BIM is far from self-explanatory. It is actually a complex concept that leaves people with a lot of questions. What is BIM? What does it do? How does it work? Each question has multiple answers which open a wide range for misconceptions. This could create a barrier for those thinking about implementing BIM. Now let’s get rid of these misunderstandings once and for all.
What is BIM?
It is no surprise that when talking about Building Information Modelling, the abbreviation BIM is used more frequently. The term is in fact a mouthful and its meaning is not so straightforward either.
At its core, BIM is a 3D design and modelling software with a twist. It is a digital representation of the physical and functional characteristics of a building. BIM is a shared centralized knowledge source for information about a building and provides a reliable basis for decision-making during the life cycle of that building.
What does it do?
What if you could inspect every detail of a building before it’s even built? BIM makes this possible. How? Well, a building consists of objects. Each object carries all kinds of information, for example about the supplier, dimensions, color, type of materials and article number. Objects can be doors, locks, operator units or lamps etc. The information is put in a 3D database.
By storing all this information in a 3D database, you are able to view and review all the aspects of the building before it’s even made. Even during the use of the building, you can easily keep track of maintenance and operation.
Using BIM also means changing the work process of your organization. Instead of working with your own decentralized database, you work with a centralized database where all information is stored, and everyone who’s working on the project has access to. Since everything is digitally available, it gives you the opportunity to optimize your building with all kinds of modelling techniques before having spent a tremendous amount of money on the construction. Simply put, with BIM you can optimize your work processes, make your building future-proof and store all documentation in a safe, protected environment.
Want to discover more about BIM? Stay tuned and read all about it in part II!
[Based on an interview with Jan Knijnenburg, Strategic Developments Manager at Priva]