Business Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling or BIM is the latest buzzword in construction industry worldwide. It has been flaunted on the front page of construction magazines; more seminars are being arranged throughout year and many companies are involved in developing products/tools around BIM. So, what is BIM? Why it so popular and what does it do?
What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling or BIM is a digital representation of the building process to facilitate exchange and interoperability of information in digital format.
BIM is a process of demonstrating both graphical and non-graphical aspects of the full building life cycle and creating a single repository of design and construction documents, specifications and schedules. BIM generates a 3D Model using geometric and geographic information of the building and properties of its components. Bentley, ArchiCAD and Revit are the popular CADD software used to generate standard 3D BIM models.
BIM services use following CAD services for developing building models:
- 3D Modeling
- Architectural Modeling
- Civil/Structural Design and Modeling
- Mechanical Design and Drafting.
3D/4D Building Information Model
Team members use 3D models to understand and visualize the project. BIM allows the team to virtually “walk through” throught the construction process. In 4D modeling you have an added the fourth element of time. This provides better control of the project schedule and activities.
What are the benefits of BIM?
Since each detail related to building construction can viewed by all team members, design performance increases significantly. For example, the structural engineer can consult immediately with the architect regarding energy consumption strategies pertaining to structure insulation and heating. In this way BIM Model improves coordination and collaboration among design and construction and reduces information loss and confusion that can be associated with project management. This helps in saving both cost and time, thus benefitting all the stake-holders of construction process including designers, structural engineers and contractors.
Should any problems or alterations arise, they can be changed in model with minimal effort and time. Structural design and structural drafting services handle the following:
- Maintaining and designing wooden design
- RCC(Reinforced Cement Concrete) structure design for buildings
- Structural steel detailing
- Structural drawings of components.
In addition, BIM allows you to implement Green Building principles into your project. You can evaluate the building’s HVAC set up, water consumption and energy efficiency. This allows you to better comply with new EPA specifications like WaterSense.
All these latest CAD services are used in building information modeling. As a result, we have a reliable and accurate building model.
By presenting customers with a 3D design, Lavitech now has the ability to catch future problems and present multiple samples of tile and grout combinations, shingle variations, siding and window options – the possibilities are endless. This technology gives clients a chance to collaborate with architects and see their ideas flesh out before even breaking ground.
If you have a question about Building Information Modeling services or would like to implement BIM in your next project, contact us at call 818-232-7385 or submit your information in our Estimates page and we will schedule a consultation.