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The BIM Advantage

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Using the software’s built-in visualization engine, photo realistic images can be quickly generated. More importantly, because these renderings are based on the working BIM model, these views serve as accurate depictions of the built project.

Building Envelope

The “body” of the building, the envelope is composed of basic elements such as walls, floors, windows and doors. Once in place within the model, design documents (in the form of plans, sections and elevations) can be generated. This is where the magic of BIM occurs. Because these design drawings are based on one model, they are always coordinated and always in sync – a major advantage during design and construction.

Structural Framing

When it comes to collaboration, BIM excels. And the collaboration between architecture and structure is essential. An engineer can work independently and simultaneously on a separate model containing just the  buildings structural elements (columns, beams, slabs, and foundations). During frequent model reconciliations, architects and engineers can seamlessly and accurately coordinate their efforts to create a project that not only looks great, but is structurally sound as well.

MEP Systems

Similar to the structure, BIM allows for the collaboration between architects and  mechanical, electrical, plumbing, and fire protection Engineers. Coordinating with MEP systems is a crucial step in ensuring all the modern conveniences we come to expect are well integrated within the building — without conflicting with architectural or structural components.

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is a 3D drawing methodology that allows us to thoroughly illustrate design concepts, details, dimensions and space plans. BIM helps us generate accurate digital models of our projects so clients can clearly visualize their buildings — before construction begins. Using BIM promotes coordination, reduces errors and strengthens the Architect-Owner-Contractor relationship.

Other advantages of BIM include:

• Clarity – 3 dimensional drawings clearly communicate our designs.
• Collaboration – All team members can see and work on the same model in real-time, simultaneously.
• Accuracy – Better quantities and takeoffs yield more accurate cost estimates.
• Clash Detection – Identifies potential clashes in construction – reducing Change Orders.
• Documentation – Detailed Facilities Management Documentation for your records.

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