It is probably true to say that many civil engineers have been missing out on the excitement about Building Information Modelling (BIM) that is sweeping through the rest of the construction industry. In fact, there is a misconception in the construction industry that Building Information Modelling is predominantly the domain of architects, structural engineers and building services engineers.

Nothing could be further from the truth! BIM has a key role to play in civil engineering design and, indeed, this functionality has been available to them for many years through our Professional Design Suite. So one might say, albeit with tongue-in-cheek, that the rest of the industry is simply catching up with the civil engineers. On a more serious note, though, the important thing about civil engineers adopting BIM functionality is that not only does it help to improve designs, it also enhances the co-ordination between buildings and the roads, car parks and other infrastructure elements that surround them. Consequently, there are real benefits for the whole construction process, the industry and its customers. But – a word of warning. Civil engineers who appreciate these benefits should not allow themselves to being hoodwinked into thinking they need to invest in expensive additional functionality. Rather, they should ensure that their everyday design tools offer all of the required functionality as standard.

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