BIM

The land surveyor is collecting more data indoors. Not because of climate change, but because metropolises continue to expand and urbanites increasingly live, shop, work and recreate in huge edifices. Outdoor infrastructure has to be monitored and maintained. Indoor infrastructure too requires proper management. A key prerequisite is accurate, detailed and up-to-date information. So facility managers need information on interior space: floor plans, 3D models and other (geometric) data. Integrated drawings, geo-data and non-graphical data in a computer storage medium is a Building Information Model (BIM). A BIM is an n-dimensional digital representation of a building, where ‘n’ may vary... (read more)
2011-02-22 03:54:01 Mathias Lemmens, senior editor, GIM International

BIM: Building Information Model

Standards and Interoperability for the AEC market
A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a building. Construction and management of buildings involves many stake­holders, so that proper sharing of information over the entire lifecycle of a building is very important. The Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC) is developing BIM standards that promote efficient web-based information sharing in the Architectural, Engineering, Construction and building Ownership and Operation (AECOO) markets.     BIM standards are crucial for increasing productivity, more and more important in a world struggling to recover from problems related to real-estate financing. Standards reduce costs in design, construction and... (read more)
2009-01-12 01:50:24 Sam Bacharach, OGC, USA

BIM: Steppingstone in Disaster Management

A Building Information Model (BIM) is a digital representation of a building. Such a model acts as a shared database for constructor, owner and operator to aid in managing a building construction and its facilities throughout its entire lifecycle. The geometric and semantic entities of the database describes elements such as walls, slabs, stairs, windows and doors; their materials and relationships between them. In addition to geometric/topological and semantic information, BIMs also provide highly accurate and detailed data about the current state of building elements. BIMs have won much attention recently; their use in the architecture/engineering/construction (AEC) industry is rapidly... (read more)
2009-05-29 12:00:00 Umit Isikdag

Collaborative BIM Tools for Crossrail

Bentley Systems, USA, has announced two initiatives to support the construction phase of Crossrail through London - Europe’s largest construction project. The initiatives are aimed at integrating the whole Crossrail supply chain to create best practices in information modelling for construction. They are in keeping with the UK’s Government Construction Strategy, which calls for replacing adversarial cultures in projects with collaborative ones.   To get to this stage, Crossrail’s Enterprise License Subscription (ELS) for Bentley’s application software portfolio will be broadened to serve the extended “Crossrail enterprise”, now encompassing its Tier 1 contractors. Crossrail’s ELS connects project participants through the... (read more)
2012-02-13 11:10:57

Trimble Extends its BIM-to-field Capabilities

Trimble (USA) has introduced the first integration of SketchUp file import capabilities into the Trimble Field Link layout software. By supporting model data from Tekla, Autodesk and now SketchUp, Trimble has extended its capabilities in bringing constructible Building Information Modelling (BIM) solutions from the office to the field. Recently acquired by Trimble from Google, SketchUp Pro is used by architects, general, steel and concrete contractors, and mechanical, engineering and plumbing (MEP) contractors to easily create 3D models for visualisation of residential and commercial building construction projects. The Trimble Field Link layout software is part of Trimble's construction layout solutions that... (read more)
2012-08-02 12:22:36

Trimble Acquires BIM Pioneer Vianova Systems

Trimble has acquired Vianova Systems, a Norwegian company specialising in Building Information Modelling (BIM) software for infrastructure design software solutions across the European region. Vianova Systems is regarded as a pioneer in the development of software leveraging advanced BIM technology for the civil engineering market and infrastructure lifecycle management across road, rail, sea and air infrastructure design. The company offers a portfolio of solutions for civil engineers, civil contractors and project owners. The solutions provided by Vianova Systems include specialist tools for road, rail, utility, site, bridge and tunnel civil design, advanced geotechnical analysis and sophisticated model-based multiuser collaboration tools.... (read more)
2015-09-03 09:43:10

Cloud Services for Next Generation BIM

Autodesk BIM 360 has been presented as the next generation of Building Information Modelling (BIM). It includes a set of cloud services that will provide anytime, anywhere access to BIM project information throughout the project lifecycle. Autodesk BIM 360 will work with BIM solutions for design, construction and operations including the Autodesk Building Design Suite and Autodesk Infrastructure Design Suite. BIM is an intelligent 3D model–based process that provides insight for creating and managing building and civil infrastructure projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact. "Cloud-connected workflows are giving our customers worldwide a better way to work with... (read more)
2012-06-19 09:29:59

Advancing BIM Software Interoperability in China

CABR Technology (CABRTech), China, and Bentley Systems, USA, have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) establishing a long-term partnership to advance building information modelling (BIM) software interoperability in China. As a first step, CABRTech will facilitate data exchange between its PKPM structural design products and Bentley software. This initiative will provide increased information mobility among the users of PKPM software and all Bentley Integrated Structural Modelling (ISM)-enabled products, including AECOsim Building Designer, streamlining BIM workflows and resulting in increased productivity and enhanced project quality. Under the MOU, CABRTech and Bentley also will initiate an in-depth study and collaboration to research... (read more)
2012-08-08 04:56:02

New Autodesk Technologies Unveiled for BIM

Autodesk has unveiled several highly interesting new technologies for Building Information Modelling (BIM) at its annual user conference, Autodesk University. With these announcements and numerous other recent innovations, Autodesk continues to extend BIM value across the full lifecycle of the built environment for Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) professionals in the building and infrastructure industries. Autodesk is expanding the reach of BIM on multiple fronts – into conceptual design on one end of the spectrum and into construction on the other.  Their advancements are empowering professionals to move from designing objects and simply representing their ideas in 2D and 3D... (read more)
2013-12-06 09:38:25

Time for Point Cloud-based BIM Models?

Why base the terrain model in infrastructure projects on 'old' contour maps when you can get a fresh and more accurate representation of the terrain based on laser scanning? That's the question posed by Håkon Andresen, business developer at Blom, a European service provider of surveying, processing and modelling of geographic information. This is a timely question since the laser scanning technology and modelling technology is fully available. In fact, most large-scale mapping projects in Scandinavia today produce point cloud models using laser scanning from aircraft. Yet, most often it is traditional contour maps that are still being used in... (read more)
2013-12-03 09:32:07
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