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Friday, December 31, 2010

BIM Software – a one stop solution for the Architect

BIM is more than just an acronym. For facility managers, Building Information Modeling software can be a powerful new tool to enhance a building’s performance and manage operations more efficiently throughout a building’s life.

What is BIM software? While definitions vary because the concept is still evolving, think of BIM software as a giant database. BIM software is intended to be a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility that forms a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle, existing from earliest conception to demolition.

That doesn't mean that BIM software is the same as CAD programs. True BIM software encompasses more than a 3D computer-rendered model of the building. In addition to architectural information, the complete BIM contains all of the building’s information, from wall systems, structural systems, HVAC equipment, plumbing fixtures, door and window schedules, and finishes, right down to the manufacturer, supplier, and square footage of every material specified on the project.

The Benefits of BIM Software:

Cost savings are one of the biggest benefits to using BIM software. The majority of the life-cycle cost of a building does not come from the design and construction phase, but from operating the building over 20 to 50 years. Researches have shown that operations and maintenance account for between 60 and 85 percent of total costs of ownership.

For example, in 2004, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), commissioned a study to identify and estimate the efficiency losses in the U.S. capital facilities industry from inadequate interoperability among CAD, engineering, and software systems. The study quantified approximately $15.8 billion in annual costs of inadequate interoperability in the U.S. capital facilities industry in 2002. Of these costs, two-thirds are borne by owners and operators, who incur them predominantly during ongoing facility operation and maintenance. Examples of inefficiencies resulting from inadequate interoperability include manual re-entry of data, duplication of business functions, and the continued reliance on paper-based information management systems.

Here's where BIM software can fix the problem. BIM software can be used as a database throughout the life of the building. It can generate as-built floor plans and elevations for tenant test fits and build-outs. It can recall the paint color of the accent wall in the executive conference room on the 11th floor, for example. Further, it can calculate the square footage of that same accent wall when a new executive comes on board and wants to change its color, so maintenance crews know how much paint is required.

By contrast, when a tenant wants to build out a space, the facility executive typically works from, or perhaps has to track down from the architect, a set of as-built drawings that may or may not be accurate, depending on the building’s age and how many tenants have occupied the space. Even worse, in the absence of as-built, facility executives end up re-drawing the space, wasting time and energy creating what would already have existed had there been a BIM model of the building. As BIM software has advanced, some applications have developed the ability to link relevant portions of the BIM to outside information sources, such as manufacturer specifications.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

The History of the BIM and the Success Story Till Date

Although Building Information Modeling (BIM) has its roots in the mid 1980s only recently has it risen in popularity within the Architectural, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries. Due to this significant rise in popularity the AEC industry has created a demand for well trained individuals capable of implementing BIM technology in the work place. In an effort to meet these demands various sources have begun the process of introducing BIM-related resources to help facilitate the adoption of BIM technology. This popular aid of the AEC industry has its roots deep in the mid 1980’s.

In 1986 Graphisoft introduced their first “Virtual Building Solution” known as ArchiCAD (Kmethy, 2008). This revolutionary new software allowed architects to create a virtual, three dimensional (3D) representation of their project instead of the standard two dimensional (2D objects found in competing computer aided design (CAD) programs of the time. This was important because architects and engineers were then able to store large amounts of data sets ‘within’ the building model. These data sets include the building geometry and spatial data as well as the properties and quantities of the components used in the design.

In comparison, designers using standard CAD applications required countless specification sheets in order to convey all the required information pertaining to the project. The creation of a digitally constructed virtual building model, along with its associated data, is known as Building Information Modeling. Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be defined as the creation and use of coordinated, consistent, computable information about a building project in design – parametric information used for design decision making, production of high-quality construction documents, prediction of building performance, cost estimating and construction planning.

Since the BIM software architecture is based on parametric modeling the geometric consistency and integrity of the building model is maintained in spite of any changes or modifications that may have been made to it. Understanding the concept of these parametric objects is key to understanding what a building information model is and how it differs from traditional 2D design. A parametric object consists of a series of geometric definitions and their associated data and rules. In addition, these geometric definitions are integrated non-redundantly and do not allow for inconsistencies between the model and its associated data set. This means that any changes made directly to the model will result in an equal change to the data set associated with the model.

