BIM stands for Building Information Modelling. But what does that really mean? Is it a type of software? Is it the 3D of a building? Is it a process or is it just another product tool?
BIM is all of that, and more. Using BIM essentially allows you to simulate the 3D model of your building. It is not only simple geometry but a virtual and intelligent representation of your proposed design as a whole.
Benefits of BIM
This is the simplest and most obvious role of BIM. This allows you to show the project with substantial details to clients, authorities, developers and other stakeholders. Images and moving pictures make it easier for non-technical persons to understand your concept.
Since data is stored as we build up the 3D model, any modification with the floor plans, elevations, sections is immediately replicated in all affected drawings, datasheets and schedules. Documentation becomes faster and provides strict quality insurance by having automatic coordination of the different views.
BIM models contain all the information related not only to Architecture, but also of the Structure, MEP , Fire and other disciplines. This allows you to see any discrepancies, errors in design and structure right from the get-go of the project. Thus eliminating costly construction changes or additional orders.
BIM contains non-visual information as well, like scheduling, manpower and project management and coordination resources. Cost is also a factor that is not visually represented in a project but is definitely an important aspect of your design. BIM allows you to see the cost and budget of the project at any given phase of your project program. The entire building life cycle will benefit with this type of data management.