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Building Information Modeling - BIM - What Is It?

Building Information Modeling (BIM) Process:

Building Information Modeling allows architects, designers, engineers, manufacturers, CGI experts, developers & contractors to work in collaboration. By working from the same 3D building information models, projects can be designed, constructed & management with far more efficiency and accuracy.

BIM Process

BIM Object creation for manufacturers and suppliers (BIM Model Creation)
BIM content distribution (design platform)
In-house BIM object creation for Architects & Designers
Renderings, Animation & CGI
Virtual Reality Models
Interactive & Viral Web development
BIM project model creation
Design & Working documentation for projects
Database driven web applications
BIM & Project consulting & mentoring

Building Product Manufacturer:

By making parametric BIM models of your products available  to Architects & Designers, you unlock more value in your product information and allow Architects & Designers to more easily use and make decisions on your products. Thus increasing your return on investment.

BIM Design Platforms

MODLAR - Design Platform [Architects & Building Products] - a platform which supports architects, designers, and specifiers throughout every step of the commercial architectural design process.
Modlar helps bring great design to life by connecting architects from the world's top firms with building products from the world's best brands.
SOURCE: https://www.barringtonarch.com

Manufacturers BIM Content:

Distributed via the online BIM network channels
SOURCE: https://www.bimobject.com/en-us
The World's Leading BIM Content Platform
59,457 product families  366,352 parametric BIM objects   61,493,655 articles

Architect:

Use BIM software to produce documentation from design to working documentation. All documentation is produced more accurately and efficiently

Owner/Developer:

Can keep a closer eye on the project, allowing them to manage costs and the project outcome.

Engineers:

Can produce their documentation directly from the Architect's BIM model. Allowing them to work more accurately and quickly see how decisions effect the overall project.

Contractor:

Contractors can manage costs & time more easily & see how changes will effect the project in advance

CGI, Rendering & Marketing:

CGI firms can use the BIM models to produce all of their renders, animations & marketing material from the project's 3D NIM model.Thus saving them time & allowing them to keep up with changes

1. What is the use of BIM?
Useful though they are, BIM can be used to create more than just 2D drawings and 3D models. Some systems can be used to produce models that incorporate additional elements, such as time and cost, to create holistic packages of information regarding the functionality as well as the design of the building.
SOURCE: https://constructible.trimble.com/construction-industry/top-10-reasons-to-implement-bim

2. What is the purpose of BIM?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition.
SOURCE: https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling

3. What are BIM levels?
BIM level 2. ... There are a number of 'levels of maturity' of BIM: Level 0 describes unmanaged CAD (Computer Aided Design). Level 1 describes managed CAD in 2D or 3D. Level 2 involves developing building information in a collaborative 3D environment with data attached, but created in separate discipline models.

4. Why is BIM important?
5 Important Reasons to Use Building Information Modeling (BIM) BIM, a 3D model-based process, is revolutionizing the way we plan, construct and manage our buildings. ... This transformation means better buildings in more and better places, as well as a more profitable industry.
SOURCE: https://www.globalrealestateexperts.com/2018/05/5-important-reasons-to-use-building-information-modeling/

5. Why do we use BIM?
Useful though they are, BIM can be used to create more than just 2D drawings and 3D models. Some systems can be used to produce models that incorporate additional elements, such as time and cost, to create holistic packages of information regarding the functionality as well as the design of the building.
SOURCE: https://constructible.trimble.com/construction-industry/top-10-reasons-to-implement-bim

6. What can BIM do?
Creating a digital Building Information Model allows those who work with or interact with the building to optimize actions offering a greater whole life value. “BIM is not a piece of software, it's a way to do things.” BIM has created a digital revolution within the construction industry. ... BIM is a new way of working.
SOURCE: https://www.trace-software.com/blog/what-can-bim-do-for-you/

7. What are the advantages of BIM?
Marketing and the ability to promote new BIM-related services are among the top benefits reported. The sense that BIM creates an overall better product is also very beneficial. Productivity issues, such as reducing rework and errors, ranked higher than benefits related directly to time savings and cost reduction.

8. Is BIM the future?
The Future Of Construction – BIM. BIM – building information modeling – is the future of construction industry. ... That's why, it's critical for all construction agents to be aware of the different BIM maturity levels. Before we go further with that, it would really be useful to try to define what BIM actually means.
SOURCE: https://geniebelt.com/blog/bim-maturity-levels

9. Who invented BIM?
The practice started in the late 80's with programs such as ArchiCAD and Architrion. I believe ArchiCAD was the first program that could be properly described as BIM. If so it's reasonable to say that Gabor Bojar and the early developers at Graphisoft invented it.
SOURCE: https://www.quora.com/Who-invented-Building-Information-Modeling

10. What is a BIM specialist?
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically, and with less environmental impact.
SOURCE: https://academy.autodesk.com/career/bim-specialist

11. What is a BIM coordinator?
Building information modeling (BIM) is a data-led process that allows project teams to manage information from the design stage and throughout the construction lifecycle. Get the skills you need to become an integral part of a design team as a BIM Coordinator. Apply an understanding of BIM principles to projects.

