Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling, or BIM, is the digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a built asset – everything from bridges to buildings. We can create a digital model with real-life attributes and then share that information to optimise the design, construction and operation of the asset. When used well, BIM can add value over the whole life of a built asset.

At Northrop, BIM is an essential part of the way we operate, in fact, we embrace Integrated Project Delivery as a future standard for all projects. The use of Digital Engineering technology means we can identify issues early in the design process and find the best solutions quickly. Our virtual designs incorporate modelling simulations like constructability and services configurations.

We believe BIM adoption will grow over the next five years, driven by contractors and clients. The benefits gained during the design process will amplify on site so if you’re a contractor, you’ll save valuable time and money. Similarly, the long-term benefits of BIM based asset management will help owners and operators to run their facilities more efficiently.

By actively seeking input from other users of our models, we learn what does and doesn’t work. We then adapt our workflows to suit the needs of other project stakeholders. Our systems ensure the data embed in models is exact and reliable, and we provide ways for others to have confidence in the information.

As our client, you’ll gain added value through our commitment to BIM. We provide quantity take-offs for our Design and Construct clients as part of our standard documentation set. Plus our models include temporary site elements like hoarding, hoists and temporary site works, not typically covered in the BIM process. These details will help to fill in the gaps in construction sequence animations, enabling better accuracy and decision making for your project.  

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