Umaa Architecture supports BIM working methods and collaborative design. The adoption of BIM (Building Information Modelling) systems represents an industry shift towards greater levels of collaborative working and a more coherent understanding of the building life cycle. The key principles of BIM are to collate project data sources into informative and meaningful models; that can be shared with the full design team, giving clients and consultants access to the data they need in a way that is convenient and contextual. The adoption of BIM is an ongoing process throughout the industry and can be adopted to varying levels (defined as BIM levels 0-3) as appropriate to the project type and end user needs. Currently, the government requires all public sector projects to be delivered to BIM level 2.
Adopting BIM methods brings together project processes and information that previously existed in isolation and aims to combine information together so that essential details are represented and understood contextually and model files can be shared and worked on collaboratively by the whole design team. At completion, BIM models and data become a vital tool for ongoing management of the building and can be used to aid maintenance and ongoing operations throughout the building life cycle.
Umaa Architecture takes a proactive approach to BIM implementation to meet the client’s specific requirements. BIM and communication protocols are established at the outset of the project and whether project data is delivered via a single source digital file or a set of traditional drawings and specifications Umaa aims for all critical information to be effectively and legibly communicated in a way that aids sharing and collaborative working between the design team.