What is BIM?
These days, a growing number of architects, engineers, and contractors (AEC) are using Building Information Modeling or, more commonly known by its acronym, BIM. Although this technology has existed for a decade, a lot of interest has been generated recently around BIM. While global trends are making AEC projects more complex, advances in technology are helping industry professionals work more efficiently and effectively. In this article, I wish to introduce you to Building Information Modeling and describing how powerful this tool is in the 21st century.
Building Information Modeling
BIM is a working method that integrates all processes and information flow collaboratively and integrates these variables to manage building projects (architecture, engineering, construction). Professionals can therefore work more efficiently to design, build and operate buildings and their related infrastructure.
BIM is often confused with 3D modeling software, but it is actually much more powerful than that. BIM and similar technologies offer more than just 3D (width, height and depth); they often include 4D (time), 5D (cost), 6D (operation), 7D (sustainability) and even 8D (security) dimensions. The more robust BIM capability is often defined as “nD” modeling, as an almost infinite number of dimensions can be added to the building model.
However, the real power of BIM lies in information. All information collected – from conception to completion – is not only stored, but also, it is actionable. Data can be used to improve project accuracy, show the building’s design, improve stakeholder knowledge transfer, reduce change orders, address coordination issues, and provide information on existing buildings for subsequent renovation projects.
The data in a model defines the design elements and establishes behavior and relationships between model components. So, when an element in a model is modified, every view is updated with the new version appearing in section, elevation, and sheet views.
In an interview by Autodesk many project owners agreed on the following benefits obtained through the use of BIM:
72% Greater cost predictability
85% Improved schedule
85% Fewer errors
92% Optimized design
98% Better understanding
A View on how BIM works?