Sainsbury’s used the construction of its 107,000 sq ft store at Thanet, Kent to trial intelligent Building Information Modelling (BIM) in the construction process. The trial was used to create a blueprint for rolling out BIM across the company in future construction projects.
BIM is a current development in both process and technology that enables all members of the construction design team, architects, structural and service engineers, to work in a collaborative 3D environment.
All members of the design team work collaboratively on a central 3D model of the project.
This provides a clear visual representation that all elements fit together perfectly with clash reports highlighting any issues. These can then be corrected before the construction starts saving time, money and reduces wastage on site.
To help staff and other stakeholders develop an understanding of Building Information Modelling, the Sainsbury’s store development team approached C A Design Services to create a video demonstrating the BIM process.