PUNCH Building Information Modelling (BIM)

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a 3D virtual model of the building, where each element within the model can be separately identified and have data attached to it.

PUNCH have been using BIM on award winning innovative projects since 2007. This has been achieved by employing the latest Autodesk REVIT software suite to develop projects. A BIM model can be investigated both visually and analytically enabling the delivery of a project in an informed, collaborative, efficient and ultimately in a more cost-effective way. PUNCH experience in developing BIM models along with our in-house engineering expertise helps deliver real project value.

PUNCH Consulting Engineers have achieved verification certification from British Standards Institution (BSI) for Building Information Modelling (BIM) Level 2 Tier 1. Our procedures and documentation are developed to align with NBS BIM protocol, BS1192:2007, PAS 1192:2, CIC BIM Protocol, BS8536-1 and BS1192:4.  Our quality management systems can easily be customised to meet the criteria for each project. PUNCH BIM Execution Plans are individually tailored to meet the Employers Information Requirements (EIR) as outlined in PAS 1192:3.

BIM allows for information to be shared between project team members and contractors in 3D environment. It provides greater benefits for clients, design teams and contractors alike. A BIM model also assists with commissioning and long-term maintenance and whole-life cycle building performance and costs. PUNCH collaboratively develops a BIM model with all stake holders to effectively create a smart model of the building.  The key benefits of adopting BIM that PUNCH have identified over the years is that it highlights constructability issues much earlier than traditional methods, allows for faster coordination between design team members, enhances sustainability, clearer visualisation, optimised solutions and ensures site coordination issues are minimised and their impact on the construction program.

PUNCH also linked the BIM model to a 3D analytical model.  This makes it possible to quickly analyse different structural options to optimise the structural solution and deliver a more cost-effective sustainable structure. Synergy between Autodesk REVIT software and the various analytical packages ensures that design developments can be quickly assessed and coordinated with other design team members.

To further enhance PUNCH 3D modelling capabilities, PUNCH also utilise AutoCAD Civil 3D software for civil engineering aspects of projects, such as road design including intersections, roundabouts, corridor design, earthworks cut & fill volumes, drainage utilities and services coordination.  Using AutoCAD Civil 3D software allows rapid manipulation of ground profiles to reach the optimum solution, which in-turn can be used in HECRAS software for detailed flood analysis.

Civil 3D software enables PUNCH to react quickly to new information as it becomes available.  Any subsequent design changes can also be realised early and the impact assessed. By using AutoCAD Civil 3D, PUNCH can show clients multiple design solutions so that the optimum solution can be determined.  The Civil 3D model can also be combined with the BIM Revit building model to give an overall coordinated model of the building and the site.

At PUNCH we continually strive to bring value to our clients while delivering a high level of service. Continual investment in software at the forefront of Building Information Modelling and Civil 3D, in addition with experienced personnel ensures that the service being delivered by PUNCH will exceed expectations and provide the optimum solution.

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