What is BIM?
Building information modeling (BIM) is one of the most promising recent developments in the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. With BIM technology, an accurate virtual model of a building is digitally constructed. This model, known as a BIM, can be used for planning, design, construction, and operation of the facility. It helps architects, engineers, and constructors visualise what is to be built in a simulated environment to identify any potential design, construction, or operational issues. BIM represents a new paradigm within AEC, one that encourages integration of the roles of all stakeholders on a project.
While the use of BIM technology for facility management is still developing, the potential to dramatically improve the effectiveness of building lifecycle management is clear.
At its most basic, BIM encompasses two key attributes:
- Object intelligence: the ability to associate material and assembly data with graphic elements.
- 3D: complete 3D graphic representation of buildings.
BIM surged by 75% in the last 5 years, and today almost three-quarters of the North American building industry uses BIM to deliver better performing, higher-quality buildings. The use of BIM for infrastructure projects is accelerating as well, with 80 percent of engineering service providers and owners reporting they expect to use BIM on projects within the next two years.
The urge of information management
As the use of BIM grows, so does the amount of digital project information. The continuity of this information throughout a project’s lifecycle is critical for the fulfillment of BIM’s value. With this proliferation of information, companies need a more integrated approach for capturing, managing, and sharing data among increasingly diverse and distributed project teams in order to maximise the business benefits of BIM processes.
Many of today’s complex projects are developed by multidiscipline teams that are geographically distributed across several firms and even multiple continents. The transparent flow of information through these distributed teams is critical for project collaboration and informed decision-making. It is also critical that the team’s project data and multidiscipline models be shared on a regular basis for project coordination, design review, and analysis. In addition, the project data needs to be organized and accessible; secure yet available to the right people, in the right context. BIM assists teams in collaboration.
BIM Management and PLM
thinkproject France and the Scientific & Technical Building Center, CSTB merged their expertise in the digital field to create a collaborative platform including thinkproject France solution and the CSTB BIM digital models “eveBIM”. This tool optimises the process of collaboration between the various trades involved on a project of sustainable building, through BIM using IFC format.
Using BIM management and PLM solution together, participants are able to comment and share their remarks. Better managing change requests, participants are aware of impacts and implement corrective actions.
Integrated IFC viewer in BIM
thinkproject France integrates IFC viewer « eveBIM » from the CSTB in PLM solutions. Participants benefit from IFC files directly on their platform.
able to comment and share their remarks. Better managing change requests, participants are aware of impacts and implement corrective actions.
Through the unique repository provided by think project France, construction professionals add their input in IFC format. Each business department is able to use last updated version of BIM and attach comments, remarks on it. Change management is also possible, robust impact management on think project France suite assist decision makers and management to evaluate project advancement, costs and resources needed.
BIM project speed-up
Through proper change and impact management, better collaboration and improved lifecycle management, participants speed up project. Bottlenecks are easily identified and deadline reached on-time.
Automatic information sharing
Participants are automatically alerted of any IFC files or comments update or upload.
Benefits of a combined BIM-PLM solution
A BIM-PLM platform is useful to structure and smooth data and information exchange between many businesses. Benefits in a extensive solution are :