The construction industry has long taken advantage of prebuilt components, from prehung doors to prefabbed roof trusses. But the latest trend is to apply manufacturing workflows to larger standardized and custom components, with digital modeling empowering factory-built bespoke components.
- Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of using 3D models for planning, managing and implementing construction projects. BIM relies on the use of software to visualize as well as simulate designs and collaborate with other project stakeholders.
Today, the construction industry requires the input of many different companies, each fulfilling a specific, but critical role in completing the project
In today’s construction efforts, the collaboration between different companies (e.g., architecture and engineering firms, material suppliers, etc) is critical.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of using 3D modeling in the construction and maintenance of buildings. It’s not just technology, but a process wherein each stakeholder involved in the construction project refer to the BIM data as the reference point.
Let’s say you have a building project. In that project, the construction company, the maintenance company and/or the building manager will all refer to the same BIM assets.
Builders will use that BIM information to determine how many of a certain material or part (e.g., the steel beams) they need. After construction, building owners will also use BIM to manage the building and, in the long-term, implement maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) projects.
The advantage of BIM -- as with 3D modeling in general -- is that it equips project stakeholders to visualize the construction project before implementing it. They can see how the design fares, identify potential flaws and efficiently manage by supplies by knowing how much is needed.
Moreover, BIM is also being mandated by governments, at least in terms of bids for public and state-owned infrastructure (e.g. in the UK, you must follow BIM Level 2).
However, with BIM usage growth has been the adoption of multiple software vendors providing solutions for use in BIM. These vendors are Autodesk, Bentley and Dassault Systems, to name a few. As a result, the same project could see the use of different software.
This creates an interoperability problem.
In response, independent software vendors (ISV) such as yours are providing applications that can read different file formats (including those belonging to the BIM industry leaders). However, it seems that your software isn’t being used as widely or extensively as you would like.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process that involves the use of 3D modeling to plan, design, construct and maintain buildings and other construction projects.
Digital twins are changing the way the construction industry manages large building projects and infrastructure initiatives. A digital twin is a graphical model (2D and 3D) combined with relevant non-graphical technical information, completely describing and mirroring a building digitally with data. Digital twins are synchronized with the physical objects they represent — engineering specifications, as-built variances, and actual measured performance data create a complete digital construct to support the lifecycle of the building.
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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process through which architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) companies use computer-generated 3D models to plan, manage and build building and other infrastructure projects.