INNOVATION AT DOMINION
BUILDING INFORMATION MODELLING (BIM)
“BIM is the sharing of structured information”
BuildingSmart defines BIM as follows:
BIM is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. As such, it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a building, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward.
The key principal is that BIM is not any single act or process. It is not creating a 3D model in isolation from others or utilising computer-based fabrication. It is being aware of the information needs of others as you undertake your part of the process.
A Building Information Model can contain information/data on design, construction, logistics, operation, maintenance, budgets, schedules and much more. The information contained within BIM enables richer analysis than traditional processes. Information created in one phase can be passed to the next for further development and reuse.
BIM AT DOMINION
Dominion Constructors is at the forefront of BIM technology in New Zealand. We see it as a major game changer – improving productivity and driving more certainty into our projects. BIM has had a significant impact in changing the way the construction industry operates around the world. It brings efficiencies for all project stakeholders through vastly improved methods of collaboration and communication. As early adopters of BIM, Dominion have developed systems around the technology and are building a strong reputation as a forward thinking, technologically savvy Main Contractor. Having experienced the efficiency gains that BIM can bring to construction projects, we are committed to promoting its ongoing development and uptake in New Zealand.
Dominion has a highly skilled digital construction team that allows us to fully leverage and manage the BIM process. We have invested in the best people and the best technology, developed robust systems and aligned ourselves with other highly BIM capable companies both nationally and internationally. We choose to work with highly BIM capable design consultants, understanding that quality models from each party plays an integral role in a successful BIM implementation. If you don’t have quality models, you can’t be confident in the decisions you are making around them. As a Main Contractor, we are positioned ideally to bring all of the information together and manage the process.
At Dominion, we are using BIM in the following capacities:
- Design Review
- Spatial Coordination
- 3D Scanning
- 4D Programming
- 5D Cost Analysis
- Construction System Design
- Structural Analysis
- Digital Fabrication
- Sustainability Analysis
- Facility & Asset Management
Having experienced the efficiency gains that technology can bring to construction projects, Dominion is committed to investing in and promoting innovations in construction management, processes and tools.
One such example is Dominion’s advanced use of Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology, with a highly skilled digital construction team utilising 4D BIM to drive more efficiency and certainty into project planning and construction scheduling.
The term ‘4D’ has developed to represent the addition of time to a digital 3D model. This involves intelligent linking between modelled elements and Gantt chart timelines. BIM provides the interactive ability to visualise, inform, rehearse and manipulate the construction sequence using sequential still images and videos, presenting the information in a simplified fashion that is easy to understand for all project stakeholders.
The key aim of 4D BIM is to highlight bottlenecks and site constraints within the staging of works in order to optimise the overall time of construction. It is a highly effective planning communication tool for disseminating construction impacts to stakeholders, or overlapping and multiple subcontractors.