bptw's BIM-themed design competition

Posted: 24.10.2016

To celebrate and promote our ongoing successful use of BIM at bptw, last week we hosted an internal BIM-themed design competition. The brief required contestants to depict the four levels of BIM in an innovative and unique way. All entries were judged on a combination of clarity, creativity and marketability and received a prize for their efforts; a number of incredible interpretations  included a ‘Cult of BIM’ Illuminati-themed representation, a cartoon strip highlighting the four levels of BIM, and a representation using Pixar’s Inside Out movie. All entrants were highly commended, however Architectural Assistant Fergus Littlejohn was crowned the winner with a  ‘BIM Burger Diner’ poster which uses a burger menu analogy with different layers to portray the four levels of BIM.

You can view a number of the stand-out submissions here.

The competition is one of several events bptw have been involved with recently to promote our ongoing use of BIM within the practice, another being our presentation at the recent RIBA SELSA’s ‘BIM is it Worth it?’ event.

We consider BIM a core part of our service, and the implementation of our BIM protocols have seen successful planning outcomes and on-going delivery on a number of projects. As a result of our dedication to BIM methodology, we are able to work as part of an integrated design team with our projects designed and updated collaboratively throughout the feasibility, planning and working drawings stage. We have invested significant time in developing and adapting our internal quality systems to suit the specific requirements of the Level 2 BIM methodology, and ensured key members of staff are BRE BIM Academy certified.  We have adapted our QA systems, procedures and codes of practice in line with BS/PAS1192 to achieve the collaborative production of architectural, engineering and construction information. By using BIM we have been able to reduce errors in information, reduce waste significantly during the construction phase, enable efficient repetition of building components and open up the potential to include cost and facilities management information within models to improve on the efficient post-occupancy management of housing stock. Key projects benefiting from our ongoing use of BIM include Phase 1b at Blackwall Reach, Tower Hamlets, Meridian Quay, Greenwich and Harrison Drive, Cambridge.

We are also involved in reviewing the impact of BIM implementation on client and design team relationships and procurement strategies, and are assisting a number of key clients to assess the potential impact of BIM on their organisation.  To speak to us about how BIM could positively benefit your organisation, please send us an email to architecture@bptw.co.uk.