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  • BIM is Software - Myth

    Is BIM a Software ?

    The answer is Big NO.
    BIM is obviously not a software it’s a standardized process. For complete details you can see my
    previous video “What is BIM” in which I have addressed the topic with enough details that what
    actually is BIM ? Link for the Videos are provided below;

    Now let’s analyze why most of the people takes BIM as a piece of software ?

    Problem No.1:                   Definitions

    There is no standard kind of definition available over the Internet and seems to be that everybody is supposed to do it’s on kind of definition. As hundreds of definitions are available over the internet and there numbers are still increasing.
    And many non-professionals are also in the stream of development of more and more definitions.
    This situation is fairly enough to generate the Myth we are discussing.  

    Problem No.2:                   Animations
    Animation(s) available over the internet causing such Impression that BIM is more likely a software.
    As most of the Animations are prepared by software companies, who produce BIM enabled
    software(s) so in their Animations they discuss more about the software(s) and less about BIM. Which
    gives a software like Impression. Off course they do it to market their product. And so it is also leading to confusion.
    Problem No.3:                   BIM Modelers
    As most of the 3D Modelers and CAD Operators transform their selves into BIM Modeler and then into
    Trainers. Most of the cases they are also not BIM educated. And they advertise and propagate about BIM as a Software as per their understanding. This inappropriate / incorrect information is considered to be genuine as it comes from industry. This authentic sources leads to unauthentic information.
    Which weight a lot to solidate the MYTH we are discussing.    

    Problem No.4:                   Irrelevant Person

    Asking someone who is not a BIM Professional or who is not learned BIM as part of the education.
    If so, there are higher chances that the information you are receiving is misleading, as if the asked person’s source of information is, the one we just discussed above.

    That’s how this misinformation is turned into MYTH, that BIM is a Software but actually it is not.

    by: Omare M.A.

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  • Benefits of BIM

    Benefits of BIM

    As it is said that every 1 Dollar from 3, spent in Construction project goes waste. Even In
    developed countries where construction management being used on its highest level. So
    you can guess the situation for rest.

    So lets have a look on Some of the Major Benefits of BIM…

    Quick Start
    It gives you quick start than the other traditional ways. As in a BIM based project you
    workout for everything before execution. This work includes Design, 3D Modeling,
    Planning, Management and most of the other things relates to project. It acts like fueling
    a rocket before takeoff. So once it takeoff what you get a super speed.
    Same here with BIM if everything goes well you receive a quick start and nonstop

    Better Collaboration
    While creation of all the Models we can Collaborate between all the disciplines like;
    Architecture, Structure & MEP and can have and resolve all the upcoming issues before
    going to execution. Issues may alike Communication, Planning, Safety, Clashes and so on.
    By implementing this procedure on the end; what we get, a reduction in time and cost.

    As in the 3D Model we incorporate each and every necessary details and with the power
    of collaboration we can achieve high level of accuracy. Which will help us fasten up the
    construction process. As with the power of 3D Model we get accurate schedules, BOQs,
    references, drawings, Data and other required details. The result will be high level
    of accuracy and reduction in time and cost.

    Risk Reduction
    1- Crowd behavior and fire & safety modelling capability enable designs to be optimized
        for public safety.
    2- Asset managers can use the 3D model to enhance operational safety.
    3- Contractors can minimize construction risks by reviewing complex details or
        procedures before going on site.

    Less Rework
    Integrating multi-disciplinary design inputs using a BIM models allows interface issues to
    be identified and resolved in advance of construction, eliminating the cost and time
    impacts of redesign. The model also enables new and existing assets to be integrated
    seamlessly. Less rework saves a lot of time and again Cost.

    Better Planning
    BIM models provides us a huge amount of expensive and accurate data as well as
    Information. And so with that data we can do complex planning in a better way in an
    hassle free and fearless environment. And that environment gives birth to better planning.

    Reduce Waste
    With the power of BIM exact quantity take-offs mean that materials are not
    over-ordered. Precise program scheduling enables just-in-time delivery of materials
    and equipment, reducing potential for damage. Use of the BIM model for automated
    fabrication of equipment and components enables more efficient materials handling,
    management & waste recovery.

    Using BIM models we can perform certain type of analysis like energy, lightning, wind roses
    and many others accurately and easily. This ability gives us chance to achieve
    Sustainability in a variety of ways. And With sustainability we saves energy and life
    span of building. This leads to huge cutup in building lifecycle cost.

    BIM makes possible swift and accurate comparison of different design options, enabling
    development of more efficient, cost-effective and sustainable solutions.
    Members of the project team can feedback information about the performance of processes
    and items of equipment, driving improvements on subsequent projects. Which leads to best

    Building Lifecycle
    As after construction operational and maintenance cost may rise up to 100 times the construction
    cost. Under these manners building life cycle should be highly considered to reduce the cost.

    As BIM comes with all major and minor details of the project including sustainability compatibilities.
    This makes building lifecycle easier than ever. As BIM model will be available with you in a soft form,
    so whenever you need any information it’s just a click away.