Although BIM technology is still relatively new, initial experiences indicate that the creation of a 3D model with associated information reduces errors of design, improves design quality, shortens construction time, and significantly reduces construction costs (Eastman, 2003). Due to these initial findings the popularity of BIM has grown tremendously in the past decade, and as the popularity of BIM increases so too has the demand for well trained designers and construction managers with proficiency in the use of BIM technology.

Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Navisworks – The 3D modeling software provides real time visualization and save money for pre-construction planning & coordination.

Navisworks is rapidly becoming highly applicable on Building Information Modeling (BIM) projects and offers everyone the opportunity to work together on the best way to modify a building before construction.
Project stakeholders get benefited with “clash-free” project submittals by locating and fixing design errors including clash detection (works with any specified geometry), tolerance checking, design reviews and project co-ordination before the commencement of the actual project.
Project managers are able to visualize designs and accurately models Ù4DÝ and manage project related cost overruns and schedule delays resulting time and money-saving pre-construction planning and coordination.
Navisworks deal with key construction process issues like model aggregation, clash detection, and project Identify interferences before the commencement of actual construction to prevent and reduce costly change orders;Virtually simulate a project and link to your existing project software to accelerate your project schedule; Keep files and models up to date across extended project teams.
Project stakeholders can deliver an integrated project delivery by combining design and construction data together from the very start of a project.
Navisworks collects various informations from designers, engineers and subcontractors and creates a composite model.
NavisWorks also generates a movie or a slideshow of the construction sequence that takes a 3D object and adds the element of time to display in 4D construction visualization all through the build/ decommissioning cycle.
Project stakeholders also apply this tool for Reduction or elimination of Change Orders and RFIs
It could run on a laptop or PC and import 3D data from multiple formats like DWG, DGN and 3ds Max.
The software attributes gravity, and a Ùthird-personÝ for interactive walkthroughs & animations. All animations can be converted to movie format, and viewpoints are saved as still pictures.
All simulations and project views, including model hierarchy, textures and materials that are stored in these files can be distributed, shared and explored in real-time
Combine all designs to review a single virtual model:
Fire protection
Imports Files from a Variety of 3D Software
And a variety of industry-standard MEP, piping, fire protection, and electrical software

Posted By
Rajib Dey
Business Development
BIM Modeling Service

Monday, December 27, 2010

Autodesk BIM presents suitable for all sizes

The Autodesk Revit platform supports projects of all sizes, from small residential projects to large commercial and complex architectural projects, using Revit Worksharing.

In recent years, interest in the construction industry Building Information Modeling (BIM) has moved from assessment to implementation. Some companies just throw in difficult projects and large scale; others choose to start using BIM on a small pilot project, testing before implementing it on larger projects.

The Autodesk Revit platform for building information modeling allows companies to manage projects of any size, using Revit Worksharing, which offers a wide range of ways of sharing and allows teams to design to choose the best way to interact based on workflow and needs of the project.

For projects easier, the team can have simultaneous access to a model of building shared and modified ad hoc architectural elements , while the very large projects can be divided into separate units, usually based on separate systems architecture (core, housing, ceiling, etc..) or other physical features (floors, wings, owners, etc.). For architectural projects large and consisting of separate wings or individual buildings, there may be a complete separation of the project in individual models being connected.

For projects with team size and design extremely large, in which users must work simultaneously on different portions, Revit Worksharing can formally divide the projects into Worksets, or logical groupings of objects in an architectural project, the amendment of which is reserved for a single user at a time.

Each user controls a workset and works independently in this model, writing periodic changes in the master file of the project and updating the workset with other users' changes.

Next, the user relinquishes control of workset reassigning the master file. In addition to limiting conflicts of change, the workset can also improve system performance by controlling the graphical display. The workset can be viewed as needed, avoiding the display memory intensive parts of the building model that are not necessary for a specific project activity.

For example, there may be a need to constantly see an exterior workset, while viewing the workset of furniture can be turned on or off as needed.

