Over the past few years, BIM has slowly but surely become an integral part of the industry's workflow. The word BIM is thrown about often, but there are many misconceptions as to what exactly it is or how to implement it efficiently. 

When I first started my career as an assistant engineer, our Associate and BIM expert Karen Butler cleared up the first misconception that I and many others had when she stated 'BIM is not Revit'. That statement confused some as it well known that Revit is instrumental in implementing BIM in a workflow. And BIM is exactly that, a process that is utilised to enable efficient workflow and transfer of information. This cannot be confused with the software that is used by many in the construction industry to implement the process.

The demand for BIM is constantly on the rise, especially as BIM maturity Level 2 in accordance with PAS1192-2:2013 is now a mandatory requirement on all Government funded projects unless stated otherwise. 

One of the biggest selling points of BIM, is that by creating detailed and well-designed 3D models, the number or issues encountered on site can be minimised significantly. This necessitates investing more into the design and co-ordination stage but this enables greater cost savings during the construction stage. 

One thing that cannot be argued is that BIM is now the way forward, and so it is key for us to equipt ourselves with as much information and know-how on the process in order to ensure we are keeping up with the industry. 

To reaffirm what the article below states, it is essential for young engineers in the industry to gain an understanding of BIM not only to progress but to ensure their future careers in the industry.