BIM explained In Simple Terms
BIM is an acronym that means Building Information Modeling. BIM these days is very much talked about in the building industry, but if it’s ever asked about, receiving a straightforward answer is going to be a bit more complicated.
A few say BIM is a software of some type. Others say BIM is the 3D virtual model of buildings. Others also say BIM is a process or BIM is just a collection of all building data organized into a structure database that makes it easy to inquiry both in a "visual" and a "numerical" way. If BIM is broken down into categories, all of the above would definitely count and more. Better explained in laymen’s terms. When Los Angeles Architectural Design is taking place on BIM, always note that everything starts with a 3D digital model of the building. Though with this model, it is way more than geometry and some nice texture visualization. A true professional BIM model consists of the virtual consistencies of the actual building parts and other elements that are going to be used during and after construction. All characteristics contain elements of both physical and logical real counterparts. These intellectual elements are digital prototypes of the physical building elements such as windows, walls, columns, doors, stairs etc. With this information it allows the Architect or Designer to simulate the building and understand its behavior in a digital environment way before any kind of construction begins. With the brake out of mobile technologies such as iPhones/iPads and the likes utilisation of BIM is no longer part of the close circle of professionals. Clients, building owners and operators are allowed more access to BIM models through their mobile devices even without needing to install a BIM application at all. This movement puts the adoption of BIM onto the next level, so as a professional, ignoring BIM will only hurt your business.
BIM... Good For What?
BIM is helping Los Angeles Architectural Design with creating a program with several achievable but indifferent goals, a purpose built BIM model may differ both in their focus, scope, complexity, level of details and the depth of information added to the 3D rendering, and also the most trivial use of a BIM model is for making nice visualizations of practically anything you can dream of. This is not only good for your business but it helps with design decisions by comparing different design alternatives and for “selling” designs to clients and/or even to local communities that might have a veto about a building project. Since data is normally stored in a central place, in a BIM model any modification to the building design will replicate automatically in each view such as floor plans, sections and elevation. This helps in creating documentation not only quicker but also provides binding quality assurance by its coordination that is automatic to all different views.
Building A Los Angeles Architectural Design Simulation
Helping out Los Angeles Architectural Design, BIM models not only contain architectural data but they also contain the full depth of the building information including data related to the different engineering disciplines such as the load bearing structures, all the ducts and pipes of different building systems and even sustainability information as well with all the characteristics of a building that can be easily simulated.
BIM also contains information that isn’t visually represented at all. Scheduling information clarifies the necessary manpower, coordination and anything that might affect an outcome of any project scheduled. Cannot forget about cost, which is a major part of BIM, this allows us to see what kind of budget or estimated cost a project might be at any given point in the time during the project.
Needless to say, all this data put in a BIM model is not only useful during the design and construction phase, but can be used all throughout the entire building lifecycle, this helps to reduce operation and management cost of buildings which tends to be a big factor in the entire cost of construction.
Switching from CAD to BIM?
BIM and CAD are two different fundamental approaches to not only building design but also documentation. CAD (Computer Aided Design)applications tend to imitate a traditional “paper & pencil” process, using two dimensional electronic drawings that are created from 2D graphic elements that use lines, hatches and text. CAD drawings, as with traditional paper drawings that are created independently from each other, designs that need to be changed have to be followed up and applied manually on each CAD drawing. Now with BIM (Building Information Modeling)applications imitate the actual building process. Instead of creating drawings from 2D line work, buildings are virtually modeled from actual construction elements such as walls, windows, slabs and roofs, etc. This not only allows Los Angeles Architects to design buildings, it helps in building more in similar ways. Since all data is stored in the central virtual building model, any changes to a design are automatically followed up on individual drawings that are generated from the model. With an integrated model approach, BIM offers significant productivity increase, not only that but it also serves as the basis for coordinating better designs in a computer model based building process. Even though switching from CAD to BIM has been justified by the benefits achieved during the design phase, BIM can offer further benefits during the construction and operation of any building.
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