Thursday, December 23, 2010

Canadian Institute for Building Information Modeling – New Destination for the future Architect

Key national organizations in the design and construction help the architect industry by joining the forces to create a new architect’s destination named called the Institute for Building Information Modeling in Canada (IBC). It is modeled after the Canadian Construction Documents Committee in structure. The mission of this institute is to lead and facilitate the coordinated use of BIM (Building Information Modeling) in the design, construction and management of the Canadian built environment.

Founding partners have identified a number of priorities that include an awareness program, a practice manual, a bibliography of useful resources and a full environment scan/assessment on the use of BIM in Canada and internationally fort a better future of the architectural students. A number of prominent organizations are partners in the new institute. This includes the Canadian Construction Association (CCA), the Association of Consulting Engineering Companies-Canada, Construction Specifications Canada and the Royal Architectural Institute of Canada. Also on board are two government agencies: the National Research Council Canada and Defence Construction Canada.

Pierre Boucher, the CCA’s chief operating officer, said each of the founding organizations will provide seed funding. “As the work is prioritized and better defined, we will have to see what kind of additional funding is required,” he said in an interview.

“But for the CCA’s part, we are certainly prepared to do what is necessary to deliver the institute’s mandate.”

The institute’s formation was welcomed by the Canada BIM Council (CanBIM), whose members include major architectural, consulting engineering and construction companies across the country as well as some associations. In a statement, CanBIM said it was thrilled that the institute was following its lead. “CanBIM wishes the newly formed institute the very best of success in its efforts to assist the Canadian BIM community,” the council said, offering its assistance to the institute in its early stages of development.

“We will remain open to collaborative efforts.”

established in March 2009 the council provided advocacy and support services. Earlier this year, CanBIM signed a memorandum of understanding with the buildingSMART alliance of the United States to work collaboratively on development of a North American BIM standard. “CanBIM is and remains the only pan-Canadian BIM advocacy body that represents supports and assists individuals, member firms and a vast array of affiliates as a non-partisan voice of BIM in Canada,” the council said. “This is what we believe to be our greatest strength.”

The council said it will maintain its established position to directly assist new adopters of BIM as well as experienced users, owners, operators, fabricators and suppliers.

“We are proud to have representation from the legal profession and the Building Owners and Managers Association on our board to support this effort.” CanBIM said it has always maintained that no one association should dictate the use of BIM.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

BIM helps in Kansas Bioscience Authority Venture Accelerator Construction

Building Information Modeling is coming up as a great assistant in the Kansas Bioscience Authority Venture Accelerator Construction located within the Kansas Bioscience Park in Olathe, Kansas. This will be the first building on the Kansas Bioscience Authority (KBA) campus, establishing a progressive, high-tech, innovative architectural context for the entire park using BIM technology.

The KBA was created by the Kansas Economic Growth Act of 2004 with the sole purpose of advancing the state’s leadership in bioscience research, innovation and industry. This 38,750-ft2 facility will help fulfill that mission by housing the KBA offices, but more important, it will provide incubator laboratory and office space for bioscience startup companies. The central focus of this incubator is high-quality tenant office space and flexible laboratories that can be leased individually or in blocks to accommodate a tenant’s changing needs.

Construction began in December 2009 and will continue through February 2011, with occupancy in March of 2011. This project was developed with the goal of achieving a Silver rating or better using the US Green Building Council’s LEED-NC 2.2 rating system. The construction cost is $10.6 million.

The KBA’s stated goals for this project included setting a progressive, high-tech, innovative tone; providing abundant natural light; and creating a professional, but not luxurious, space. To meet these goals, the building’s design incorporates open structure, limited use of ceilings, and extensive use of glass--all of which translated into a lot of exposed ductwork and piping. With the intensity of MEP systems associated with laboratories, it was determined that the best way to “hide” these elements was to integrate them with the architecture. The use of building information modeling (BIM) was employed to make a very complex laboratory project manageable in several areas: laboratory casework and equipment layout; integration of structure, architectural design, and MEP systems; and construction sequencing and field coordination.

Since the labs are designed as incubator space with tenants and research types yet to be determined, using BIM was invaluable. Casework layout and equipment locations could be easily reconfigured in the model until very late in the project, as well as during and after bidding, by documenting alternates and easily accommodating substitute manufacturers. During the submittal process, because the supplier was able to use the building model, the time to produce and review submittals was reduced by weeks.

