In the early design stages, we often draw by hand. This is something of a dying art.

However, after the initial stages, when things start to get technical, Baumgart Clark Architects utilizes Building Information Modelling (known by the initials B.I.M.) to model and ‘draw’ all of its projects. This industry-leading technology is slowly but surely transforming the construction industry by creating ‘smart models’, virtual 3D files that contain rich veins and deposits of information.

The days of young architects laboriously drawing technical Computer Aided Drafting (CAD) drawings only in two dimensions are largely over. (And of course, drawing-board technical drawings disappeared decades ago.)

The real benefits of BIM are still to be fully realized in the industry. BCA is transitioning to a situation where there is a seamless sharing of electronic models ‘in the cloud’ between the architect and other project participants. This will help ensure greater accuracy in documentation, fewer clashes when the work of the many different experts who make buildings happen is combined together, and greater design efficiencies.

What does this innovative method mean to you?

The more efficient the design and documentation process, the less costly the consultancy fee is, and the greater the return on investment for all parties. Quality and accuracy improve, and the digital model files can be re-used for multiple purposes – such as maintenance programming, or expansions/alterations – well into the future.

How does technology alter the design of our buildings? 

With 'smart models' that automate the compilation of material and system information, we are in an even better position to address whole-of-life costing issues, ensuring that our buildings are not only sustainable in their first blush of life, but economical to maintain and own for many decades. BCA teams with energy and operational cost experts early in project life-cycles to ensure attending to this aspect of our design is integrated with our approach.