Building Information Modeling
BIM is process of designing a building collaboratively using one coherent system of computer models rather than as separate sets of drawings. BIM improves the way we design and construct buildings and infrastructure, while allowing us to better manage and utilize space on campus. With BIM, our drawings are more than flat lines, they become a virtual building.
BIM knows what a wall is, what it is made out of, what color it is, how big it is and where it is. All of the intelligent parameters of a BIM model can be defined by the owner; things like model, size and color are just a few examples. With BIM, we no longer think in a horizontal environment, we begin thinking vertically. In our current space management process, we can track space and space types in AutoCAD, but with Revit, we can track and define every existing condition within a building.
The BIM can quickly track and report the space, occupancy, department, occupant, area and volume. Within BIM, our drawings and spreadsheets are one. The cross walk of data from one program to the other no longer needed. If data within the drawing changes, the spreadsheet within the BIM is updated instantly.
B.I.M. is more than just 3D design, it’s intelligent!