Achieving the goal of open space flooded with natural light required clerestories and minimal ceilings with most of the building’s elements exposed; therefore, the integration of the architectural systems, structural systems, and MEP systems was paramount to a successful project. The use of BIM allowed the blending of these systems by modeling connections, brace locations, and mechanical system routing to work within the framework of the steel structure and other space limitations. Elements such as ducts, piping, valves, electrical conduit, and fire protection are among a number of systems that were modeled and integrated with the structural and architectural elements. During construction, having a model has helped immensely with field coordination, submittal review and installation sequencing of integrated systems.

As an example of this integration, a central element of the Venture Accelerator project is a clerestory corridor open to both levels that contains the supply and exhaust ducts and many of the pipes carrying diverse water types serving the labs. To provide the clean, high-tech aesthetic desired, a panelized system of white fused glass and clerestory vision glass constitutes the interior facade of the lab block on the south side of the corridor. The piping, along with supply and exhaust ducts serving the labs, penetrates the fused glass panels. Using BIM, all the panel joints and substrate material were modeled as well as the piping and ducts. This permitted the penetrations to be located at elevations contributing to architectural aesthetics and more importantly, interference avoidance, thus integrating MEP systems with the architecture.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Pennsylvania State University Wins Autodesk BIM Experience Award University Honored for Extensive Use of Building Information Modeling in Architecture

Autodesk University, a leading name in 3D design, engineering and entertainment software, announced that The Pennsylvania State University (Penn State) has been awarded an Autodesk BIM Experience Award. The university's Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Department of Architectural Engineering are being honored for extensive incorporation of Building Information Modeling (BIM) in its architecture, landscape architecture and architectural engineering curricula.

Pennsylvania University also recognized for promoting academic collaboration among the major building design and construction disciplines, especially through student’s participation in interactive Building Information Modeling design studios. The school’s use of energy analysis software tools in its BIM classes and studios to encourage sustainable design practices is noted by the award.

According to Robert Holland, associate professor of architecture and architectural engineering, "Autodesk Revit software products are Pennsylvania State's primary design integration software." "Our students rely on the common Revit platform to support their interdisciplinary collaboration efforts. The students also use Autodesk Ecotect Analysis software and the Autodesk Green Building Studio web-based service extensively during the conceptual phase of their projects to help gain insight on how building orientation, massing and basic systems selection influence the performance of a building."

The university began integrating Autodesk BIM solutions into its curricula since 2004. The software now serves two colleges and three departments: the Architecture and the Landscape Architecture departments in the College of Arts and Architecture, and the Architectural Engineering department in the College of Engineering. Students in collaborative cross-departmental courses and studios use Autodesk BIM solutions to help develop, explore and analyze building designs, and experience first-hand the benefits of using an approach that includes interdisciplinary project design. In addition to BIM, student preparation includes the exploration of innovative building industry concepts and processes including integrated project delivery (IPD) and digital fabrication.

Autodesk software used by the university's architecture, landscape architecture and architecture engineering students includes: Autodesk Revit Architecture Autodesk Revit Structure Autodesk Revit MEP AutoCAD Civil 3D Autodesk 3ds Max Design Autodesk Ecotect Analysis Autodesk Green Building Studio Autodesk Navisworks products AutoCAD.

About Penn State University: The Pennsylvania State University offers undergraduate and graduate degree programs through its Stuckeman School of Architecture and Landscape Architecture and the Architectural Engineering departments. Both the Architecture and Architectural Engineering departments were founded in 1910 and are now celebrating their centennial. Penn State's architecture, landscape architecture and architectural engineering curricula reflect the increasing importance of interdisciplinary collaboration in today's building industry.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Reasons to Use BIM

When the contractor will start to do a construction work there are many stages which he has to pass by before ground breaking. And Building Information Modeling or BIM is one of the most important factors in this stage. With the help of it, AEC industry gets a huge advantage not only in the preconstruction stage but also in the construction stage of the project. The benefit list of Building Information Modeling is almost endless. Here we will discuss the reasons of choosing Building Information Modeling in the project.

The success of any project lays in the clear understanding among the architects, engineers, construction professional, facility manager and building owners. The BIM can bridge the void and help them to communicate successfully. With the help of this wonderful tool, they are able in providing consistent and reliable information across the scope of a project.

