Whenever I hear how engineering and construction firms use Building Information Modeling (BIM), I’m struck by how much BIM changes the way people work - and how they think about that work. BIM is more than just technology or creating and using digital 3D models. BIM models contain objects that have intelligence. This intelligence comes in the form of geometry definitions, relationships and data that drives how the model reacts during its evolution.
Adopting a BIM process leads to some surprisingly wonderful results. I’m not just referring to the time and cost benefits so many firms experience with BIM. People who practice different disciplines work more closely, even among the huge project teams common on infrastructure projects. It’s not so much that people work in closer collaboration as individuals; they gain more insight into the details of what other people are doing. That’s an advantage that can extend across the biggest project teams.
Take the Denver International Airport Hotel and Transit Center Program, for example. It’s an undertaking to add a 519-room hotel and public transportation center to the fifth busiest airport in the United States. The project team had to work closely to overcome time and space hurdles. According to Stuart Williams, South Terminal Redevelopment Program manager for the Department of Aviation at the Denver International Airport, the team turned to BIM.
Williams says, “BIM helped us identify and address potential obstacles early in the project and now (with established BIM workflows), we are able to run the project more efficiently, communicate better, and provide information more easily.”
Learn more about BIM on the Denver International Project in this Informed Infrastructure video:
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Long-term users agree that BIM is a process that transforms the way teams work. Johan Kuppens, founder and managing director of iNFRANEA, has used 3D modeling software from its earliest days. With offices in the Netherlands and Belgium, iNFRANEA designs motorways and other infrastructure. The firm also provides BIM visualization and data management services. Kuppens sees BIM as a process that touches virtually every aspect of how projects get done.
Kuppens says, “Today, we see BIM as having moved beyond just modeling to becoming a process that changes how projects are managed. BIM unites all aspects of a project, so you can use the information to optimize design and build processes.” To get more detail about what Kuppens is talking about, read about iNFRANEA's use of BIM on a project that is altering the course of a major river, and watch the full Q&A session with Johan Kuppens here.
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