    Information like; products information MEP routings Architectural and Structural element
    positions. So its gives the power of maintainability possibilities. 

    And also for the next time you will not have to visit the Site to see the possibilities of renovations / changes. You would have the site in your hands. Access it from anywhere, even where ever you are.
    All these leads to highest impact on lifecycle on Cost in terms of energy, repairing, recycling facility management and more.  

    Fast Project Delivery
    The Combination all the described benefits BIM leads to fast Project Delivery.

    If BIM is applied as per its real soul. It can leads to reduction in construction cost by up 30% Plus.

    by: Omare M.A.


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  • What is BIM

    Little Background ?

    In early stages BIM was not BIM but it was called a Building Model – BM and also in some regions it was called Virtual Model – VM. The term BIM become popular around 2002 when Autodesk Published its white Paper using the word Building Information Modeling.

    So What is BIM basically ?

    About BIM you can simply say a process of creation with complete information via specified
    procedures, is called BIM.

    As we have many procedures available from different Countries and Regions, to which we can choose from. And it will be decided by Client, Designer and/or Consultant.
    Then all stakeholders will be notified and properly directed to follow which Standards.

    Let’s see Some of the Prominent BIM Standard Procedures; 

    How to Collaborate & Coordinate

    For Collaboration and Coordination you will be notified that standard procedures to be followed
    and how. Within the given guideline and standards each and every stakeholder will collaborate and coordinate with each and other. These guidelines includes Codifications, Data Arrangement Systems, Data Management System, Data sharing systems and more.    

    Which Platform(s) to be used for Collaboration & Coordination

    You will also be notified that how Collaboration & Coordination environment will be established.
    That kind of platform Usually called CDE. Here CDE means Common Data Environment.
    Two famous CDE’s are “Autodesk BIM360” and “Projecwise”. ACONEX is also used for Data Sharing and management. Guidelines and data management criteria and many other criteria will also be established for usage of CDE and for other correspondence plus data sharing purposes.

    3-      How much Graphical Information will be Produced

    You will also be notified that how much Graphical Information will be produced. Here Graphical Information means a 3D Model. It will be established that how much detailed “3D Model” will be produced using how many stages and using which and how many Software(s). 3D Modeling standards and procedures with examples will be provided for reference.

     4-      How much non-Graphical Information will be associated

    Here non-graphical information means Data. You will be directed that how much non-Graphical
    is required to produce for the client. This information is used for Quantifications, Facility management, Construction management, Building lifecycle management and others.
    And how this Data of information with be populated within 3D Model and extracted out from 3D Model.

    5-      Which Platforms to be used for Graphical Information

    Here Graphical Information means 3D Model. You will also be informed about platform(s) or software(s) packages to be used for Production of Graphical Information for each and every scope of work and trade such as; Architectural, Structural, MEP, Infraworks and Road works and planning, safety and simulations (Means Construction related Animations). Each and every stakeholder will have to follow described software packages for their scope of work. Some of the platforms or software(s) to achieve the output are; Revit, ArchiCAD, TEKLA, Navisoworks, AutoCAD Civil 3D, Infraworks, Synchro Pro, Allplan, and many others.

    How cross platform Graphical Information will be shared

    You will also be provided with the cross platform graphical information exchange procedure.
    Here cross platform means sharing or exchange of 3D Model / Data between non-compatible
    and different brand of software(s).
    Example of non-compatible software are;

    Revit vs TEKLA vs ArchiCAD & 3D Model Production
    Navisworks vs Synchro Pro à Planning and Construction Simulation
    Civil 3D and Microstation à for Sitework and Roadwork

    In every project we have to cope with such a situation, so solutions and precautions are provided and described as per past practices and experience.
    These solutions helps us to make project streamlined with smooth work flow. 


    7-      Project Planning and Simulation for Safety & Execution

    You will also be provided with codifications, procedure manuals and will be suggested
    to use which technology to use, which codes to use and how and when, all of these helps communication easier and better between different stakeholders.
    It will also be defined that when to use the information for further processes like animations or simulation of project construction stages, equipment loading / unloading, simulation, installations simulation, simulations for safety, construction and also execution etc.

    For example for project planning you will using Primavera, and for 3D Modeling you will use Revit and for construction Animation you will use Navisworks.

    So to streamline the process you will follow some same codification to automate the process, as in Revit elements you are assigning some codes to the elements then same codes you will have to use in Primavera. So when you will bring your model to Navisworks then these same codification will help you to Automate the construction simulation or animation and this way you can save the time.

    Then further with the help of this simulation or animation you can judge the site conditions and can plan for material arrival, dumping locations, health and safety impacts and can have better predictions toward problems and their solutions.

    8-      Project stages from Design As-built & Delivery

    Under these standards project stages will also be directed to streamline the process. For example it will be directed that under which stage how much information you will feed in the models or in documents and on which stage you will perform other tasks and when and how you will complete the whole process for construction, documentation, as-built and finally, the deliver.

    All of these plus other procedures combined together makes BIM a BIM.

    by: Omare M.A.

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