BIM is an integrated process that vastly improves project understanding and allows for predictable outcomes. This visibility enables all project team members to stay coordinated, improve accuracy, reduce waste, and make informed decisions earlier in the process—helping to ensure the project’s success. Building Information Modeling supports the continuous and immediate availability of project design scope, schedule, and cost information that is high quality, reliable, integrated, and fully coordinated.

Among the many competitive advantages it confers are:

• Increased speed of delivery that means time saved

• Better coordination that indicates fewer errors

• Decreased costs for which money save for building owner and increase profit of the architects

• Greater productivity helps the architect to keep the quality of work in good standard

• Higher-quality work will deliver to the clients

• New revenue and business opportunities will open both for architect and building owners

For each of the three major phases in the building lifecycle—design, construction, and

Management — Building Information Modeling offers access to the following critical information:

  • In the design phase—design, schedule, and budget information
  • In the construction phase—quality, schedule, and cost information
  • In the management phase—performance, utilization, and financial information

The ability to keep this information up to date and accessible in an integrated digital environment gives architects, engineers, builders, and owners a clear overall vision of their projects, as well as the ability to make better decisions faster—raising the quality and increasing the profitability of projects. Although building information modeling is an approach and not a technology, it does require suitable technology to be implemented effectively.

Examples of some of these technologies, in increasing order of effectiveness, include:


• Object CAD

• Parametric Building Modeling

In this way, from this blog you came to know what Building Information Modeling is, how it confers competitive advantages, how it can be achieved using a flexible range of technologies and how various BIM software can help firms that want to investigate and implement this exciting new approach. That’s why the modern AEC industry prefers BIM technology in the construction project.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

BIM- an Aid to the Architect’s Work

BIM is the other name of the technical boon to the architects. Many of the difficult things can be sorted out easily with the help of Building Information Modeling or in short BIM. With this magic tool, you not only can view the model in 3D but also get relevant information on it. It is used to create architectural and structural design documentation. With this new technology, you can get faster result than any other process. This digital media tool allows the architect to create a virtual model of the building.

Such BIM design technologies are contributing to what some say will lead to major paradigm shifts for architecture firms — namely in the way architects engage in their own design process as well as the ability to foster greater collaboration between clients, contractors and consultants.

BIM design tools will allow for great detail in virtual building models, where an architectural design will come together in more meaningful and cross-collaborative ways — beyond anything typical AutoCAD models have been able to do thus-far.

Such BIM visualization tools allow for much more, like the ability to model a building with everything from partitions, to plumbing and HVAC systems. Furthermore, BIM design will also allow architectural team members to study light and energy before the building is ever built. And yet, it does still more.

Building Information Modeling or BIM has many other major utilities for the architects. It hugely helps in clash detection in the modeling. Preventing the design problems and conflicts, large and small at very early stage of the design process helps them a lot. With the help of BIM you can check the model against certain rules and code regulations, accessibility of requirements and even structural system issues. This helps them to save money and time of the construction project.

At present, many architects work with digital media tools like 3D Studio Max, AutoCAD, Revit and Rhino for computer visualizations and modeling. However, BIM has the potential and power to bring a new dimension to your world of architectural design, perhaps helping to further empower your firm.

By being able to model the building in such great detail early on in the design process, the architect will be able to reduce cost and time spent during later stages. After all, problem finding within something as complex as a building can help the architect out tremendously — not to mention that the BIM model can be shared with other team members like consultants and even clients.

So, design collaboration, problem solving and dynamic analysis are just a few of the major factors that make BIM a digital media tool for all architects to consider. Some say that the BIM wave is only just at its beginning, but that it will revolutionize not only the way the architect design and build buildings, but will fundamentally impact the nature of the role as “architect”.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Lantek Systems recently launched unique BIM software for structural steel industry

Lantek Systems recently launched an unique software known as Lantek SteelWork integrated with Tekla Structures® BIM software. The users will be able to import the complete Tekla Structures® model as a project alongwith the tree structure of components and manufacturing stages This software will provide a great benefit for the structural steel industry.

