Some of us can remember when these drawings were produced on the drawing board by hand, some have learnt their trade on Computer Aided Design packages. There remains a strong argument that the best designs are not produced in a blinkered world of software, but from the creative pencil of an experienced Designer!

The Industry is now moving away from this traditional approach, with the production of Building Models now being the intended communication. This way of working is often given the title BIM, which for many stands for Building Information Modelling (or Management).

A BIM Model has many advantages over its traditional 2-Dimensional counterpart. The Client can see and appreciate what the building will look like, how it will behave and how the end-user may interact with the layout and space. The Design Team can collaborate and share 3-Dimensional information from the very early stage, which helps to minimise errors and ensures that the designs are coordinated spatially and in a multi-disciplined environment.

Canham Consulting’s view is that BIM is only part of the solution. Any successful Project relies on good, positive communication and this is something we believe is one of our strengths. Our design concepts will often start with sketches and proposals, complemented with design meetings with various parties. This initial scoping stage is crucially important to convey the design approach.

Our 3-Dimensional Models are then created and linked together; our software is inter-operable which encourages open and positive communication between departments and other Professionals.

Our Structural Engineers use an Industry leading 3-Dimensional analysis and design package, which coordinates with a 3-Dimensional Modelling Program, allowing us to model any building of any size and complexity. Our Civil Engineers operate an innovative and multi-faceted ground modelling and infrastructure package of design software which coordinates with the Structural Engineers software, to allow the total construction to be modelled and developed in 3-Dimensions. Finally our Building Surveyors utilise intelligent Specification software which dovetails with our Structural and Civil packages, resulting in a fully collaborative and coordinated approach.

In addition to the examples above, we consider ourselves adept at challenging projects, and would welcome new and innovative schemes for us to test our skills! Should any of our services be of interest, please contact us via any of the methods available on our Contact Us page.

BIM Key Personnel

Rob Panter
Director - Technical Director

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David Quantrill
Associate Structural Engineer

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Dan Brook
3D Modelling Technician

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