• Nhut Pham

It seems like a BIM platform

As the software shows it to us: our building in 3D visual shapes, with some kind of an itemized selection of the left and a data panel on the right-hand side. There, a computer program that can present a 3D model with information should be called a BIM platform, right?


It seems like a BIM platform...
It seems like a BIM platform...

Until we try to make some changes.


Let’s pick that door over there and increase its size using that attribute panel. But the field is gray out. We have to directly adjust the door frame’s geometry to produce changes in its size attribute. It’s properly just one-directional. It’s not parametric.


Then, we want to make sure that when we defined that door type in a new style, the ones which have been of that type should be changed accordingly, automatically. So after making the door larger, we look around for similar others.


But there is none of that happened. It seems like in this software, duplicated elements are just a pure visual copy of one the other, instead of being in sync at heart. It’s not made up of smart objects.


OK, one last try. How about moving that door again an arm's length to the left?


After we finished the drag-n-drop, the door is now overlapping with the wall instead of cutting through it, leaving an empty opening at its previous place.


Maybe, they are not really wired to work together. It seems like this BIM software has a limited understanding that doors & walls, beams & columns, pipes & sinks… are interconnected by their nature.