What is BIM?

    Building Information Modelling as defined by the UK Government BIM Task Group ...

    "BIM is value creating collaboration through the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models and intelligent, structured data attached to them".

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    Below is a rendered video of our current Factory 2050 project – a fly through showing the development of the BIM model …

    Curtins recognised early on that BIM is more than 3D drawing as it represents a culture change in the way teams work and collaborate on projects. For the first time, design collaboration has a framework and quality standard that all in the industry can positively adopt. This is the embodiment of the 1990’s Latham and Egans recommendation for the construction industry to integrate processes and collaborate for the good of our people, our clients and our industry. We believe BIM has the power to be this catalyst.

    Curtins’ BIM Journey

    Our position at the forefront of BIM is not an unusual place for Curtins, given our extensive history of technology investment.

    Curtins was established in 1960 and was one of the first engineering practices in the UK to recognise the benefits and efficiencies in the 1980s of AutoCAD which led to our early investment in technology and our people. We as a company, as well as our clients and our people all benefited from this early adoption.

    We identified early that BIM would be more than just an evolution in drawing technology and we were one of the first investors in the new Autodesk Revit Structure software upon its first release in 2005.

    We now have a talented and multi skilled workforce empowered with a multitude of BIM authoring software and we extensively use Autodesk Revit and AutoCAD 3D Civils as our engineering BIM tools.

    Curtins remain at the forefront of the engineering application and use of BIM within the built environment. In 2018, we gained our official Level 2 Accreditation from BSI.




    Case Studies

    Curtins are a key team member on many BIM projects. Using our strong technical experience we can operate effectively and efficiently with other key members of the construction team to identify possible issues at the early stages of the design process, and arrive at a solution which best serves the requirements of the client.

    Click here for an example of a project where BIM has been extensively used.