12. How much does a BIM modeler make?
A Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordinator earns an average salary of $53,723 per year. The skills that increase pay for this job the most are AutoCAD Revit Architecture Suite and Autodesk Revit Structure. People in this job generally don't have more than 20 years' experience.

13. What is BIM course?
Architects, engineers, and clients use building information modeling (BIM) software to collaborate on a building design before construction starts. Our BIM training gets you up to speed with premier drafting programs, such as Revit Architecture and CAD.
SOURCE: https://www.lynda.com/BIM-training-tutorials/1293-0.html
SOURCE: https://www.udemy.com/bim-training/
SOURCE: https://www.udemy.com/topic/bim/
SOURCE: https://uscad.com/training/
SOURCE: https://bim.school/

14. Which is the best BIM software?
Best 3D Architecture / BIM Software in 2019 (Many are Free)
AutoCAD Architecture.
Revit.
ArchiCAD.
Vectorworks.
MicroStation.
Allplan.
Rhinoceros.
BricsCAD BIM.
SOURCE: https://m.all3dp.com/1/best-3d-architecture-software/

15. What is the BIM process?
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.
SOURCE: https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/bim

16. BIM for beginners
SOURCE: https://www.theb1m.com/BIM-For-Beginners
In the context of construction, BIM is the process of delivering and operating built assets using well-structured digital information that all the necessary parties ...

The Process of BIM | BIM modeling and data management
SOURCE: https://www.bimmodel.co/single-post/2016/08/16/The-Process-of-BIM
Aug 16, 2016 - This article presents how the construction industry has been driven by the BIM process and how Autodesk BIM 360's components can help ...

Building information modeling - Wikipedia
SOURCE: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Building_information_modeling
Building information modeling (BIM) is a process involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of ...

BIM – UNDERSTANDING THE PROCESS
The State‐of‐the‐Art Tool in Design and Construction
SOURCE: http://www.samedcpost.org/docs/presentation_bim_031611.pdf

Developing Data + BIM Components:

BIM Workflow Diagram
SOURCE: https://www.google.com/search?lei=SxStXNi-Eova5gKjiIMY&q=bim%20workflow%20diagram&ved=2ahUKEwjXxtrX_8PhAhUCrlkKHc-MA4QQsKwBKAB6BAgEEAE&biw=1087&bih=655

BIM Workflow Process
SOURCE: https://www.google.com/search?lei=SxStXNi-Eova5gKjiIMY&q=bim%20workflow%20process&ved=2ahUKEwjXxtrX_8PhAhUCrlkKHc-MA4QQsKwBKAF6BAgEEAI&biw=1087&bih=655

17. What MEP means?
Mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) refers to these aspects of building design and construction. In commercial buildings these aspects are often designed by an engineering firm specializing in MEP.

18. What is the difference between engineer and architect?
An architect designs and draws up plans for buildings, bridges, and other structures. ... The key difference between an architect and an engineer is that an architect focuses more on the artistry and design of the building, while the engineer focuses more on the technical and structural side.
SOURCE: https://www.teachengineering.org/lessons/view/cub_intro_lesson03

19. What subjects are needed for architectural engineering?
Architectural engineering bachelor's degree programs include classes in math, science, architectural design, construction, and business. Much of the coursework focuses on electrical design, structural acoustics and construction materials. Programs often require the following courses: Fluid mechanics.
SOURCE: https://study.com/architectural_engineering.html

20. Do I need a designer or an architect?
About Designers. Designers usually do not have academic training in architecture and engineering but are experienced in interior space planning and simple additions. If you're remodeling a kitchen or adding a family room, a designer may have all the skills you need.

21. Do architects earn more than engineers?
The average salary for an Architectural Engineer is $63,999 per year. A skill in Autodesk Revit MEP is associated with high pay for this job. Pay for this job does not change much by experience, with the most experienced earning only a bit more than the least.
SOURCE: https://www.payscale.com/research/US/Job=Architectural_Engineer/Salary

22. How much do architects charge to design a house?
Most architects who charge on a percentage basis will charge 8-15% of the total cost of the project, so you can plan on spending $800 to $1,500 for every $10,000 worth of work you want done. Overall, after analyzing more than 800 architect contracts, the average price to hire an architect is $4,666.
SOURCE: https://www.improvenet.com/r/costs-and-prices/architect-cost-estimator

23. How much is a draftsman?
A normal hourly rate for a draftsman will be around $100-$130 per hour. Architects will charge slightly more at $100-$140 per hour for a blueprint 1. A typical 3 bedroom house will take about 10 hours to complete and will cost about $1000 to $1300 for the first drawing.
SOURCE: https://www.fixr.com/costs/draftsman

24. Do architects design interior?
Experienced architects and interior designers (not the same as interior “decorators”) are qualified to create / design spaces that solve problems for homeowners. The primary way they do this is through spatial design and planning. The architecture and design fields are considered both an art and a science.

