We should use technology and intelligent information systems to their full potential in delivering the most efficient projects
Peter Trebilcock’s comment on the broader benefits of BIM (“Clients are missing out on half the benefits of BIM”, 17 April 2014) is an important reminder of the need to use technology and intelligent information systems to their full potential, not only in making the case for adopting BIM, but also
in delivering the most efficient projects.
Sustainability is a case in point. There is a dangerous tendency in the industry to justify material strategies once the project is already underway, or to focus solely on a single issue, like carbon.
It’s a trend we can reverse by showing the implications of different specs from the outset, making clear their impact on the whole life carbon footprint of the project, its thermal performance, water footprint, or the responsible sourcing of its materials.
BIM can make that happen. It works for detecting clashes, mapping costs and scheduling works – so why not for sustainable construction solutions too?