BIM—the Next Generation of Design Technology

A relatively new technology is quickly making an impact on the design and construction industry. Building Infor­mation Modeling (BIM) introduces a new way for architects, engineers and construction professionals to deliver coordinated, accurate and computable information about a building or project throughout the design and construc­tion process.

Through the use of software programs, BIM allows project team members to enter data one time and then allows team members to use that data throughout the duration of the project. These programs also provide the power to link a large volume of information and coordinate all elements of design and construction together in one file. AutoDesk Revit is a popular program used to execute BIM projects and one that Barton is currently using.

Unlike CADD programs, which use coordinate-based geometry to create two-dimensional graphic entities, BIM technology is based on parametric modeling, which uses parameters, such as numbers or characteristics, to deter­mine the behavior of a graphical entity and define relationships among model components.

The result of a project using BIM is a three-dimensional, digital representation of a building or project that incor­porates all of the structure’s components. Project teams use this single model to coordinate among all disciplines involved in the project throughout the design and construction phases. Ultimately, the model is transferred to the owner upon completion of the project for use in building operation and maintenance.

More owners are requiring BIM as they come to understand the benefits gained by this well-coordinated, digitally-based project delivery system. BIM provides benefits to all parties involved in a project including:

  • Improves efficiency, coordination and the quality of the final product by promoting greater collaboration among all project team members.
  • Allows analysis to be done during design to improve a building’s performance rather than having to make changes later.
  • Identifies problems with the model up front, thus reducing the number of errors and omissions that lead to additional costs.
  • Condenses project cycles to save time.
  • Provides the ability to visualize the project as it is being built.

BIM is still evolving and will change as technology and our ability to use that technology improves. For informa­tion on how you can incorporate BIM into your next project, contact Aaron Cunningham at asc@ba-inc.com or 717-845-7654.

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