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Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Wood Buildings: An Introductory Guide

Using BIM to deliver low-carbon wood buildings

BIM use, coupled with lean processes and collaborative methods is enabling the delivery of more economical, sustainable, and resilient buildings. Projects that implement these innovative approaches are showing significant benefits throughout the project lifecycle, across the industry supply chain, and for all types and scales of building projects.

Wood is a widely used construction material that contributes significantly to carbon reduction goals in building construction. The adoption of advanced technologies like BIM can enable digital fabrication and off-site construction that will lead to significant improvements in productivity, reliability, and quality. These innovations rely on designers and builders being conversant with digital design, collaboration, and delivery methods.

Who is this guide for?

This guide is intended to provide those working on timber projects with an introduction to how BIM works and the implications of adopting BIM―particularly for small businesses. It also aids those championing the use of BIM in conveying the value proposition to owners. For owners, the benefit not only lies in a more reliably executed project but also in its future management and operation. BIM enables the delivery of integrated, high-quality, and well-organized information at building handover, contributing to improved asset value over the life of a facility.

This guide covers:

  • What value does BIM bring to wood projects?
  • How is BIM defined? How do I ask for BIM?
  • How does BIM work in practice for advanced
    wood buildings?
  • How do I set up a BIM project?
  • What are the keys to success in BIM delivery?
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Building Information Modelling (BIM) for Wood Buildings: An Introductory Guide

This guide by SCIUS Advisory and BIM One, is intended to provide those working on timber projects with an introduction to how BIM works.

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