Are you new to BIM (Building Information Modelling)?

Understanding BIM

BIM is an process of Virtual Design and Construction that through the heavy use of technology integrates and connects information with the virtual, spacial models.

It may be a mouthful, but it's what it's all about. BIM is a move away from traditional approaches to building projects, where we now use the technology to help connect the information with the people and processes that we need.

3D Models

3D virtual models allow you to build it before you build it. Some projects you might say “if I had to do it again” or “if I had known that beforehand.” That’s the idea of building it virtually first.


Of course if you build a 3D model on it’s own, it’s just one piece of the puzzle. That’s why BIM is about collaboration. Put virtual architecture together with the pipes and beams of the engineers and see what works and what doesn’t. Exchanging models allows for 3D coordination and identify clashes before you get to site.

Embedded Information

BIM goes beyond just 3D models, because it also identifies what information we needs to know about these objects. So with BIM, a wall is not just a mass, but it knows it’s a wall, how it’s constructed, when it’s built and other specifics like the fire rating. This information is stored in or linked to the information model so that people can get it when they need it.

Open Exchange

Not all the information can be stored in the models. So it’s important to allow information to transfer to others and allow other them to integrate it into their workflow. This includes importing models and data into platforms that can read lots of formats, along with exporting to open source outputs like COBie and IFC. OpenBIM is key for to allow BIM collaboration to work.

About BIM

The key to getting BIM to work is to understand and agree what everyone needs from who and when

If someone asked you to design them a house, but didn't tell you what type of house, who is it for, or when they need it delivered for... would you say yes? How do you work without a brief? How do you know what to deliver? This is exactly what happens when someone asks for BIM or Revit without defining their requirements. Virtual design and construction is no different than real world construction.

The key is to have employers define their requirement, agree protocols, for the design team to report how they will deliver these. Capturing this information is why BIM is more about the process than 3D models. It's about everyone agreeing who is doing what when to get to an agreed end goal.

As a BIM Manager, I work with clients to define what they want or if they don't, what we will deliver by default. I ensure our teams know how to deliver it through training and up-skilling. I develop standards and content to improve efficiency and ease the shift to BIM processes.

  • Standards and R&D
  • Coordinate with Consultants
  • Staff Training
  • Working with Clients

Who is Krigh?

As a Manager of Design Technology, I’ve has worked on a variety of BIM projects in the Canada, the UK and internationally. Currently I’m working at DIALOG, a multidisciplinary practice in Canada. We have a diverse portfolio of projects from bank branches to airports. Previous to DIALOG, I was in the UK with Pollard Thomas Edwards working on large residential developments and schools in the UK. Prior to that, I was the BIM Manager for Gensler’s London Office which kept me busy working on office fit-outs in London, data centres in Europe and malls in the Middle East. I’m well versed in BIM Level 2, including earning my BIM AP through the BRE. I have had a few speaking engagements including two talks at BILT NA 2017 and co-speaking at Autodesk University 2017.
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Krigh Bachmann

BIM Manager
As the Manager of Design Technology at DIALOG, Krigh uses his keen interest in leveraging new and innovative technologies to improve both the designs his team produces and the method by which they are created.


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