What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a step closer to our natural way of thinking. Our memories are built of images that our mind captures in 3D combining them with the information about the date, colors, taste, smell and people. Our thought is a 3D image with a context.
BIM is a method for optimizing the design, execution and operation of building structures. The basis of BIM is formed by a 3D computer model which can be enhanced by adding further information, such as on time, costs, utilization. The ‘I’ which stands for Information in BIM, can be used differently by different project partners. As a result, the project produces a coordinated set of information-rich BIM models which can be used throughout the project lifecycle. Thus, BIM is not a software package, it is a method of working, collaborating, designing, managing, constructing and operating.
Accepted all over the world by different institutions and practitioners, the definition of BIM as defined by US National BIM Standards Committee (NBIMS) is, “Building Information Modeling is digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility creating a shared knowledge resource for information about it forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, from earliest conception to demolition.”
BIM is an incredible concept which allows building the facility first virtually and then physically. This way, the project partners can perceive the project and evaluate its performance before implementing it. Resolving coordination issues at a very early stage in the project, results in significant savings of time, cost and energy. With enhanced scheduling, estimating and facility management abilities, a whole new world of opportunity for BIM has opened.
To know more about how BIM can be used in construction projects: visit HOCHTIEF ViCon project page here...