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Building Information Modelling for Wood Buildings An Introductory Guide

BIM is a driving force in the digital transformation of the construction industry. BIM use coupled with lean processes and collaborative methods are 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.

BIM has the potential to unlock the power of timber design and wood fabrication for the building sector. 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.

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.

Supplemental files

A short Revit details manual complements the guide. This manual is intended to guide the users of the extended usage of these intelligent parametric details. As most of the processes are typical and simple among the industry, it is the aim that the parametric data in the details can be further used in design analysis, quantity estimating, schedule planning, and construction execution. The tasks are limited to a simple data extraction process followed by an example to utilize those given parametric values.

January 2022