What is Building Information Modeling?

H3 Construction
April 19, 2022

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the next big evolution in the Architecture, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) sector, allowing for effective building management and vastly improved planning of the construction process among its many benefits. This new technology is truly changing the game for collaboration and everyone in the AEC space should be in the know. Read on for insight into building information modeling and how it may improve your own work. 


What is BIM? 

BIM is an acronym for Building Information Modeling or Building Information Management. It is an all-in-one software allowing developers, contractors, architects, engineers, manufacturers, and other critical construction personnel to collaboratively design, plan, and eventually construct an entire building with one, shared 3D model. 

The BIM technology goes further in allowing building operators and owners to access data on the structure and therefore engaging property managers and governments to make better-informed decisions before, during, and after construction. 


A Quick History of BIM – How Far Have We Come?

Before the onset of technology, hardcopy drawings and blueprints from engineers and architects were used to plan the construction of a development with the obvious challenge of 2D designs and the difficulty in conveying dimensions and visual measurements. 

After blueprints came Computer Aided Design (CAD). This brought these designs into the digital space for ease of information sharing which eventually saw the integration of 3D technology. 

BIM is the latest integration of software and design modeling but pushes the bar further than just a digital 3D mockup of a blueprint, adding benefits far-reaching into the space of collaboration and data generation. 


What is the Importance of BIM? 

While BIM is incredibly useful for the development and construction process, it is actually starting to become a necessity. Keeping in mind that the PRB, by way of the 2020 World Population Data Sheet, estimates the world population to increase from 7.8 billion in 2020 to 9.9 billion by 2050, it is critical that the AEC industry develops in the most efficient way possible to meet global demand and provide innovative construction solutions. 

BIM can help the world sustain the growth of the human population in an effective way. In many cases, governments are now mandating the use of BIM for public contracts. 


How Does BIM Work? What Can BIM Do? 

Building Information Modeling software is, as the name suggests, a tool utilized by many parties in the project development lifecycle to encourage transparency and information sharing. 

The four core purposes of BIM have to do with planning, design, construction, and operation

  • Planning: BIM modernizes the planning process by allowing architects and designers to utilize alternative reality capture and data to visualize what the construction will look like once completed against the currently existing landscape. BIM cloud points and digital photography helps generate data for further innovation and identification of issues before construction begins. 
  • Design: BIM provides in-depth modeling tools enabling accurate project specification and structure templates to keep in line with corporate styles and pre-approved design choices. BIM data also gives critical insight into the design’s performance while informing logistics decisions and simplifying scheduling. 
  • Construction: The entire team from designers, engineers, project managers, and construction professionals have access to one shared environment for superior coordination and execution. BIM specifications and information can guide the construction process in a way that encourages collaboration and ease of the process. 
  • Operation: BIM ensures the effective implementation of deliverables. Engineering calculations, equipment specifications, and in-house design drawings can support streamlined maintenance, operations, performance sharing, remodeling, and even demolition at the end of the lifecycle. 


The Future of BIM

It is undeniable that BIM will be a cornerstone of construction and development for the foreseeable future. The innovation of this technology will continue to support a sustainable world with the potential to greatly reduce waste in construction through the elimination of inefficiencies and support the growing human population on Earth. 

It is likely that over time, BIM will continue to develop to include 4D and support initiatives for a brighter future. 


Interesting in Working with a Leading Construction Firm? 

If you want to make sure your project is in the hands of a firm using the software of the future, consider working with the experts at H3 Construction and Design. From home additions, custom residential and commercial builds, or full remodels, our designers will walk you through the process and get you to the desired outcome. Contact us today to get started!

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