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WHAT IS BIM?

Updated: May 16, 2019



BIM is evolving the construction industry.

The construction industry is evolving and building information modeling (BIM) is playing a significant factor in this. Virtually building a project is the key to a successful process. Using AutoDesk Revit software, Intentio can model and coordinate systems in advance of the construction process in order to minimize any surprises once install is underway.




SO, WHAT EXACTLY IS BIM?

BIM is a process that begins with the creation of an intelligent 3D model and enables coordination, document management, and simulation throughout the complete lifecycle of a project; planning, design-build, operation, and maintenance.


BIM is used to design and record building and infrastructure designs. Any and all details of a building can be modeled in BIM. The model can be used for analysis to explore design options and to create visuals that help our clients understand what the building will look like even before breaking ground. The model is then used to generate the design documentation for construction.


BIM allows construction and design teams to work smarter and more efficiently. At the same time, the method allows the opportunity to capture the data being created to benefit operations and maintenance activities to come. Taken a step further, BIM data can also be used to inform planning and resourcing on the project, city or country level. This is another reason why BIM mandates are increasing across the globe.




Image courtesy of Autodesk.

HISTORY OF BIM

The concept of BIM has existed since the 1970s.


Traditional building design was reliant on two-dimensional (2D) technical drawings or plans. BIM extends this beyond 3D, amplifying the primary three spatial dimensions; width, height, and depth, with time as the fourth dimension (4D). BIM goes farther with cost as the fifth dimension (5D), 6D representing building environmental and sustainability analysis, 7D representing the life-cycle facility management aspect, and 8D depicting safety.





BREAKING DOWN BIM

  • Building: the process of designing a building, this includes the architecture, structure and MEP systems. BIM workflow isn't limited to only buildings, BIM can be used on a multitude of projects. Don't be mislead by "building," we're talking about the physical act of building something, as opposed to an actual physical building.

  • Information: arguably the most important part of the BIM process. Without information on physical properties, manufacturing information, or even the ability to run simulations and cloud-based tests, you have 3D geometry with no data. The information component is what separates BIM from CAD; the intelligence to input, extract and analyze real-world data that is housed within your 3D models.

  • Modeling: the ability to construct 3D models allows for any potential issues to be resolved before ground is even broken. Modeling allows us and clients to visualize the end result, ensuring easier decision making and measurement on if the project is staying in line with the design intent.



With the use of the BIM process, we're capable of seeing into the future and are able to make decisions with confidence and ease. Our clients have a clear, concise digital description for every aspect of their physical project before production begins.




Image courtesy of BluEnt.


BIM IN THE UNITED STATES

Adapting and using BIM has become a necessity in modern construction projects. We share some interesting statistics on BIM and the construction industry in the United States:

  • Construction spending in the U.S. topped $1.23 trillion in 2017 [Statista].

  • In 2017, 72% of construction firms were believed to be using BIM technologies for significant cost savings on projects [Geospatial World].

  • 82% of contractors agree that BIM is the future of project information [NBS].

  • 70% of contractors say BIM is still not sufficiently standardized across the industry [NBS].

  • According to PlanGrid, among highly engaged BIM users:

· 84% state it eliminates unnecessary rework,

· 69% reveal it reduces costs and materials waste,

· 60% say it engages the material supply chain earlier and mitigates risk.



Intentio Innovations is transforming the way the world is built by connecting the digital world with the physical world, eliminating hours of work and room for error.



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