The software includes some exclusives features like 2D and 3D design, stress calculations and dimensions, automatic and manual nesting, CNC programming of profiles, lead-in contour management, common line cutting, toolpath transformation, integration with third party structural design software, and ERP capabilities which facilitate companies to control costs & production, to manage production process at the time of designing and completing structural steel, sheet metal, and construction projects.

With Flex3d SteelWork System the software provides the 3D CAD/CAM design and cutting of standard profiles including I, U, L, T, H, round and square sections that leads to competent cutting operations on a range of machinery, including sawing, drilling, punching, tapping, marking, oxycut, and plasma equipment.

In the begining, the software will be accessible, as part of a phased plan in Spain, Brazil, United Kingdom, Germany, France, Italy, and the United States.

Posted By
Rajib Dey
Business Development
BIM Outsourcing Services

Monday, December 13, 2010

Application of BIM for public projects

Now-a-days BIM or Building Information Modeling plays an important for all public sector projects to procure and manage the public assets.

BIM trims down cost and put in long-term value to the improvement and management of public sector buildings.

BIM contains a digital model of the building that gathers all the project information. All the information can be readily updated, shared and interrogated among all the members involved in the project and this result in streamlining the whole process and cutting down on errors.

BIM can be applied for a public sector project in several ways - from checking planning parameters through to design and construction, facilities management and even decommissioning and demolition.

BIM also facilitates greater cost assurance, get better quality, less risk and quicker delivery for public sector projects.

BIM can be also utilized to automate tasks like taking quantities and schedules off drawings.

Posted by
Rajib Dey
Business Development
BIM Outsoucing Services

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Building Information Modeling simplifies the workflow of the glass and curtain wall industry

The glass and curtain wall industry is now applying Building Information Modeling technology rapidly to participate and survive on their projects. The glazing system suppliers and contract glaziers will provide dedicated and knowledgeable BIM services and emerge as a highly valued specially contractor before 2015.

In fact, the Glass Association of North America’s (GANA) Building Envelope Contractor’s (BEC) division is engaged for intriguing steps to train the industry ready for BIM.

Technical Glass Products America is now applying BIM technology for creating models of its products and publishing. The firm has now modeled its full line of fire-rated glazing products, framing systems, steel curtain wall, doors and windows including products, for instance, the Pilkington Profilit channel glass.

Contract glazing firm ‘Trainor Glass Co.’ has also modeled several custom impact glass curtainwall systems successfully.

A large numbers of building products companies as well as curtain wall manufacturers, glass fabricators and component suppliers are creating their products in BIM and making BIM libraries for future application. This system will also provide assistance to building products companies for making their position better for getting architectural specification.

BIM will create a new collaborative IPD contracting form as this 3D modeling software will permit planners, designers, manufacturers, contractors, glazing subcontractors and owners to work from the similar object-related database.

With IPD and more design build, glass fabricators get the ability to inherit the design progression and support the BIM model as shop drawings. “Instead of the architects creating one set of models and the fabricators creating another set from that, they’re creating one set to meet both needs,” said EcoBuild America speaker Diane Davis.

Glass fabricators have the opportunity “to create virtual model catalogs, so their products work as little BIM sub-models that carry the manufacturers’ data, energy data and carbon footprint data,” Davis said. “These can be downloaded by architects and designers for their model.” “Fabricators should not create files for all the BIM programs as they did with CAD, but create their program with the IFC, or Industry Foundation Classes, an international open standard for BIM” she said.

“A standard glass manufacturer probably wouldn’t be interested in BIM, but would focus on green efforts and energy conservation” said EcoBuild America speaker Diane Davis, president, AEC Infosystems Inc., Baltimore. “Especially in today’s cap and trade scenario, if the glass manufacturers show the energy efficiency offset in the production of glass, it could become a green matrix within the industry and get connected with the green standards, like Energy Star and LEED [Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design] credits. That’s where the manufacturer would be asked for his input, which in turn would become part of the BIM data.”

Besides creating 3D models the BIM process can provide many vital information which will be very useful for glazing system suppliers and contract glaziers - wind loads, wind tunnel tests, structural live load movement requirements, material finishes, glass type, interlayer type, allowable deflection on framing systems, light transmission, thermal information, curtain wall profiles, test criteria, drift
and earthquake requirements, sound transmission, fabrication part numbers, installation schedules, and field inspection data.

