Helioz Technologies jumped on the BIM wagon quite some time ago, and we've done a lot of work for our clients, such as BIM&CO. Recently, we updated our website and published our BIM Library, which you can see here.
But first, let's see what BIM is and why it is important in architecture, engineering, and construction.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) represents the modernization and digitalization of AEC (Architecture, Engineering, & Construction) workflows, strategies, and techniques. They are digital versions of products and materials made with all characteristics to behave precisely like the actual product would behave on-site. BIM objects are known as digital product information and are created in a 3D format. They have all associated technical data and are meant to simulate the performance of the actual product. BIM objects can help designers and engineers make informed decisions about the project as they can perform real-time simulations and offering various options to find the best solution. Our experienced team is creating BIM objects using Revit.
It is a well-known fact that Building Information Modeling has a strong reputation, being an indispensable tool in architecture, construction, and traffic engineering. It enables contractors and architects to access exhaustive data concerning three-dimensional, interactive models and other aspects of the building process, like electrical systems, material properties, and specifications, cost, budget, etc. But, where does BIM come into play when we talk about facilities management? The answer lies in BIM's ability to provide facility-related information in a unified form. This gives you the ability to have a more holistic view of what is happening in each life phase of your project. It also reduces the possibility of making poorly informed investment decisions due to outdated information on your hands, as it offers and delivers real-time data. At the same time, BIM saves you time on redundant data entry and collection. It is also possible to integrate BIM with other management software, like CAFM (Computer Aided Facilities Management) and CMMS (Computerized Maintenance Management Systems).
It's safe to say that BIM has become a crucial process for planning, designing, and constructing buildings. Its importance lies in the fact that it is collaborative and highly efficient. BIM has become the norm that companies across the world are using these days.
Back in the days, information about a specific building plan was expressed with drawings and blueprints. Even though 2D drawings were "something," it was still really hard to visualize some important details with them, and not to mention, it was slow. The solution to this problem was introducing Computer-Aided Design (CAD) which moved hand drawings into the digital world. The next step was a 3D model, and today, BIM is a golden standard. However, BIM is not just a 3D model. The "Information" part of it is his true purpose.
Every BIM model is built of various BIM objects. These objects store data, have the geometry, and are intelligent. Ok, why is this important? Because if any type of change in the BIM object occurs, the software changes the entire model automatically. First, this makes the whole process more accurate. Second, it allows designers, architects, engineers, and contractors to work collaboratively and to get updates in real-time.
As we've learned so far, BIM is a definition for the whole building process that includes collaborations and data sharing. But, the middle letter - information - is maybe the most important part. The amazing thing with information in BIM is that it's not just stored, but it's actually actionable. By using information, companies can improve accuracy, bring design ideas "to the field", transfer knowledge among participants in the project, reduce errors and problems and improve coordination and communication.
As we mentioned earlier, sharing information is a vital part of the process and a feature that makes BIM so efficient and popular. How is this information shared? Simply said, the data or "information model" is going through a mutually accessible online space. This online space is called Common Data Environment (CDE). Every participant in the building's life process can access this data in every stage, from inception to operation. The informational model can even be used in renewals and renovations.
Not every project is the same. Various projects demand a different level of "maturity". These maturity levels are commonly knowns as BIM Levels. There are seven BIM Levels (starting with 0 and going up to 6), and each one of them represents another criteria sets. The main purpose of the BIM Levels is to easily determine and measure the amount of information that will be managed and shared during the whole process.
Here's a short overview of what information or what "maturity" of information is part of each BIM Level:
It is undebatable that BIM has improved and made easier processes in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction fields. Of course, construction can only move forward and be even more collaborative, digital, and sophisticated. With that in mind, it's easy to assume that BIM is not going anywhere. It can only get better and with even more information.
Our experienced team is creating BIM objects on a daily basis, and with constant work and constant education, we are confident enough to call ourselves experts in the field.
For more BIM objects (with a 3D view), you can click here.
If you want to hear more about our process and what we can do for you, contact us for a discovery meeting.