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Building Information Modeling: Who, what, when, where and Altro

What is BIM? Building Information Modeling image

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a process which enables you to create and manage 3D digital representations of a facility.

The resulting building information modeling provides you with a single, current and fully interactive 3D model and detailed information not only on the facilities functions but also its physical properties.

A BIM object contains:

  • The information that defines a product as well as a visual representation   
  • Product properties and physical characteristics 
  • Functional data, such as detection zones, that enables the object to be positioned and behave in the same manner as the product itself

Who uses BIM?

Each party involved in a project can use BIM, from initial concept and design through construction and extending throughout the entire life cycle of a product. It becomes a collaborative resource that can support decision-making from initial concept and design, through the construction phase and the subsequent life of the building. 

The BIM model also serves as a database to assist in the production of detailed schedules and listings of the components and quantities in any project.

What are the benefits of BIM?

  • It provides a single 3D model, with one central version of the true project, however complex
  • It is a mechanism to enable change control. More design options may be explored early in the design process and changes may be made even late in the project with much greater ease, having anticipated and resolved any issues
  • It facilitates cost and schedule control through software and technology efficiency
  • It enables room planning so that all fixtures, fittings and equipment are product/color referenced and can be viewed individually in "real life" form, with all corresponding detail and from different angles, to allow more control over the placement of joints etc
  • It provides greater, up-front analysis of building information and design for all those involved in the project's design and construction, including providing accessible information for all stakeholders
  • All BIM information comes from a single, up-to-date and co-ordinated model/database. For example, if you change a window in one place, that change is replicated in every space that window appears
  • BIM can be developed to provide information about on-going maintenance and energy use, etc.

Why does BIM matter?

According to a McGraw Hill Construction 2014 Smart Market Report, BIM adoption by contractors in North America expanded from 17% in 2007 to more than 70% in 2012 and is expected to be more than 80 percent this year.

The use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of the project, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including cost, construction and project management, and facility operation.

Altro and BIM

We currently have 16 of our products available as BIM objects, providing you with up to date accurate information, designed to save you time searching for technical data, sample cards and colors!

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Posted: 10/13/2016 7:09:28 PM by Jesse Wade | with 0 comments