What is BIM (Building Information Modeling)?

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Building Information Modeling

There was a time when pencil, paper, and complex drawings would be the base of a construction planning. It would be a tiring process with lots of loopholes in it. but, things have changed. Now it is all about BIM.

What is BIM? BIM or Building Information Modeling has been part of the construction industry for some time now.  

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BIM is an intelligent, model-based process for planning, designing, building and managing buildings and infrastructure. It connects AEC professionals in more efficiently design, builds and operates an infrastructure through BIM. It is more than just digital 2D or 3D model.

It is the process of designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer models rather than as separate sets of drawings.

If a model element is changed then BIM co-ordinates the changes in all views that display that element. Architects, Contractors and structural engineers can work more collaboratively accessing and updating the design. The information is captured in the model and remains there consistent and co-ordinated.

So, what makes BIM so exciting?

Information is the heart of Building Information Modeling. At any point in the life cycle of the project…. the information is there. That helps you reduce the time-consuming errors. The information can be accessed by project holders from anywhere. BIM helps everyone working on a project co-ordinate seamlessly and keep every project member on the same page. You can use the information in the model to improve your design before it is built. Realistic visualization can get you immediate approvals and buy-ins.

 BIM provides insights into a designs constructability, reduces errors, improves the efficiency and effectiveness of the construction phase. It helps provide a better understanding of the future operations and maintenance of the building.

It can help owners in

  • Predictive maintenance
  • Asset Tracking
  • And facilities management for future changes and renovation work.

BIM does not solely refer to buildings, but to all sectors that have to do with construction including roads, railways, utilities, bridges, tunnels, structures, architecture, topography etc.