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Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a methodology that relies on digital building models, which contain detailed information about their components and systems. BIM is often regarded as a design and planning tool, but it can also be used to manage buildings throughout their entire life cycle:
EOS Labs has sample experience with BIM methodologies and software. Our team of experts can help you implement BIM across your building portfolio. If your organization is new to BIM, we can guide you through the initial implementation and shorten the learning curve for your technical staff. EOS Labs can also help your company improve existing BIM capabilities.
Traditional building designs use 2D drawings with annotations and installation details, which are complemented by technical specifications. These document formats have been used for decades in construction projects, but they have several limitations:
Creating a geometric 3D model of your building project is one of the first steps when using BIM. Unlike traditional 2D drawings, a 3D model reflects the exact appearance of your building and its key systems. For this reason, BIM models are more useful when marketing a project among potential investors or tenants.
3D models are especially helpful when designing areas such as mechanical and electrical rooms, which often contain different types of equipment in a vertical configuration.
BIM is associated with 3D modeling, but this is only one aspect of BIM methodologies. Once a 3D building model has been created, design engineers can add detailed information about each component, including technical specifications and cost data.
If 2D drawings and technical specifications are needed for project permitting or any other purposes, they can be generated automatically from a BIM model. These documents are also updated automatically if the main building model is edited. In the traditional design process, each document must be updated individually to reflect design changes, and this process can demand many hours of work.
BIM can also be implemented in buildings that were not originally designed with this method. Existing buildings can be modeled using existing construction documents as reference, and the model is then completed based on the current condition of building systems.
BIM software can be used to simulate the construction process, providing a detailed breakdown of material and labor costs over time. Simulations can also reveal bottlenecks in the construction process, which may not be evident when looking at the completed building design. A BIM model is not only useful for building owners and their staff, but also for the contractors involved in the project:
BIM models are helpful when specialty contractors must work in areas that combine different building systems, such as chiller plants and boiler rooms. Contractors can visualize the exact layout of the equipment and components they must install, while being aware of the locations of other components. Without a BIM model, coordinating specialty contractors can be a major challenge for project managers.
Using BIM for Facility Operation and Maintenance
BIM is useful throughout the life cycle of a building, and this includes operation and maintenance. The BIM model provides a detailed layout of all building systems, and this is especially useful for maintenance departments:
Your maintenance personnel can add notes directly to the components displayed on the BIM model after completing a task. This information can be used to purchase parts and schedule replacements more efficiently. You can also use sensors to monitor key equipment 24/7, and any issues that need attention from your maintenance staff are displayed on the BIM model as soon as they are detected
BIM models can also be used as a starting point for building expansions, equipment upgrades and major renovations. Instead of designing a project from zero, changes can be implemented digitally on an existing model. This is especially useful when working with hidden components, such as plumbing lines embedded in walls or HVAC ducts above a dropped ceiling. Building upgrades can be planned with minimal inspections, since you have a digital model that reflects the current condition of all building systems.
EOS Labs has a team of consultants with more than 10 years of experience, and we can help you implement BIM as a portfolio management tool. BIM methodologies and software can help you improve the ROI and profitability of your real estate assets.
Automatic clash detection is one of the most useful features offered by BIM software. Since building components are modeled in 3D space, the software can detect when two objects have overlapping locations. The software can also send automatic notifications for the design engineers in charge of the clashing systems, and they can relocate components as needed:
Relocating electrical conduit would make more sense in this example, since HVAC ducts are heavier and larger. Changing the conduit layout to avoid HVAC ducts is more cost-effective than changing the duct layout to avoid conduit runs.
Thanks to its automatic clash detection feature, BIM software can help you avoid expensive rework during construction:
BIM is a powerful cost optimization tool, since the impact of different design options can be quantified automatically. This is not feasible when using traditional design methods: bills of materials must be recalculated manually with each change in the building design, and comparing different options can take a long time.