What is it?
Building Information Modeling or Building Information Management.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is first and foremost a process of designing, constructing, and operating a building with the use of electronic object-orientated information, i.e. Building Information Models that are virtually created as the exact replica of the physical building in order to assess, coordinate, manage, and maintain all of its elements.
On the other hand, BIM can also be referred to as Building Information Management which is defined by the UK BIM Task Group in 2013 as underpinned by the collation, creation, and exchange of virtual geometric models and intelligent structured data it enables, Building Information Management is identified as a value maintaining and creating a process through the entire life cycle of a building and its parts.
For us at THE BIM FACTORY, we see BIM as a process that is both comprise of modeling and management of the virtual building environment.
Below is a video from Autodesk that explains an overview of BIM and how BIM is now the new standard for our industry.
WHAT IS BIM BASED ON?
Utilizing a combination of intelligent software platforms and technology, BIM is the process that manages the information exchange between various components with predetermined standards and classifications. No one software can be called BIM, but rather a combination of software and technology working together.
Nothing is more important than the capabilities of the people behind the use of BIM. The success of BIM will fully depend on the knowledge and effectiveness of the people involved. At TBF, we focus on training and developing the most stringent learning program for our team in order to do BIM properly.
BIM is known as a process and not simply just a piece of software. Often, people mistake BIM for a 3D program such as Revit or ArchiCAD. Although that is a part of BIM, it is not the totality of BIM. BIM is the process of how the team works together, how the information and data are exchanged, and how the stakeholders collaborate efficiently.
At THE BIM FACTORY, the BIM software we use the most is Autodesk Revit. The majority of our clients required the BIM 3D models to be generated in the latest Revit format from 2D CAD.
The second most common BIM application we use here at TBF is ArchiCAD. One of the premier BIM 3D software for architects developed by GraphiSoft based out of Hungary, ArchiCAD has been around since the early 1980's.
Today, TBF has created a certified training center at our office in Ho Chi Minh City for anyone who is interested in learning the right way to use ArchiCAD and take advantage of saving time and money for their design with this powerful 3D BIM tool.
A list of most of the commonly used BIM software can be found here from our partner Plannerly's website. Below are some of the tools we have used often at TBF:
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We established a TBF Academy in 2016 in order to create the curriculum and training content for our team. We realized in order for us to do BIM the right way, we need to make sure everyone is on the same page.
Working along with the Ministry of Construction and the Institute of Construction Economics, our CEO has been on the steering committee part of BIM training and education team for the BIM Roadmap for Vietnam since 2015.
We believe the knowledge and capabilities of our people are critical to the success of BIM in our industry. We created the certificate of Certified BIM Practitioner for everyone on our team who have taken the 30-hour course as well as pass the exam in order to be eligible to become BIM Coordinators and BIM Managers in the future at our company.
Our team members have been qualified and certified for the following:
Autodesk Professional Certificate.
Certified ArchiCAD User.
AGC - CM-BIM Program.
HKIBIM Professional Member (MHKIBIM) In progress.
BCA BIM Certificate (Architectural Track) In progress.
The process of BIM is usually misunderstood or neglected by those who are new to BIM. Often, BIM is easier to explain as a 3D software, however, this misconception is detrimental to the success of BIM mainly because BIM goes beyond the software.
When BIM is stopped at software, the conclusion is that BIM becomes a liability, somewhat more costly, and definitely ineffective.
The process of BIM and how it is implemented on a project or within a company comprised of different phases such as assessing the capabilities, goals and objectives, framework of the existing and new process, as well as execution and tracking the success of BIM.
The overall process of BIM has four primary categories:
Relies on capturing real-world data from pre-existing environments and conversion of digital/virtual data.
Utilize the 3D virtual environment for assessment, coordination, documentation, logistics, and scheduling.
The information from the design is carried over to create, generate, manufacture, assemble, and maintenance.
The continuation of information management in order to maintain and operate the building's life-cycle.