A Bit About BIM:
Building Information Modeling (BIM), contrary to AutoCAD Architecture, is created, operated and managed through databases, which allow for more efficient design, documentation and construction processes. The ultimate theoretical goal for BIM is to essentially create a living breathing digital model that, through these digital databases, is able to address the entire life cycle of a building. In addition, operating through databases provides the ability to establish relationships between building elements; this means that if any element changes, others in relationship to that element also change. This makes possible the ability to coordinate, update and share design data with team members (architectural, mechanical, electrical, structural, plumbing, and so on) throughout the design, construction and management phases of a project. What makes this even more desirable is that BIM projects are built in a single file around the 3D building model. This means that all views including elevations, sections, details, schedules, as well as all design sheets printed for construction documents are automatically generated based on the model. This can reduce time spent on updating, checking and coordinating all of the separate digital files previously required for a single project. Ultimately, BIM allows more effort to go into the result rather than the process!
BIM and BKDI:
At present, the BKDI team is in the process of a complete switch-over from AutoCAD to Revit Architecture, the industry standard in Building Information Modeling. So far, the BKDI team has completed two full “lonely BIM” projects (i.e., independent of anyone else) and is now working on their first integrative BIM project that will include structural, mechanical, and electrical systems information. BKDI’s goal is to be using Revit Architecture for all new projects, from the early design stages to construction documentation. The switch is well underway and, despite the organizational, workflow, and process changes, the BKDI team is already achieving a high level of success, noting enhanced quality and productivity!
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