BIM FOR THE GENERAL PUBLIC
BIM, acronym for Building Information Modeling, is a term starts to appear with increasing frequency in the construction sector. But, what is the BIM system, in reality? Is the public aware of its applications? Is it a piece of software? The 3D modeling of a building? A database?
The reality is that BIM is all this and more. It constitutes a new global method of carrying out construction projects. It is a work system, supported by software, in which the complete 3D modeling of a building is performed. This model is not merely of geometric volumes with textures applied for its visualization, but consists of a true database in which each element is the virtual equivalent of reality.
The elements of a BIM model contain all the information of its real components, such as properties of materials, textures, physical properties, costs … In this way we can simulate the complete building and understand its behavior in a virtual environment before its actual construction process starts.
All the processes of the project go through the model, from the production of plans, the 3D visualization, the energy or structural analysis, to the measurements and budgets. These processes are automated, so each change in the model is automatically updated on all drawings, measurements and visualizations.
The BIM methodology gives us three important advantages as professionals:
⦁ Total control of the project without any possible deviations or possibility of errors in the production of documentation.
⦁ A time saving in production, which is used in the design stage.
⦁ Better communication with the client.
The total control of the project starts from this exact modeling of reality, accessible at all times in both 2D and 3D, so that all possible problems are contemplated before starting to execute the project. In addition, the production of drawings and measurements is always accurate to the BIM model.
All processes are automated, and that’s why BIM methodology allow us to concentrate our efforts in the design phase, obtaining much better designed projects, of better quality, and with all the possible aspects contemplated and solved beforehand. In addition, it improves agility in relation to customer relationships, for the many changes that will be made during the project.
The automation of visualization is another great support for customer relationships, since an access to real time information and modelling can be provided at all times. This is what makes this stand us apart from traditional blueprints, understandable only for professionals, but not for the general public. The possibility of greater involvement of the client will always result in projects that are more satisfactory and better tailored to their needs.
The progressive implementation of this new methodology will bring two important benefits, which will affect both professionals and clients, as well as the relationship between both: greater control of the project, its costs and deadlines; And a greater involvement of the client in the preparation of the project by the professional, through these new tools that facilitate their understanding of the construction process.