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  • Revit is BIM - Myth

    Many industry professionals takes Revit as a BIM. This situation is turned into a BIG Myth now.
    85% of the industry is facing this situation every day. Neither they understand it nor they want
    to understand. It seems to be that most of the industry is hunted by this MYTH.

    Let’s see Is Revit a BIM ?

    The answer is Big NO. Revit is obviously not a BIM. BIM is a name of standardized processes and
    it’s a complete management system.

    So what is Revit:
    Revit is just a Piece of software which is even not necessary to achieve BIM. Even without Revit you can continue the BIM workflow without any stop.
    Also using Revit in a project does not necessarily mean that you are on BIM Track. To be; BIM enabled, you will have to comply with Standardized processes of BIM.

    To Achieve BIM goals we use many Software and Hardware Technologies but under the protocols of BIM. Combining these technologies altogether help us achieving BIM Goals. And among these many technologies, Revit is one, but not Only.

    For complete details Regarding BIM you can see my previous Article with title “What is BIM” in which I have addressed the topic with enough details that what actually is BIM ?

    Now let’s take a look why most of the people takes Revit as BIM and BIM as Revit ?

    Problem No.1:                   Definitions
    There is no standard kind of definition available over the Internet. And it 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 numbers are still increasing. And in many cases I have seen that some people are directly mentioning Revit as a BIM.  

    Problem No.2:                   Animations by Autodesk
    While keeping in mind that “Revit is BIM” when you see any animation, especially when the animation is produced by Autodesk, then obviously in animation they will discuss more about Revit features and less about BIM to market their product. And by already keeping in mind that Revit is BIM when you see these animations then it seems to be like that Revit is BIM. While in animations obviously they would be explaining that, in the BIM process, how much useful is Revit.
      
    Problem No.3:                   Presentations by Revit User
    When the animation is produced by some Revit user Specially, then obviously they will discuss more about Revit and less about BIM. Once again by keeping in mind that Revit is BIM when you see these  presentations then it seems to be like that Revit is a BIM. While in  presentation they would be explaining that, in the BIM process how Revit can be helpful. But if the presenter is already hunted
    by the Myth then he will directly propagate Revit as a BIM. And it is happening.

    Problem No.4:                   Revit Operators / BIM Modelers
    In the industry Revit users usually called Revit Operators and also BIM Modelers.
    As most of the 3D Modelers and CAD Operators transform their selves into BIM Modeler and then into
    Trainers. In most of the cases they are also not BIM educated. And they advertise and propagate about Revit as a BIM, as per their understanding. Also they train others the same way and transfers the Myth. This inappropriate / incorrect information is considered to be valid as it comes from the industry. This authentic sources leads to unauthentic information. And fuels more on Fire of Myth.    

    Problem No.5:                   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 unauthentic or if the one is already hunt by the MYTH.


    Problem No.6:                   Autodesk Market

    As you know that Revit is product of Autodesk. And Autodesk is holds large market share among competitors. Also their Marketing strategies are huge and so their reach.
     
    Most of the Architectural Engineering & Construction related Mega and Small both Projects are using Autodesk Products like Revit and others. You will hardly see any project without Revit if it’s a BIM Project. This situation also leads to confusion and generates an impression once again, that Revit is BIM.


    That’s how this misleading information is turned into MYTH, that Revit is BIM but actually it is not.

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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;
    https://bimmania.com/playlist/16681B6D3B25

    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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  • BIM is 3D - Myth

    Many industry professionals takes BIM as a 3D. This situation is also a BIG Myth now.
    Most of the industry is facing this situation every day. Either they don’t understand it, or they
    don’t want to understand.

    Let’s analyze, is BIM a 3D ?
    The answer is Big NO. BIM is obviously not a 3D. BIM is a name of standardized processes and
    it’s a complete management system. BIM includes 3D but it’s far more than 3D.

    BIM addresses many standards, some of the majors are;

    • Collaboration Requirements
    • Coordination Requirements
    • Graphical Information / 3D Requirements
    • Data Requirements
    • Platforms for Production Requirements
    • Exchange Platform Requirements
    • Planning Requirements
    • Safety Requirements
    • Project Division Requirements
    • Project Delivery Requirements
      And others…

    Between all of these many standards 3D is there, as one of the standard, but not only.
    BIM starts from 1D, 2D, 3D and up to so on, approaches 7D. Even it has a capability to achieve
    8D. Combination of the all the Standards all together makes BIM a BIM.    

    For more details see my previous Video with title “What is BIM” and also take a look at other
    “Myths of BIM”. Link for the videos will be given under Description.

    Now let’s take a look why most of the people takes 3D as BIM ?


    Problem No.1:                   Definitions

    Still we do not have any uniform kind of definition available. Availability of hundreds of definitions causing
    confusion. Also among these many definitions misleading and incorrect are also there, causing more and more confusion.  


    Problem No.2:                   Animations
    Trying to understand BIM via animations can also cause a confusion, especially when the animation is produced by a
    Software Company, where in their animations they will be showing mostly the 3D graphical sort of things to define the
    functionalities of their software and to market their products in better way. By viewing these animation people usually starts
    taking BIM as a 3D.  

       

    Problem No.3:                   BIM Modelers

    BIM Modelers are normally transformed from CAD Operator or 3D Modeler. Mostly these guys are also not properly BIM
    educated. So they also advertise and propagate about BIM as a 3D, as per their knowledge. Also when they transform
    themselves into trainers they addresses the same thing. Which generate a continuous loop of misunderstanding.

    Problem No.4:                   Irrelevant Person

    Asking someone who is not a BIM Professional or who is not learned BIM from some Authentic BIM related Institution. If so,
    there are higher chances that the information you will receive will be misleading and will put you in a well of Misunderstanding.

    Problem No.5:                   Project Environment
    While working on BIM related project. You will find a specific type of environment. Where mostly everybody will be using one
    common word again and again which is a Model, and as we know Model means a 3D. 

    For example in project environment will come across these wordings like; we Need to prepare a Model, need to modify a
    model, need to update a model, I want to check items from the Model, is Design on the Model, is Model on the Design,
    Quantities from the Model, Clashes from the Model, Planning from the Model, safety from the Model, Submission from the
    Model, data in the Model, Submission through Model and vice versa. 


    So this situation generally creates Impression where even most of the industry professional gets trapped, including most
    relevant persons like BIM Modelers, and starts taking BIM as 3D.

    Plus other issues are also there like General impressions, Lack of BIM knowledge, Lack of BIM awareness, Major shift in
    Industry, Sudden Shift in Industry, Uncertainty and Misunderstandings, and surrounding Myths are already there. This
    situation may easily trap major part of the Organization and then major part of the industry, into Myth that BIM is 3D.
    And this is what we are facing.

    These ways this misleading information is turned into MYTH, that BIM is 3D but actually as you know now, that it is not.

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