BIM or Building Information Modeling is a process in which a digital model illustrates the physical and functional characteristics of a building in all stages of its lifecycle. The earliest conception of BIM dates back to the birth of CAD, where some believed the ability to extract multiple views of a digital model, was an early concept of “Bidirectional Associativity”.
Today BIM goes beyond software, as we consider it a process, one that utilizes technology and collaboration for a successful project outcome. Even though software plays a big role in the early stages of a building project, it is not the essence of the process. Project teams now have the ability to work in a virtual world, replicating the traditional face-to-face relationship, from miles away. Technology allows true collaboration by eliminating the “distance challenge” and teams can have experts from all over the world working together.
Aside from collaboration, a strong knowledge of the construction process is mandatory in BIM. The process demands that the modeler know what building systems shall be implemented and how they are put together, as diagrammatical drawings are no longer used to illustrate an approximation of the building. Today, a more realistic approach is taken into consideration, and depending on the Level of Detail (LOD) required, the project is modeled exactly the way the building is constructed. From this digital construction, “views” are extracted and used as Construction Documents (CD) such as plan views, sectional views, elevations, and even quantity takeoffs.
The reality today is that there is no correct way to do BIM. Each firm and user has his or her own conception of how to do BIM. Some countries, states, and associations have developed their own standards on BIM and to some extent illustrated a “route” on how to put together a successful project. However, the reality is that this concept is far from resolved. The fact of the matter is that for the time being, and until compatibility issues are fixed, each project will set its own standards on the process.
At BimXperts International, we have designed our own standards and have a clear concept of who is responsible for what and when. We have successfully designed a route that has worked on numerous projects and have polished it over the years with lessons learned. Depending on your project needs we have the solution that is right for you.