One of the pages that we are having is "BIM FAQ", which will provide information on BIM for non-BIMers. Here are some of the questions that will be featured on the page:
BIM for beginners - I've never heard of this thing before!
What is BIM?
A building information model (BIM) is an object-oriented building development tool that utilizes 5-D modeling concepts, information technology and software interoperability to design, construct and operate a building project, as well as communicate its details.
What does that mean?
BIM is a building development tool that is based on a 3-d model of a building created in an object-oriented (intelligent) modeling software. Once the model is created, it can be used to assist with design, construction and operational tasks; it can also be used as a communication tool. Different uses of BIM may require different software applications to utilize the model, so BIM requires software to be interoperable.
What are some of the benefits of BIM?
One of the primary benefits of BIM is increased visualization of the building throughout the lifetime of the building. Increased visualization of the building contributes to increased collaboration and efficiency. The use of BIM software programs reduces redundancies and increased coordination. Together, these benefits enhance and simplify the design and construction phases of the building lifetime.
And of course, the essential benefit of BIM is the cost savings realized throughout the lifetime of the building.
What are some practical applications of BIM?
For architects, BIM can be used as both a design tool and a document-creation tool. Practical applications for builders include clash detection/MEP coordination, visual scheduling and quantity extraction. Among other things, BIM can also assist with the LEED certification process, energy analysis, progress tracking, structural analysis and site logistics.
In some geographical locations, BIM can be used to check compliance with zoning restrictions and building codes.BIM sounds too good to be true.
What are some of the barriers to industry implementation?
What are some of the barriers to company implementation?
How much does it cost to implement BIM?
There isn’t a single correct answer to this question. However to get an idea of the cost, consider what it takes to implement BIM: software licenses, new hardware, new staff, software training, etc.
Implementing BIM can be expensive; however, keep in mind that there are major cost (and headache) savings associated with the use of BIM.
Alright, I'm sold. Now what?
How do I use BIM?
How do I learn all of this software?
What is a 2D Conversion & how do I perform one?
Are there any questions that I missed? I would really appreciate feedback on the questions (and answers) from anyone who has a moment to!