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The Building information modelling (BIM) Thing is so Exciting

The Building information modelling (BIM) Thing is so Exciting

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Recently, "BIM" has been promoted as the solution to reduce waste and inefficiency in building design and construction. However, many organizations have taken a wait-and-see attitude about BIM, looking for evidence for return on investment it entails. BIM is not a technology, but it does require suitable technology to be implemented effectively. Thus building models allow for better integration of design processes, allowing the kind of exploration that is equivalent to having a team of analyst consultants assessing designs as they make explorations.
Recently, "BIM" has been promoted as the solution to reduce waste and inefficiency in building design and construction. However, many organizations have taken a wait-and-see attitude about BIM, looking for evidence for return on investment it entails. BIM is not a technology, but it does require suitable technology to be implemented effectively. Thus building models allow for better integration of design processes, allowing the kind of exploration that is equivalent to having a team of analyst consultants assessing designs as they make explorations.

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A P X B U S I N E S S A N D M A N A G E M E N T C O N S U L T A N T S L T D 
THE
BIM
thing is so exciting!
Hector Chapa Sikazwe
Oct 2012
Building Information Modeling or BIM is the latest buzzword in construction industry worldwide.It has been flaunted on the front page of construction magazines; more seminars are being arrangedthroughout year and many companies are involved in developing products/tools around BIM. Wehear it talked about. We see the marketing. We hear there are real savings to be had and money tobe made on this BIM thing. But what does it mean? Especially, how does it affect our businesses?
 
 
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So, what is BIM? Why it so popular and what lies there in it for architects, building owners,Engineers, suppliers of building materials and builders? These are fundamental questions that needanswers for the technology to be adopted and the benefits feasted upon!Though BIM has been around for about ten years now, the current state of BIM implementationhas been generally described as
tentative
. Reasons for the seemingly slow market acceptanceare varied. Issues involving cost of software, hardware, training, strains on network infrastructureand limited document management abilities are often cited as major obstacles. These phantomissues have relegated BIM implementations to large projects or niche markets. Surprisingly, BIMprocesses can be utilized on any sized project. Around the world, Building Information Modellingis increasingly gaining the attention of organizations involved in architecture, engineering andconstruction (AEC) as well as the owners and operators of buildings and other structures. UsingBIM properly cuts project time and thereby energy use, as well as cost. At Apex, we aim to makeBIM to become an integral core concentration to all of our project processes within the next fiveyears when dealing with our clients.In succinct description, BIM is a process involving the generation and management of digitalrepresentations of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. The resulting buildinginformation models become shared knowledge resources to support decision-making about afacility from earliest conceptual stages, through design and construction, through its operationallife and eventual demolition.At Apex, we truly believe that the use of BIM goes beyond the planning and design phase of theproject, extending throughout the building life cycle, supporting processes including costmanagement, construction management, project management and facility operation. We insist that
 
 
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BIM can be seen as a companion to product life-cycle management as in the product developmentdomain, since it goes beyond geometry and addresses issues such as cost management, projectmanagement whilst providing ways to work concurrently on most aspects of building life cycleprocess. It requires changes to the definition of traditional architectural phases and more datasharing than most architects and engineers are used to.At Autodesk, BIM is simply described as a building design and documentation methodologycharacterized by the creation and use of coordinated, internally consistent computable informationabout a building project in design and construction. For Architects, Contractors and Engineers,BIM makes a reliable digital representation of the building available for design decision making,high-quality construction document production, construction planning, and performancepredictions, and cost estimates. Having the ability to keep information up-to-date and accessible inan integrated digital environment gives architects, engineers, builders, and owners a clear overallvision of all their projects, as well as the ability to make informed decisions faster.Recently, BIM has been promoted as the solution to reduce waste and inefficiency in buildingdesign and construction. However, many organizations have taken a wait-and-see attitude about
BIM, looking for evidence for return on investment it entails. Today, it’s hard to peruse a
professional journal without reading about BIM, and software vendors and consultants continue topromote it as the answer for improving efficiency of the entire construction industry. In a nutshell,BIM reduces the waste of materials during construction and building management and eventually
assist in sustainable demolition. Energy modelling can also minimize energy use over a building’s
life and thereby lengthen the life cycle of the building.The larger implications of BIM are not just consistent drawings, cost estimation and bills of 

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