BIM & 3-Dimensional Imaging

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What is BIM? Building Information Modeling, or BIM, is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. Your facility. The ability to visualize your project in the early stages of design and throughout the design process is an important part of understanding your project and providing real time imagery for evaluation. Our staff of specialized designers will render your project in three dimensions; providing you with a variety of exterior and/or interior views that visually narrate the final product. We construct virtual, digital models that can be viewed and experienced from many different perspectives. We can also output to “3D-Printing” which creates a physical model in a fraction of the time it takes to construct a traditional model.

 

3D - Models

Model Walkthroughs - These provide a great visualisation tool enabling designers and contractors to work together to identify and resolve problems with the help of the model before walking on-site.

Clash Detection - BIM enables potential problems to be identified early in the design phase and resolved before construction begins. Illustrating the advantages of BIM, one project for the General Services Administration in America saw BIM model reviewers find 257 constructability issues and 7,213 conflicts. On the same project, traditional plan reviewers found six constructability issues and one conflict.

Project Visualization - Simple schedule simulation can show the owner what the building will look like as construction progresses. This provides a very useful and successful marketing tool for all those involved in a project. Contractors can also use project visualisation to understand how the building will come together.

 

In addition to 3D, BIM also offers what the industry describes as 4D (Time), 5D (Cost), and even 6D (Facilities Management) solutions.

 

4D - Time

Construction Planning and Management - BIM models provide a means of verifying site logistics and yard operations by including tools to visually depict the space utilisation of the job site throughout a project's construction. The model can include temporary components such as cranes, lorries and fencing. Traffic access routes for lorries, cranes, lifts, and other large items can also be incorporated into the model as part of the logistics plan. Tools can further be used to enhance the planning and monitoring of health and safety precautions needed on-site as the project progresses.

 

5D - Cost

Quantity Takeoffs - To determine a project's construction cost and requirements, contractors traditionally perform material ‘take-offs’ manually, a process fraught with the potential for error. With BIM, the model includes information that allows a contractor to accurately and rapidly generate an array of essential estimating information, such as materials quantities and costs, size and area estimates, and productivity projections. As changes are made, estimating information automatically adjusts, allowing greater contractor productivity.

 

6D - Facilities Management

Lifecycle Management - Where a model is created by the designer and updated throughout the construction phase, it will have the capacity to become an ‘as built’ model, which also can be turned over to the owner. The model will be able to contain all of the specifications, operation and maintenance (O&M) manuals and warranty information, useful for future maintenance. This eliminates the problems that can currently be experienced if the O&M manual has been misplaced or is kept at a remote location.

 

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