Building Information Modelling (BIM) is a dynamic architectural modeling software program, which adds depth to your designs. BIM enables users to transform two dimensional designs into three dimensional graphics which can be viewed from different angles. BIM is not only designed to give the buyer, designer, engineer and builder a 3D perspective of the building, it also streamlines production and reduces time and resource wastage.
Each object in the building design can have its own specific attributes; data-rich information sheets that provide the user with object details. For example, if you incorporate an ICF block into your design, you can click on its attributes to retrieve its assembly code, manufacturer, dimensions and a plethora of other information that both designers and construction crews can use. BIM can denote the attributes of specific objects or insert generic objects as the design process develops. The designer can select attributes that enable automatic ordering of building supplies and components from their individual manufacturers. Orders can then be tracked and accurate estimates for costs and building times can be established, thereby increasing the accuracy of building management.
The spatial relations and the relationships of each object to those around it are also portrayed so design flaws and construction constraints are easier to identify during the design phase. Sub contractors are also able to input information to help with planning and logistics which results in fewer unforeseen delays in the construction process.
BIM manages your building information well beyond the design phase and plays a crucial role in construction and project management. BIM enables the construction company to plan and build more efficiently. Accurate, integrated information allows construction crews to stick to realistic timelines. BIM is able to eliminate many of the uncertainties inherent in the construction process by integrating geometric, geographical, design and construction information. BIM communicates directly with suppliers, manufacturers, designers and builders to provide the most up-to-date information which helps builders to meet delivery dates. By constructing the building virtually, BIM is able to foresee possible difficulties to create a safer and more efficient building site. Products can be delivered as required, eliminating the need for securing stockpiled supplies. The streamlining of construction site procedures and the increased accuracy of estimates and plans means less waste.
BIM software enables the highest level of control over your building projects. Its collaborative approach integrates information from all aspects of the building procedure and rationalizes the process of design and construction. Amvic has created a database of all of its ICF components, including the relative attributes for use by designers, engineers and architects who choose to utilize Amvic products. You can view their SmartBIM library here.