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What is the meaning of BIM?
Modern design software which is mostly used by architects is referred to as BIM which is the short form for Building Information Modeling. This software can be used to create a virtual 3D model of a building where all aspects necessary for its construction and maintenance can be incorporated. Everything other than geometry and spatial relationships, which will include building materials, cost estimates, sustainability, and much more.
The most important aspect of BIM is how it allows collaborations to take place. You can share with your whole team all the necessary documents, blueprints, and schedules that can be integrated into the program.
The best part is that whenever anyone from the team will make any changes to the model the others who has access to it will receive an update.
Largely speaking, BIM isn’t just software but a lot more and has been able to revolutionize the way construction works.There is no need for physical documentation and long discussions about every aspect of the project now. There is an increase in the efficiency when the whole team can work as one, by contributing to the project seamlessly. The previous constructed lines that separated designers, builders, and contractors are now falling apart, and hopefully in the near future it will not exist.
What can we expect from BIM in the future?
At the current moment BIM is the tool of choice for countless architects, engineers, and builders all across the globe. Knowing how fast technology evolves stating anything for sure is nearly impossible.
Even though it is hard to be exact but stated below are some of the guesses made according to current trends.
BIM will be used after the design stage
As mentioned previously, BIM is a lot more than just a design program. In different stages of construction and building maintenance this software can be used. Considering the amount of project information BIM contains it can be extremely helpful in the whole building lifecycle.
At this present stage, BIM will only be used for design and nothing more.Currently, only 14% of owners are of the belief that BIM can be used for maintenance and regular building operations. Even in the construction stage only about 41% of building companies are of the belief that BIM can speed up project completion.
The more people will learn about BIM’s capability the more they will start to trust and use it in different ways. Therefore, in the future we can hope to see BIM not only dominating design and architecture but also construction, facility management, and other building lifecycle phases.
BIM will integrate with other software
Translating information from one software to another is the most time taking and tedious aspects of design and construction. In case two programs are not compatible then important data can be lost and the whole recovery process can take months.
The amount of work you have to do is unimaginable.
Thankfully in the future technology will be all about compatibility and collaboration.
In this case BIM will not be an exception — with time it will definitely be able to easily integrate with AR/VR, 3D printing, the Internet of Things, and even AI. This will help in smooth functioning of everything ranging from design to maintenance and everything will be automated as well.
An integration of BIM with AR or VR will completely change the industry. The thought of experiencing your creation in a real environment can be such a delight instead of just viewing it on screen.
It will also make spotting mistakes and issues easier and you can also come up with new and better designs.