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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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Shared Coordinates in Revit, I would argue are one of the hardest things to get to grips with. They are essential for setting up projects locations and coordinating the alignment of models from other consultants. However as the set up of a project usually happens only once at the beginning by one person, there isn’t[…]
London, UK 190,000 sq ft Interior Fitout Revit 2013 and Navisworks 2013 – BIM Level 2 Aon took the decision to consolidate their London property portfolio into two buildings 55 Bishopsgate and 122 Leadenhall, after the acquisition of another consulting firm. 122 Leadenhall will become Aon’s new Global HQ’s transitioning from their current HQ in[…]
London, UK 110,000 sq ft Interior Fitout Revit 2012 – BIM Level 1 This 170 year old, UK based business media-company, made the shift from print to online early on in the digital explosion, embracing technology and the web ahead of today’s competitors. In the move to their new office UBM wanted the space to[…]
North Eastern Europe 300,000 sq ft Interior Fitout of Data Centre Revit 2013 and Navisworks 2013 – BIM Level 2 Gensler’s Mission Critical specialists inherited the datacenter project after the client had a series of problems with the originally appointed consortium. Gensler assumed the role of fit-out architect for data halls C & D and[…]
London, UK 500,000 sqft Interior Fitout Revit 2012 – BIM Level 2 The project is comprised of two separate buildings which represent two important architectural periods. The Iconic Old School Building was built in the Neoclassical Style constructed circa. 1838. Gensler London have been appointed to carry out full design services for the building. The[…]
London 65,000 sq ft Interior Fitout from Cat A Revit 2012 – BIM Level 1 Nokia’s recent acquisition of their new North London Headquarters, situated in a well connected part of the city with national transport links, aims to entice a younger talent pool to the renowned communication technology company. The space is a 3-story[…]
I think that manufacturers can benefit from BIM, but only if they work to integrate with the BIM process. The trick is to understand the process that the BIM models and teams working on it go through and understanding how they can help with it. If your products can be delivered in forms that BIM programs understand and is useful to the team, then it will make it easier for them to include it on a project (i.e. specify it). Alternatively if you can utilise the BIM models for the production of your product, then it’s helps with the integration of your work into the BIM process.
So much of BIM is about integration. […]
London, UK 172,000 sf Interior Fitout from core and shell and minor exterior works Revit 2012 – BIM Level 1 This long term Gensler client requested we study the feasibility of continuing to occupy their existing headquarters building. The building, at 20 years of age, had reached the life expectancy of its fit-out as well[…]
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Although many think Building Information Modelling (BIM) is just another Computer Assisted Design (CAD) program, it actually goes well beyond that. In fact it goes well beyond software alone because it is shaping the design process itself. The best way I can sum it up is “BIM is an architectural process of Virtual Design and Construction that through the heavy use of technology integrates and connects information with the virtual model.”
In layman’s terms, it means that we build the project before we build the project. […]