What is BIM?

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wHAT IS BIM?

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a futuristic model-based process which helps professionals in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry to plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure more efficiently with the intelligent insight and tools. BIM is used for designing and documenting every detail of the building and infrastructure design. 

The model is then used to analyse and explore design options. Ultimately, it helps create visualizations of the building before it is built. Professionals will then be able to have a clear understanding and visual of a scaled down version of the physical building. The model is used to generate the design documentation for construction.

WHY IS BIM IMPORTANT?

The process of BIM can be used throughout the lifecycle of a building or infrastructure project, with the assistance of intelligent data. BIM allows the stakeholders to capture the data they create during the process. This action will benefit operations and maintenance activities.

During the planning stage, it helps to combine reality capture and real-world data to generate context models of the existing built and natural environment. The BIM professionals will then be able to conceptualise, analyse and document their designs in detail. BIM data will be used to inform scheduling and logistics.

During the building stage, fabrication begins using BIM specifications. The trades and contractors will receive the project construction logistics to ensure optimum timing and efficiency. BIM data can also be used for future cost-effective renovation or efficient deconstruction of the building or infrastructure.

Who Is BIM For?

BIM is for Architects and Engineers in the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industry. BIM enhances the collaboration between these two groups of people as it helps to transfer information quickly and accurately between different design disciplines.

Architects and Engineers will be able to create high-performing building designs. BIM helps in the evaluation of design intent, as well as the communication of construction intent.

What is the job scope of a bim specialist?

The job scope of a BIM Specialist can be split into 3 broad categories:

Any infrastructure project consist of 3 main disciplines: Architectural, Civil & Structural, and Mechanical & Electrical Components. Each of these disciplines require months of specialized project expeience in order for an indivdual to perform at an acceptable level.

BIM Co-ordinators  are selected for their high performance on the job as well as their broad project experience across engineering disciplines. Part of their job scope would involve checking for clashes between BIM objects and also performing simulations in various BIM software.

BIM Managers may be tasked to keep a project on track by planning & co-ordinating the schedules of project resources using BIM management tools like Autodesk Navisworks or Oracle Primavera. They may also be tasked with performing quantity take-offs and provide accurate costing forecasts to project owners.

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