25. What are scientific models used for?
Scientific modeling. In science, a model is a representation of an idea, an object or even a process or a system that is used to describe and explain phenomena that cannot be experienced directly. Models are central to what scientists do, both in their research as well as when communicating their explanations.
SOURCE: https://www.sciencelearn.org.nz/resources/575-scientific-modelling

26. What is the full meaning of CGI?
CGI is a type of computer technology that is used to make special effects in cinema and on television. CGI is an abbreviation for computer-generated imagery.

27. Why is CGI used?
CGI is used for visual effects because the quality is often higher and effects are more controllable than other more physically based processes, such as constructing miniatures for effects shots or hiring extras for crowd scenes, and because it allows the creation of images that would not be feasible using any other ...

28. What is BIM and Revit?
BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent, 3-D model-based process for planning, design, construction and management of buildings and infrastructure. Revit is one of the BIM platforms (software packages) used to create BIM models.

29. Is Autocad a BIM?
According to Autodesk, “BIM is an intelligent model-based process that provides insight to help you plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure.” But when you talk about BIM you're usually referring to software such as Autodesk® Revit®, ArchiCAD, Navisworks®, or some derivative thereof.

30. What is the difference between BIM and CAD?
BIM is Building Information Modeling. ... While BIM tools such as Revit are technically CAD programs, the term "CAD" is used more for drafting programs. In terms of building design, CAD is essentially using a drafting tool, such as AutoCAD, to create lines and arcs to represent a building design.
SOURCE: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/autocad/learn-explore/caas/video/youtube/lesson/143344-courseId-100332.html

31. Is Revit better than AutoCAD?
The main difference is that AutoCAD is a general computer-aided design and drafting software used to create precise 2D and 3D drawings, and Revit is software for BIM (building information modeling) with tools to create intelligent 3D models of buildings, which can then be used to produce construction documentation.
SOURCE: https://www.autodesk.com/solutions/revit-vs-autocad

32. What is the use of Revit?
Autodesk Revit Architecture is a robust architectural design and documentation software application created by Autodesk for architects and building professionals. The tools and features that make up Revit Architecture are specifically designed to support building information modeling (BIM) workflows.
SOURCE: https://www.edulearn.com/article/what_is_revit_architecture.html

33. What is the difference between AutoCAD and Revit?
The main difference between these programs is that AutoCAD is a drafting tool, which represents project components geometrically; while Revit is modeling tool, where each building component is identified by its function and the project file includes technical and pricing data.
SOURCE: https://www.ny-engineers.com/blog/how-do-autocad-and-revit-compare

34. How do I convert AutoCAD to Revit?
First, in Revit, open the view where you want to place the CAD file. Then go to the Insert tab and choose Link CAD. Browse to your file, and before you click on OK, check out the settings at the bottom of the dialog. Colors.
SOURCE: https://www.autodesk.com/redshift/3-steps-to-linking-dwg-files-into-revit/

DWG to RVT PRO: Easily Convert DWGs to Revit Lines

What if you could easily convert a linked DWG directly to native Revit geometry?

Introducing RVT to DWG PRO

Why waste your time converting DWG files when Revit can do it for you? The DWG to RVT macro automatically converts the selected DWG files to Revit lines, and saves you hours of tedious work in the process.
SOURCE: https://archsmarter.com/dwg-to-rvt-pro-macro/

35. Is this add-in also available for Revit 2019?
Yes, you can find it as part of the ArchSmarter Power-Pack add-in.
SOURCE: https://archsmarter.com/powerpack-revit/

36. What is BIM 360 Glue?
Autodesk® BIM 360™ Glue is a cloud-based BIM management and collaboration product that connects the entire project team and streamlines BIM project workflows.
SOURCE: https://knowledge.autodesk.com/support/bim-360-glue/learn-explore/caas/CloudHelp/cloudhelp/ENU/BIM-360/files/GUID-E0F4D156-F9B1-428D-B32E-C0BE0805C86F-htm.html

37. What is BIM 360 design?
BIM 360 Design is a cloud work-sharing, design collaboration, and data management product for improved project delivery, built on the new BIM 360 platform.
SOURCE: https://www.autodesk.com/bim-360/platform/design-collaboration-software/

38. How much is BIM 360?
BIM 360 Field Pricing. BIM 360 Field pricing is not readily available on their website. Other software similar to BIM 360 ranges from around $20 to over $200/user/month or flat rates (inclusive of a limited amount of users) that start at around $100/month.



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