BIM can be applied to store and evaluate field record of glass and curtain wall data in an instinctive model which facilitates easy and smooth cost analysis of the glass for the owners and that hyperlink to field report documents. This feature permits BIM models to work as a 3D Web page of a building that connects to documents, plans, sketches and photographs.

BIM provides sustainable design by creating greater energy efficiency including thermal and structural analyses. The Glazing contractors will get the benefits to develop more sophisticated curtain wall systems.

With BIM model the glazing contractors can fix up fabrication and fit-up issues virtually and resolve it before built physically. This will also lead to diminish the misuse in time, material, field labor and enhance trade coordination with on-site materials.

Revit Services - the name you can trust for 5D BIM modeling

REVIT SERVICES have only one goal: bring home a profitable project with a predictable cash flow. That’s why they adopt the wonderful 5D BIM tool to give the best service to its clients of all over the world.

1. REVIT SERVICES’ help organize the project schedule and budget during preconstruction. So the more scientific information they can capture from a 3D BIM model, the more accurate their schedules and budgets will be. And the smart REVIT SERVICES know that the model-based schedule and model-based budgets don’t get thrown away as recon moves to the field. An integrated 5D BIM model immediately updates both the schedule and budget when any design change occurs.

2. Speaking of design changes, the REVIT SERVICES needs to work well with the Design Team to help keep the project on track. The Model Progressions Specification keeps everyone organized and providing information at the correct level of detail. And by using the integrated 5D BIM model to visualize and explore the impact of changes, s/he can keep project scope in check and become a trustworthy liaison between the designers and Owner.

3. The REVIT SERVICES is also responsible for hiring the Subs on the job. So having a handle on clash detection and coordination plays a key role in keeping Subs’ work predictable. And utilizing a flow-line schedule based on locations, quantities, and crew productivity rates helps ensure the Subs there won’t be stops and starts. This all adds up to getting the best pricing from Subs: you know the quantities; you know the schedule, so you can double-check the Subs’ bids and negotiate.

4. RFIs and Change Orders can bring a project to a halt. By starting the coordination process much earlier utilizing Coordination Resolution in preconstruction, these numbers can be brought to near zero. This means more off-site prefabrication and streamlined installation on-site. This means no surprises for the Owner. This means a predictable cash flow.

5. Lean construction techniques like flow-line scheduling give REVIT SERVICES’s a project dashboard instead of a rear view mirror. By continually monitoring Subs’ performance (actual productivity rates on-site), the REVIT SERVICES and Super can automatically get a two week look-ahead schedule that give alarms when a crew late start or delay is likely. By applying location management techniques to the problem, these schedule interference points can be averted and the schedule kept on track. And when the schedule is on track, the budget is on track.

6. The GC’s reputation is confirmed by word of mouth referrals and repeat business. And it’s the REVIT SERVICES’s responsibility to optimize the Owner’s experience and satisfaction. There is no greater influence on satisfaction than a project delivered on time and on budget. In addition, the Owner received a big injection of confidence in the GC when the REVIT SERVICES showed him/her how design decisions impacted cost and schedule.

7. Project closeout, including operations and maintenance, offers another opportunity for BIM to help the REVIT SERVICES exceed Owner expectations. New reporting capabilities and light-weight model presentation modes allow the REVIT SERVICES to present a 6D BIM – a facilities resource with information on warranties, specifications, maintenance schedules, and other valuable information. (Even more “I” in BIM.)

8. Let’s be honest. Profit margin is incredibly important in this economy. Balancing the need for the best bid with the margins required is very hard to do. But BIM works in both a hard bid and a GMP setting. And by thoroughly understanding the project in 5D, the REVIT SERVICES has more tools at his disposal to keep tight reins, and more reports to monitor progress: cash flow reports, work in place reports, look ahead schedules, and even earned value analyses.

9. Who wouldn’t want to be on the A Team? Who wouldn’t want to run the most exciting projects? Progressive Owners are mandating BIM on their projects: museums, hospitals, stadiums, and skyscrapers. Becoming the BIM expert, in both preconstruction and out in the field, makes the REVIT SERVICES invaluable and a key player.

