Building Information Modelling (or BIM as it’s widely known) has a wide range of benefits in construction. That’s no different for temporary works, which can be made quicker, simpler and cheaper with BIM technology.
For anybody considering adopting BIM, it’s important to understand how it works first. Read on as we explore the basics of BIM for temporary works.

What is BIM?

BIM is essentially the creation of a database of information for any construction. Rather than having to compile and collect drawings, calculations and manuals, everything is stored in one place. Most importantly, that model and information can be accessed by everyone involved in the project – including the client.
With this in mind, BIM is useful during planning and design to check how a building complies with different regulations or meets specific requirements. It’s also beneficial during construction, where it can be used to check that a building matches the plans and designs.
A lot of the value of BIM is seen during the operation of a building, as clients can take away all of the information about their asset. Whether it’s mechanical specifications or supply chain information, they can keep that and continue to use it for maintenance throughout the building’s lifespan.

How do temporary works compare?

Temporary works like scaffolding don’t remain in place throughout the lifespan of a building. As such, they’re not part of that ongoing operation of a building. But that doesn’t mean they’re exempt from the benefits of BIM.
BIM provides the ability to model and visualise how temporary works will be incorporated into construction sequences. It allows both designers and clients to see how the model works in a real-world environment, providing a much better understanding of any challenges or potential health and safety issues.
Most of all, it provides seamless collaboration throughout the project. Clients no longer have to leave their project with designers, only to suffer from a lengthy back-and-forth process to get things right. Instead, clients and designers can work together to perfect their bespoke scaffolding design in a quick and cost-effective manner with no compromise on safety.

Expert temporary works engineering

As set out by the government, BIM should be at level 2. This mostly sits with main contractors and hasn’t yet filtered down to sub-contractors. However, sub-contracting companies are scrambling to find out how they can help the main contractors BIM issues, so they can differentiate from their completion and win more work
At Kitall, we specialise in bespoke scaffold designs for clients across London and the UK. We don’t overcomplicate things. Instead, we help to break down complex projects with a combination of traditional practices and modern technology. To find out more about our consultancy and design process, feel free to get in touch with our expert team today.