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Definition of BIM: Building information modelling (BIM) is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle; defined as existing from earliest conception to demolition. BIM benefits: Faster drafting without loss of cost and quality High level of customization and flexibility Optimization of schedule and cost Seamless coordination and collaboration Conflict detection and risk mitigation Easy maintenance of building life cycle Here is the nice info-graphic which compares BIM based process to the 2D drawings based process: Learn more about BIM solutions for structural engineers
1. BIM will be the backbone of future Construction Building Information Modeling is taking over the industry globally at the speed of light. In the UK, for example, the industry adoption rate has boomed from 13% in 2010 to 39% in only two years and many countries are introducing initiatives such as national BIM recommendations to push the adoption forward. It is reasonable to expect this trend to continue as the construction industry recovers from recession and as BIM continues its path towards becoming an industry requirement. Whether you are studying structural engineering, construction engineering or architecture, expect BIM to be a major factor and competitive advantage upon graduation. 2. The "I" in the BIM will become even more Significant While impressive illustrations and 3D models are a highly visible part of BIM, robust opportunities for collaboration, coordination, fabrication, as well as, integration to production automation systems and machinery is what really puts the “I” in BIM. Information management and Integration between models allows each professional to focus on what they do best while simultaneously improving clash checking and accuracy. BIM makes relevant information available to everyone when they need it. Models become more than a sum of their parts, making BIM a highly attractive tool for both companies and professionals in related industries. 3. The Industry will look for BIM experts instead of CAD Assistants With the industry changing at a rapid pace, companies start looking for skilful BIM users to keep up with this speed of change. To mention a few sought-after skills, employers start looking for experts who can create and develop different models and perform analyses and simulations based on these models. Companies who are at early adoption stages of BIM are looking for BIM specialists who are capable of implementing BIM, managing and modeling all project information and also educating others within the organization. Academia and schools need to meet this demand by delivering a new generation of professionals who are fluent in BIM. 4. With BIM You will... Practically everyone involved in the design and construction process will gain benefits from BIM. Engineers, architects and contractors can virtually walk through construction models, explore structural components and details, and identify any potential design, construction or operational issues. BIM allows builders to bring even to the most complicated structures into reality by enabling the high detail modeling of multiple materials while simultaneously saving time, resources and space. Users will be able to focus on the essential instead of the menial. Learn more about BIM solutions for structural engineers