What Does BIM Mean?

Dec 17, 2020 | bim modeling | 0 comments

When buildings are designed, we think of everything as physical sketches and blueprints. With the advancement of technology and 3-D models, BIM, (Building Information Modeling), has become the new norm for designing structures. BIM is a highly collaborative process which allows stakeholders and AEC, (Architecture, Engineering, & Construction), professionals to collaborate on the planning, designing, and construction of a building with one 3D model. This allows owners and stakeholders to make decisions based on pertinent information derived from the model, even after construction is completed.

Prior to Building Information Modeling

Prior to BIM, blueprints and drawings were used to express information about a particular building plan. This 2-D approach made it difficult to visualize dimensions and requirements. However, then came CAD, (Computer Aided Design), which helped drafters to see the benefits of plans in a digital environment. Next, CAD became 3D and brought more realistic visuals to blueprints, which paved the way for BIM.

What Makes Up BIM?

BIM is composed of objects. These components have which make up a BIM model are intelligent, have geometry, and store data. The large advantage of BIM is that when any element is changed, BIM software updates the model to reflect that change. This allows for the model to remain consistent and coordinated throughout the entire process. By doing so, structural engineers, architects, MEP engineers, designers, project managers, and contractors can be aware of each other’s work.

The information stored in a BIM model is shared through a mutually accessible online space known as a common data environment, (CDE). The data collected is referred to as an ‘information model’. This information is gathered, but it isn’t just stored, it’s actionable. The data can be used to improve accuracy, express design intent from the office to the field, and much more. 

As a result, BIM has really changed the way that buildings are designed. Using 3-D models and allowing different members of a team to collaborate on one design has truly made projects more efficient. if you want to learn how does bim save money read this article.

Are you interested in BIM in your construction project? If so, call Sabio Engineering Services at (929) 381-0300 or visit our website.

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