“BIM allows us to spend time improving designs” says Michael Aubrey MD

Credit: Michael Aubrey Partnership
Credit: Michael Aubrey Partnership

The Managing Director of an early Building Information Modelling adopting engineering consultancy has discussed the reasons for his firm’s implementation of BIM.

John Staves, Managing Director at Michael Aubrey Partnership took part in an interview on Michael Aubrey’s official website, in which he discussed beginning a BIM journey back in 2009 and how the technological process has allowed the practice to refine designs, become more efficient and simply making them “much better”.

Staves reminisces back to 2007 when the business first noticed Autodesk Revit, a software platform they would ultimately be utilising two years later, and that they now use on ALL of their projects, whatever the size.

“Fundamentally it fitted so well with the way we liked to work. Because we are trying to deliver somebody’s project, its allows for better communication; it allows us to make sure our designs are much more buildable than perhaps they would have been traditionally if we hadn’t thought them through in a modelling environment.

“We saw Revit in 2007 when we were looking for some structural analysis software. It was an American stand alone business, now of course owned by Autodesk. It seemed to fit with the way we wanted to work.”

The MD of the Reading, United Kingdom-based company discussed how using BIM has revolutionised their work and ensured elite project quality. He elaborated: “It has made us more efficient, it’s allowing us to spend more time designing because there is a level of automation within producing the construction information.

“BIM allows us to spend the time improving the designs, refining the design, making sure things work better before they ever get to site. Rather spending time on internal communication. eg engineer to draftsman, we now spend more time making sure that design is as good as it can be.

“Inevitably what was happening was, it was taking so much time within the fee, that it meant that the first solution that worked was what was published, whereas now we get chance to refine that design, a much more efficient process. Designs that go out to site are much better and much better thought out.”

Mr. Staves also answers further questions relating to his career, and those can be viewed here.

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