BIMspace is a collaborative meeting space where a large multi-screen set up brings multiple sets of data in front of decision makers, enabling them to make better informed decisions and streamlining the design and construction process.
A BIM model is more than just a 3D model. The many dimensions of its embedded data - geometry, performance attributes, time, cost, safety etc - need a new tool to support their visualisation. BIMspace is that tool. It allows the clients, designers and constructors to make better informed decisions, reducing abortive work.
BIMspace comprises three very short-throw projectors driven by a single powerful PC linked to servers, locally or in the cloud. Three hard wearing projection surfaces display the data. One of these has a proprietary infrared mark-up facility to capture decisions - or to use as a digital whiteboard. A camera means the space can be used for virtual meetings.
A pilot facility in the Cullinan Studio office proof-tested the concept and is now used on projects at all stages and scales. It supports our day to day management meetings too.
Our initiative has been tested on a live project, the new National Automotive Innovation Centre for the University of Warwick, Jaguar Land Rover and Tata Motors European Technical Centre. Since a pilot installation was set up on site in spring 2015, the BIMspace has hugely facilitated the coordination of the work on this highly complex £80M project being constructed by Balfour Beatty.
The IVIC research team: Cullinan Studio (architect and research lead partner), HoloVis International (hardware and software development), WMG (academic research partner), Hyde Housing Association (Initial Case Study Client).