The Approach

The use of electronic drawings is becoming more important and more sophisticated within the building services industry generally. The ability to exchange and share drawings electronically via e-mail or to post them on a web site that is accessed by the whole project team is now the norm within the BIM initiative taking the sharing of information to another level. The management and deployment of software and hardware in a drawing office is also becoming more complex, requiring specialised skills. CAD software is evolving rapidly, with a growing range of formats in which drawings can be issued. It seems only a short while ago that 3D was going to be `the next step’. 3D is now widely accepted as the norm and has been overtaken by BIM. End users in particular are looking to work with companies that have the resources and specialist skills to share information quickly and efficiently with complete transparency. Also, the more sophisticated cad management service to incorporate the tracking of design changes and variations electronically. This enables clients to use timely, accurate and structured information to reclaim costs on the project.

3D Review & Collaboration

With collaboration, reviewing and collision checking software such as Navisworks. Our CAD specialists are able to distribute 3D navigable models that allow the project team to review design issues in a flexible and more efficient `virtual’ world.

Data Transfer

Document management systems are an essential collaboration tool where large construction projects and developments are proposed. The on-line collaboration systems allow easy access to all professional services and contractors involved in the projects. Through close collaboration with BIW Technologies clients benefit from the use of our own bespoke BIW on-line internet information channel. Using a bespoke information channel will help us deliver our products to the client to ensure they have flexibility where access to their drawings and documents are essential.

The Tools

Building Information Modelling

Is the PROCESS for generating and creating building data through design, construction and operation of a building during its lifecycle. BIM allows all stakeholders to have access to the same information at the same time through interoperability between technology platforms.

Building Information Model

Is the DIGITAL REPRESENTATION of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility, forming a reliable basis for decisions during its lifecycle from inception onwards. Initially this forms a digital prototype of the building that is developed through the construction, to a digital resource assisting in the management of he building.

Building Information Management

Is the ORGANIZATION & CONTROL of the design and construction process by utilising the information in the digital prototype to effect the sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of an asset. The benefits include centralised and visual communication, early exploration of options, sustainability, efficient design, integration of disciplines, site control, as built documentation, etc. – effectively developing an asset lifecycle process and model from conception to final retirement.


Autodesk’s Revit MEP is part of the Revit Suite and supports all aspects of BIM and is being used to produce designs that interact with the Architectural BIM model. We are using REVIT to build these digital models for many types of the Building Services Design. From single room designs to full building design requirements containing any matter of information that can be used and re-used throughout the ‘life cycle’ of the equipment or building. We also use specialist software that can take the Revit MEP files from design stage into fully coordinated CADmep ‘virtual models’ ready for fabrication and installation. Our CAD specialists are developing services designs in association with architectural models developed around a BIM strategy. The ‘Building Information Model’ or parts of it can be supplied in a variety of software formats. In most cases the model parts come from the Autodesk Revit suite which includes, Revit MEP.