Building Information Modeling

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Building Information Modeling

Building Information Modeling (BIM) became a hot topic in our industry, but most people don't have a good understanding of what this means. Many think of BIM as 3-D modeling to produce paper drawings, which only begins to scratch the surface of BIM's potential in our industry.

At its core, BIM is a new way of communicating and collaborating among designers, builders, owners, and operators of buildings. The model is an information-rich database, which also happens to be able to be used to create contract documents.

During design, the information model is a useful tool for designers to communicate to one another the intent of the design, and to coordinate the various discipline's elements. It can be used for studies to determine the impact of certain design options on the quantities, cost, or other factors in the project. The team can use the models to perform takeoffs, study construction sequencing, and project construction schedules. During construction, the BIM process can contribute to more prefabrication, less waste, fewer field conflicts and RFI's, and smoother construction process. Once the owner takes over a building, the BIM model can become a powerful tool for operating and maintaining their facility.

Datum adopted Revit Structure as our BIM platform in 2006. To date, we have completed the design of more than 30 buildings using BIM, with many more buildings underway. Project produced using Revit range from high-end residences and outbuildings, to $125 million research laboratory facilities.

 

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