BIM - building
What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling [BIM] is the new buzzword for the whole construction and planning ecosystem. The National Building Information Model Standard Project Committee defines BIM as:
“Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.” 1
BIM is a process it’s not an application. It’s a new form of information processing and collaboration, with data embedded within the model. You can call it a coordinated set of processes, supported by technology which is adding intelligent information to the objects.
BIM is a method of collaborating the variety of industries within the construction sector into a detailed design model for a building. The concept is to minimize the impact of site delays and coordination costs required throughout the construction phases of a project.
The collaborative approach also provides the end client with detailed information of the building operation, maintenance information and a better understanding of how the building will perform during its lifecycle.
BIM Models are different from CAD models which are “only” 2D or 3D. BIM models are build out of intelligent objects. BIM is much more than drawings, it is a data repository for building design, construction AND maintenance information. Architects, engineer, constructors and many others work collaboratively to design and build buildings using all the same database.
BIM brings together all of the information about every component of a building, in one place.
Until now building designs are communicated via thousands of separate and many times inconsistent documents. There is no necessary information, like list of materials (BOMs), price lists, maintenance guides, installations etc., for an effective design evaluation and construction.
At a strategic level, BIM offers the capacity to address many of the industries failings, including waste reduction, value creation and improved productivity. The process of implementing BIM moves away from using conventional word-processing and CAD, into the increased use of common standards and product orientated representations.
“It is Time for BIM, we will take you informed”