Building Information Modeling Systems

Building Information Modeling Systems

Forget the old way of drawing up plans to build the Chase Tower. Think of a way where you could construct it on your computer, and work on it from basically anywhere. All the components that you can imagine can be isolated as objects and when you change one dimension, the proper parts change with it. Are we crazy if we want to eventually find a program that does this? No, not at all, because there is one that actually exists. If you have yet to hear about Building Information Modeling, or BIM, than the entire idea is a process where a building is created in a 3-dimensional modeling system.


According to Wikipedia: BIM involves representing a design as combinations of “objects” – vague and undefined, generic or product-specific, solid shapes or void-space oriented (like the shape of a room), that carry their geometry, relations and attributes. BIM design tools allow extraction of different views from a building model for drawing production and other uses. These different views are automatically consistent, being based on a single definition of each object instance.[9] BIM software also defines objects parametrically; that is, the objects are defined as parameters and relations to other objects, so that if a related object is amended, dependent ones will automatically also change.[9] Each model element can carry attributes for selecting and ordering them automatically, providing cost estimates as well as material tracking and ordering.[9]

BIM is incredibly unique because it is dynamic. Want to be able to have your cake and eat it too? Well, then you’ll be a fan. There is a ton of information needed to construct a model, but the model will help you make decisions about the construction of the building as well as making future additions and changes. It’s the most complex way to keep it simple.

A well constructed model on a Building Information Modeling System will have each component of the building (HVAC, Electrical Components, Fire Safety, and even office equipment too) isolated so that certain industry professionals will know where a problem occurred and how to fix it.

BIM Systems also allow for data collection. Is a building using more energy in different locations? How can we improve efficiency to save money on electricity? Where is the most heat loss or heat gain happening?  Can we re-use any waste?

Catching any trends?

Efficiency and Data Analysis are the key words that many business’ want to focus on. BIM systems help to identify ways where money can be saved. Starting at the initial ground breaking ceremony to opening the door for the first time this system can be an incredible tool for Operations crews and Superintendents. Here are some ways a system like this can be helpful

  • Improved productivity due to easy retrieval of information
  • image-VirtualBuildingImproved visualization
  • Increased coordination of construction documents
  • Embedding and linking of vital information such as vendors for specific materials, location of details and quantities required for estimation and tendering
  • Increased speed of delivery
  • Reduced costs

Surely this system could also be used for proper dis-assembly of the building too…if you use it properly, but no one wants to tear down Rome!