Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not a single software program or suite, but a software collaboration to record a digital representation of a building’s entire ‘life cycle’, including its 3D design, manufacture, construction processes, even through to its final demolition.
BIM encapsulates all manner of information to become a shared resource for any construction professional to call upon or contribute to:
- building geometry
- spacial relationships
- geographic information
- material details & quantities (known as ‘5D’)
- building components
The BIM working process benefits architects, engineers, manufacturers and developers alike, as information within the BIM can be used for:
- visualisation (for client presentations or checking)
- build sequencing (known as ‘4D’ to aid construction)
- building analysis (lighting, acoustics, solar energy)
Ultimately, BIM coordinates and improves the chain of working processes throughout a buildings’ life cycle:
- eliminating multiple inputting of data
- providing one resource for retrieval of information
- coordinating construction documents reducing errors
hsbCAD has the function to interact with software such as databases and engineering programs to contribute towards a comprehensive BIM resource.