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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 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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  • BIM is Slow - Myth

    BIM is Slow

    Many people including some of the, so called BIM professionals (because of lack of knowledge and experience)
    usually thinks, that BIM is Slow. To see this, if BIM is really slow or not ? We will have to take a look at, some of
    the major industrial issues, also we will have to see what BIM offers to rectify them.   

    No.1 - Slow Start Issue
    Using in traditional ways one of the biggest issue is slow start. Because of lack of BIM Data,
    Planning, Management and most of the other things relates to project are not properly streamlined
    in the early stage as it should be.

    On the other hand it is BIM only, which has the best Solution for this issue.

    No.2 - Collaboration Issue

    In traditional ways collaboration is very poor, because we don’t have the good base and required data
    for better Collaboration.

    While in BIM because of availability of Data & Models we can Collaborate between all the disciplines;
    and can detect and solve most of the upcoming issues before going to execution even.
    Like Communication, Planning, Safety, Clashes and so on. 

    Again this is BIM providing the best solution for this issue. 

    No.3 - Accuracy Issue
    In traditional ways accuracy is also a BIG challenge. Because of lack of rich data along with Models
    are not there which makes collaboration almost impossible and thus accuracy appears to be as an issue.

    On the other hand in BIM with the incorporation of BIM Models, Data and with the power of collaboration we can
    achieve high level of accuracy to fasten up the construction process. And receives accurate schedules, BOQs, 
    references, drawings, Construction, Operation and Facility Management Data and other required details. 

    So this is only BIM which has the power to tackle this issue.

    No.4 – Risk Issues
    In construction process using traditional ways we are on risk at every second because of lack of Data
    Graphical and non-graphical, also lack in operation safety capabilities. Even we don’t have much details to
    detect these risks at early stage.

    This is only BIM which tackles this issue, at its best by providing us;  
    1- Fire & safety modelling capabilities  for public safety.
    2- Asset management and BIM modeling benefits to enhance operational safety.
    3- Minimizing construction risks by reviewing complex details or procedures before going on site.

    Again for this issue BIM is the only solution.

    No.5 - Rework Issues
    Traditional ways
    requires a lot of rework because of lack of multi-disciplinary inputs and the absence of
    BIM models many interface issue occurs.

    While in BIM we can have multi-disciplinary checks even before going to execution. The model also enables
    new and existing assets to be integrated seamlessly. And saves a lot of rework in terms of both design and
    execution. Again Less rework is one of the major benefits from BIM.

    No.6 - Planning Issues
    In traditional ways lack of BIM Model means lack of accurate data and so less accurate information

    leads to poor planning. But in BIM with the digital data we can do complex planning in a better way, results in
    better planning which is only possible by implementation BIM. So where is solution, it actually lies in BIM.

    No.7 - Waste Issues
    Traditionally in the absence of BIM exact quantity takeoffs are not available and so over material
    ordered situation is always there.
    Lack of precise program scheduling results delayed delivery of materials
    and equipment, increasing potential for damage. This situation leads to every, one Dollar
    as a waste from three.

    But on the other hand with the power of BIM situation is totally different. in BIM environment Material orders,
    Quantity, program and scheduling is always at its best. Automated fabrication of equipment 

    and components enables more efficient materials handling, management & waste recovery.

    Again BIM is the only solution we have to tackle this issue.

    No.8 - Sustainability Issues
    Using traditional ways sustainability is a big challenge. In absence of BIM its very difficult to perform
    certain type of analysis like energy, lightning, wind roses and many others accurately.

    While BIM gives us chance to perform and 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’s operational and  life-cycle cost.
    But in traditional ways the case is opposite.

    So it is BIM actually offering the solution.

    No.9 - Building Life-cycle Issue
    In traditional Ways Building life Cycle is again as one of the biggest issues. As because of non-existence of the
    digitized BIM Model and lack of data its almost impossible.

    On the other hand BIM is fully equipped to handle this issue and is found to be very effective.
    As BIM comes with all major and minor details of the project including sustainability compatibility. 
    This makes building life cycle easier than ever.

    So again it is the BIM offering the solution for this issue in a practical and verified way.

    No.10 - Delayed Project Delivery
    In traditional ways with the presence of all described issues, the situation leads to delay, in Project Delivery, and
    thus increase in Cost.But with the power of BIM you can achieve the state of fast project delivery and huge cutup in cost.  

    So as per the analysis, experiments, practical implementation and experience, it is found to be that BIM is not slow
    in any of the manners. But BIM is the solution of Industrial problems, at its best.
    And if any of the way BIM is making you slow, then it simply means that problem is somewhere inside your
    Organization, and you need to have some experienced BIM Team.

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