Building information modeling (BIM) labs are playing important roles to create design for waterways, roads, bridges, buildings, factories, electrical grids, and a wide array of other modern infrastructures. Several educational institutions are now utilizing BIM labs.
The companies, academic establishments and developers utilize BIM software and customize it according to the existing projects. Most of them prefer to integrate the factors like time of construction & cost which the conventional 3D CAD-type software (such as Revit, Autodesk Building Design Suite, and Graphisoft's ArchiCAD) lacks. As per the requirements of the project, other information like the manufacturer's details (product information and production) as well as maintenance information and projected maintenance cycles over time are also included with BIM.
To reap skills of the engineering students, several colleges are inviting technoglogy companies for obtaining the most excellent visual equipment in their BIM labs for superior practical and theoretical training.
George Brown College in Toronto applies Christie Digital Systems to set the new BIM Lab at the school's Centre for Construction and Engineering Technologies. The high-tech lab will be equipped with three outsized immersive screens which will allow the students to envisage, design, and collaborate with each other on various types of projects in a virtual reality environment. Three Mirage WU7K-M 120 Hz stereoscopic 3D DLP projectors, pumping out 6,300 ANSI lumens each, will make stunning presentations of those screens. The 55-pound projectors sport a 10,000:1 contrast ratio containing the HD resolution of 1,920p x 1,200p through a Widescreen Ultra Extended Graphics array (WUXGA).
The Mirage projectors attribute three modes of 3D input - the WUXGA (DVI-D) listed above, analog BMC, and frame-doubled DVI-D - which comes up several connection options for the applied PCs or servers. Dual Osram PvIP 200W LED lamps featuring 2,000 hours of life enlighten the projectors to produce dazzling, highly comprehensive images.
NC State's lab was equipped with Christie MicroTiles, projectors, and Spyder X20 video processors utilized with a diversified research projects and a technology forum of sorts for lectures and social gatherings. The MicroTiles can attach with each other to make a display screen in almost any required shape. The 16-inch x 12-inch cubes are set up with their own short-throw projector that turn outs an image from a LED light source and DLP optical micro-mirror device.