Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling

Improve your planning, construction and operations with Building Information Modeling

Building projects, whether in the building construction sector or in the infrastructure sector, are becoming more and more complex. There are lots of reasons for this, one of which is the growing number of people involved in individual projects. And there has also been a significant increase in design variety as well as in safety and sustainability requirements. So it is becoming more and more difficult to manage projects like this while keeping your eyes fixed on the target and ensuring that you keep costs, deadlines and quality standards within the boundaries you have been set.

Help is at hand in the form of Building Information Modeling (BIM) – which is currently revolutionizing planning and construction processes. It is all about bundling planning data together in one system, allowing buildings to be completed on a virtual basis before progressing to physical construction in concrete, steel and glass.

What lies behind BIM?

BIM describes a digital planning process linking all planners together in a single network. BIM planning uses a database to connect information such as room books, dimensions, quantities and item descriptions, all the way through to costs.

At the same time, BIM is also a new form of interdisciplinary team work (collaboration). A virtual simulation forms the basis for the building or infrastructure under construction. The BIM process seeks to arrive at a precise performance prediction enabling the economic and environmental effects of the project to be assessed and optimized.

The BIM value chain stretches from basic evaluation through preliminary planning, design planning, analysis, documentation, the production process (including quantity take-off and schedule planning) and site management to facility management. And the data can even be used at a later stage, when it comes to demolishing or renovating the building, for example.

BIM can be used for more and more activities and application areas.

It is impossible these days for practitioners and observers of the construction and real estate sector to ignore BIM as a fundamental planning and construction tool. Numerous interest groups, working groups, local BIM clusters, the private sector, public sector authorities and other stakeholders have been dealing with Building Information Modeling for quite some time now.

And in global terms, BIM has been up and running for many years. The method has seen a high level of activity in the Anglo-Saxon world, in particular – with corresponding success for builders and other project participants. But BIM is also winning over more and more followers here in Germany, and we now have the first BIM specialist spin-offs for road construction as well as for city and neighborhood projects. 

What does the future hold for BIM? Have a peek inside a model!

Using iPads and augmented reality software, you can go inside a virtual-reality skyscraper and see how individual disciplines are linked to one another. You can have a peek inside the model courtesy of Drees & Sommer’s app for iPhone and iPad – which you can download for free from the App-Store. You will also need to print out the following example.