The developments in the field of BIM (Building Information Model) are moving rapidly and we gain more knowledge and experience every day. This reinforces our vision on BIM.
Working with 3D BIM offers a lot of opportunities to reduce (construction) errors and obtain clear communication. BIM is a way of designing where the building is built in the computer as a 3D model, the model is connected with a database with specific information. It requires a different, but fun, way of working for all parties working on the project. Therefore BIM goes further than just 3D-modeling.
After the preliminary design we start modeling together with a constructor. We model in Revit. In all most every project we use ‘big-BIM’. This means that a number of linked models form the BIM. By working together at the same time a lot of double work is avoided and communication and coordination between the participants is a must. Ideally, an installation advisor will also model his installation and even at a later stage suppliers can process their products in the model. That is not a necessity but it helps once again to harmonize the process and understand each other better. In the end it creates a better adapted design in less time.
The interior and exterior of the building are easier to understand in 3D making use of impressions, film, drawings, Google Earth and orbiting. That will give both professionals and individuals more insight into the design and communication will improve. Preventing bottlenecks at an early stage will definitively contribute to a smoother process.
The different models are similar because they are all connected, this alignment requires a lot of communication. In addition, we have software that detects and reports the errors between the models. This so-called ‘clash detection’ helps to improve the quality of the drawings. This way of working results in less ‘surprises’ during the building process.
In addition to error reduction and communication BIM offers even more advantages;
• higher production speed of drawings;
• high-quality input for calculations and maintenance budgets;
• simple control of suppliers 3D production drawings;
• by using data from BIM, advice costs on a number of other components are reduced.
There is no one correct way for working together in BIM. The process is established by the wishes and expectations of all participants of the design process.
Therefore each process is different, dependent on the details of the project and wishes of our clients.