Understanding “What is” BIM?

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Are you an Architect, an Engineer, a Contractor, or an Owner in the construction industry? Do you spend or see people spending unimaginable hours at work performing simple measurements and calculations over and over throughout the “Building Life”? Do you feel that you are shifting from your FOCUS for which you are appointed for? Have you heard about BIM or Building Information Modeling from your colleagues?

What you need to know about BIM before jumping inIf yes, then you might be curious to know that how can these un-imaginable hours can be saved throughout the “Building Life”.

Well, you might have heard about BIM or Building Information Modelling at your workplace, from colleagues, from friends, people close-by, or at Google search.

But, are you still confused about what BIM or Building Information Modeling actually is? If this is the case, then you may find this post interesting.

So what actually is BIM?

BIM stands for Building Information Modeling and Management. It is a process through which you can actually save those unimaginable hours you spend or you see people spending at work.

Now what are those unimaginable hours at work that we are talking about? The basic activities that occurs again and again by multiple people or vendors or sub-contractors in a construction project. The basic activities can be preliminary material estimation/costing by Architects, Engineers, Contractors, Sub-contractors, Owners, etc throughout the project timeline.

What if you have those estimate almost accurate and updated at the tender stage. No matter whether the tender stage is for Architects, Engineers, Contractors, or Sub-contractors, etc.

It will be really great for people who obtain additional expertise in doing one type of work throughout their life using traditional tools such as CAD, MS Excel, etc so that instead of putting more man hours into calculations and evaluations, they can focus more on what they are appointed for.

Let’s revolve again at our question about What is BIM or Building Information Modeling?

BIM is a process through which you achieve automated tasks helping you to optimize your projects in a better way.

Traditionally, the construction industry has been using CAD tools to facilitate their design intent and with the rapid changes in technology, these tools seems to be replaced by automation termed as BIM.

BIM can be 2D, 3D, 4D, 5D, 6D, 7D, upto 12D. The letter “D” denotes the dimension that can be added in BIM process to achieve optimization. Dimensions can be 2D (Length and Width ; x and y), 3D (Length, Width, and Height ; x, y, and z), 4D (3D BIM and Time projections), 5D (4D BIM and Cost projections), 6D (5D BIM and Energy Analysis), 7D (6D BIM and Facility Management), etc. The more meaning you add doing BIM, the more dimension you add too.

BIM is also classified as Level0, Level1, Level2, and Level3 by some of the BIM practitioners across the globe. The same BIM is also categorized into LODs denoting different Level of Details one has to use in BIM to get the desired result for construction, operation and management of a building.

We hope that through this post, you might have able to understand about BIM. The more you dig about BIM on our blog posts here or web, the more you will come to know how BIM is changing the construction industry from traditional CAD tools to more advanced ones.

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