What is BIM? ‘BIM is a Data-Centric Strategy, Not a Thing’

We recently went to an academic conference where we discussed the differences among Desktop CAD, Desktop Revit and BIM.

We were surprised that we had a different definition of Building Information Modeling from some of the academics. One of our slides is a comparison table.

We were showing a comparison of the limitations of each category. Our main message was that the format of your data determines how well you will be able to collaborate, communicate and work with others.

If you are using Desktop CAD, you’re limited to vector images and you can mainly only share these by printing the drawings.

If you’re using Desktop Revit, you have many more options and plugins to make your model 3D. But no matter what, you’re still limited to collaborate behind the firewall and network your desktop is on.

Subcontractors cannot add on to your model and it’s more difficult to do clash detection. Also, think of this category as any 3D modeling program that only runs on your desktop and is limited by the network it is on.

Even if you have the mobile version of Revit, you still do not have a full building information model.

So What is Building Information Modeling?

Let’s be clear, Building Information Modeling is not a thing. It’s not a piece of software or hardware. You cannot get building information modeling off the shelf or at an online store.

It’s a strategy. It’s a strategy to collaborate and work with teams on a building project.

When we at HingePoint say BIM, we are saying that all of your data about a project is in one database and can be accessed from one screen. Most often it can be accessed from the 3D model itself.

Building Information Modeling is an interconnected suite of data that is integrated between systems. Below is a list of systems that can be connected to a 3D model. Once you have 5-7 systems of data attached and integrated into your building data, we think you have a BIM model.

But not every customer is going to want the same information in their model, so it’s important to know what kind of data is right for your business and building.

Here’s what kind of information might be in a database connected to the 3D model. We call these subsystems:

  • 3D models – This includes models from all sub-contractors to determine clash detection: electrical, mechanical, plumbers, civil engineers, etc.
  • Contents and Finishes Library
  • Specs Library
  • 4D – which means your model can connect to schedules. Then you can run simulations in Revit and actually see the project being built.
  • Procurement System
  • Contract Management
  • Capital Outlay
  • Pro Forma

If you are using a BIM model, you’re in the cloud and can access plans and information from any mobile device. Anyone who has the credentials can add to this 3D model. Then your team can work together to determine clash detection. You can have any type of technology integrated with it.

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Download the BIM_Comparison Table here. See where you are on to the path to BIM. The idea to be fully digital while printing on-demand, fully automated and able to collaborate with virtually anyone on a project.

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HingePoint covers the AEC Industry and is the author of The AEC Industry 4.0 Report and the Autodesk Industry Report 2017. HingePoint helps construction and real estate development companies take control of their company’s information. We combine systems, software, and data so all company information can be seen and accessed from one screen, like a smartphone or computer.

HingePoint provides Procore, SharePoint and Salesforce consulting for Commercial Real Estate and Construction companies. HingePoint also helps the AEC industry with development & integration of AutoDesk and Procore products with enterprise systems. We are a trusted partner with over 25 years experience of systems development and integration work in the AEC industry. Our clients range from top hotel brands and restaurant chains to AEC firms and real estate developers and Facilities Management. We provide BIM with ROI. Results Guaranteed…Literally Guaranteed.

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