10. To the victor comes the spoils. The project’s success with 5D BIM means the opportunity to grow the firm’s reputation and helps the corporate team win new business.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

BIM – The New Era of Construction

Over time everything changes. To cope up with the changing skyline of the city we always hone for new technologies. And this haunting of the architectural, engineering and construction or AEC industry is end at Building Information Modeling or BIM. This is the ultimate tool for the AEC industry to win a bid, planning for the construction, budgeting for it and after all finishing the project within given time frame and cost. BIM is not any software; it is a procedure of getting relevant information about any construction project in the designing phase.

Benefits: There are many benefits of using BIM service in the construction project. With the help of this, the designer can see into the building with all its components. They can also view the building from all sides, and can even see how the building looks at different times of day and night. In short they can take a 3D tour of the building and all its facilities far before the ground breaking. BIM produces super speed, quality productivity and efficiency to the project. There are better coordination and smooth communication among the designer team, architects, engineers, contractors, building owner and stake holders. They can share the useful information along with the electronic models with each other. With the help of the BIM, the contractors and designer can foresee the conflict in the design. This clash detection and mitigation is a very useful aspect for the contractor. This saves money as well as time both of the stake holders and the building owners.

The Evolution: BIM experts are now using a short of shorthand when reffering to the evolution of BIM by adding a ‘D’ which refers dimension. Here you can get a clear idea about all the ‘D’ of BIM.

2D – This is the flat drawing from AutoCAD.

3D – This is the added dimension of width which makes its look real time

4D – Adding the aspect of time

5D – Adding the aspect of Cost to the project

6D – The concept of life cycle Management

BIM Services: There are many companies which are providing BIM services to the world. BIM Outsourcing is one of those companies who out sources the BIM services. This company offers a range of BIM services like Cobie BIM, BIM Drafting Service, MEP Services, MEP Drafting Service, Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing, MEP Modeling, MEP Conversion, Architectural Services, Architectural & Engine, Architectural Drafting, Offshore in Architecture, Outsourcing Architectural, BIM Model Architectural Drafting, Arc. CAD Modeling, Arch. Walkthrough, Arch. 3D Rendering, Architectural CAD, BIM Model Clash Detection, BIM Model Concrete Detailing, Landscape Design, Kubit Point Clouds, Construction services, Structural Engineering, Construction drawings to 3D, BIM for general contractors, Quantity take-offs from BIM and Detection of collisions

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Nemetschek Launches 7th Biennial International User Contest

The Nemetschek Engineering Group is going to launch the seventh edition of its biennial International User Contest known as Nemetschek Engineering User Contest 2011. The last date of sending projects is 30th November 2010.

All customers from the larger Nemetschek Engineering Group: Nemetschek Allplan, Nemetschek Engineering, Nemetschek Scia, Nemetschek Frilo and Glaser can participate in the contest and show their technical knowledge and professional skills.

The contest categories include :-
Category 1: Buildings
Category 2: Civil Structures
Category 3: Design of Industrial Buildings and Plants
Category 4: Industrialized Planning
Category 5: Special Projects

A professional international jury will evaluate submissions on originality, level of difficulty, technical level, prestige and the application of the used software.

Each winning project in every of the 5 categories and a ‘Special Jury Prize’ will be rewarded 1 500€.

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Rajib Dey

Vertex system launched Vertex BD 16.0 for home designing

Vertex Systems developed advanced building design software known as Vertex BD. The latest Version Vertex BD just launched. The latest release is ideal for architectural and structural layout design especially for wood framed and light gauge steel framed construction.

Vertex BD 16.0 enhance the design process and generates data from one source for architectural layouts, interior and exterior elevations, structural layouts, fabrication drawings, material reports, manufacturing rendered images, and 3D models.

This latest version saves projects hours and minimizes material waste as manufacturing data is transferred directly to automated equipment. Material reports are exported to project management systems.

The latest version contains a library tool that facilitates users to include their own components to the library. The users can also form 2D presentation of a component as a 2D image.

The software comes up with some new features related with roofs. A roof is bound to walls with a dimension restraint, a ceiling can be bound in the direction of a roof and a porch beam can be bound to a roof to pursue the change of the roof pitch, for instance.

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Rajib Dey