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Defining the art of Collaboration

This is the first in a series of articles looking at Collaboration across the industry.  First up, for it's role in collaboration is Building Information Modelling (BIM)

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What does collaboration really mean? How do we collaborate best? What benefits can we expect from better collaboration? These are questions that are debated continually within our industry. But have we found any answers?  By looking at case studies from our own portfolio, across this series of articles, we put our conclusions on the table.

The first in this series of articles on one of the industry's most talked about topics, considers the role of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in making the industry more collaborative.

BIM continues to be widely debated within the construction and property industry.  The collaborative environment it fosters amongst design and construction teams stands out as one of its key benefits.  Clear communication streams, and the ability to collectively work through one model enables a deeper understanding of the building and its limitations, as well as the power of visualised sequences in building the client’s confidence.

Although beneficial, the BIM culture isn’t always easy to adopt. Management of the model, communication software and methods, as well as providing necessary support to the team has been key to the effective use of BIM on this project.

We are using BIM on a number of our projects, including Block W4 for Exemplar and The Crown Estate.