So what is BIM?

It’s worth noting that BIM is normally 3D but not all 3D is BIM!  Building information modelling involves the creation of a single model to represent the building project.  From that model various data can be extracted to fulfil needs not only during the construction phase but also into the long term running and maintenance of the building.

Changing one part of the model is immediately reflected in the various views of that model so for example if we change a window in our plan view this change will be reflected in elevations, sections, 3d perspectives and window schedules.

The data extracted from the BIM model is commonly drawings and 3D views and flythroughs (3D) but this belies the depth of the underlying data.  Depending on the level of need the model can include Programme data (4D), Cost (5D), Sustainable design (6D) and Operational Data (7D).

Because all of the information relating to the project can be extracted from the same model conflicts can easily be avoided.  Hence we generate our window and door schedules from the same model.


The UK Government has developed a set of standards to facilitate BIM working and sharing of data under the 1192 series of documents.  We have amended our working practices to comply with these standards.  We have formed working relationships and together delivered projects with other BIM ready consultants. We are keen to work with like minded professionals and contractors who are keen to lead rather than follow in the move to BIM.

You may be about to procure a building, or be a developer or a contractor seeking to develop their BIM supply chain.

If you have a project you are considering please contact us to discuss options for putting together an appropriate project team.


Here at Doherty Architects we have fully embraced the move to BIM and have been doing so since 2007. We develop all of our projects in BIM software generating benefits and ensuring high quality design in projects of any scale.

How do we use BIM?