Ramboll to offer BIM on every project by 2013
A major design and engineering consultancy aims to offer BIM "on every project" by 2013, so convinced is it of the benefits of and advance in the technology.
Ramboll building services associate director Graeme Stewart said: "From an engineering, structures and MEP perspective, we aim to offer BIM on every project, regardless of architectural drawing format, by the end of 2013."
Stewart acknowledged that this was an "ambitious" aim, particularly as "the MEP BIM software is not yet as advanced as the structural packages." He pointed that software vendors "will have to have a user-friendly software product in place in two to three years in advance of the UK government's directive to produce all projects to Level 2 BIM by 2016."
BIM was not yet a standard feature across all disciplines, said Stewart. It was largely being driven "by the architects, with the clients appreciating the end result, which will drive it more to a client-requested deliverable."
Stewart said that Ramboll's building division had used Revit for the last six years, alongside Bentley's Microstation, CSC 3D+ and McNeil Rhino for advanced form finding and surface modelling.
2011-2012 has seen a massive step change for the functionality of Revit use on MEP projects, and we feel that we in the Middle East are on a par with out UK colleagues," said Stewart.
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