations which are transforming the way people are working.

"One of the latest digital innovations in the construction industry is Building Information Modelling or BIM, which moves the design discipline away from the traditional 2D geometry-focussed plans and elevations, into full 3D visualisation. This means the design can be managed, via software, so that no two objects occupy the same space. Sounds obvious, but design clashes have historically been the main reason that costly re-works have had to be undertaken during the construction process.

Also significant is that the Government has mandated that “All centrally procured public sector projects will require the implementation of BIM at Level 2”.

Concertus has been developing designs in the 3D environment for many years and in addition to the information provided by the BIM level 2 process, it’s use has led to further development in presentation methods.

Two of the biggest are AR (Augmented Reality) and VR (Virtual Reality), both of which are tools being used to help make clear informed decisions on projects, as well as providing a ‘third dimension’ to present to clients.

The past methods of: pace it out and mark it on the ground have been transferred to a 3D environment. So, although VR could be seen as a gimmick tool, it transfers the 2D presentation drawings taken from the 3D environment into something that clients find more tangible and easier to understand. Essentially today’s design teams are embracing this as huge step in presenting early feasibility information and ultimately assisting in the final ‘sign off’ of the project prior to starting on site. Also, whether refurbishment, extension or standalone, clients are enjoying being able to visualise and visit their new spaces, before they are built.

Other digital technologies influencing the design process are Moisture Mapping and 3D Topographical Surveys; both used by specialists when obtaining survey information."