Building Information Modeling, simply referred to as BIM, is a process that Brinkman uses to virtually plan project work. BIM is a process where 3D models are created with the information needed to construct the project embedded into the model. This technology affords many opportunities to leverage virtual models and simulations to better understand and construct projects through enhanced collaboration with the design teams and subcontractors.
The process of BIM is best explained as creating a virtual prototype of projects. Team members first create models for their scopes of work. These individual models are then combined to better understand how the different systems work together. This helps the team identify the areas where buildings can be more efficient. Schedule can also be incorporated to simulate how the project will be constructed.
Attempting to explain how this is accomplished is a tough feat, but “A picture is worth a thousand words.” Using BIM on a project has a similar effect. The visualization of a project with the information embedded into the 3D model provides a more thorough understanding for project stakeholders as compared with traditional 2D documents.
When BIM is used on a project, Brinkman is using the latest technology to improve the process in which we interact with the different aspects of the design and construction. This results in a higher quality building for the owner with a higher potential for cost and schedule savings due to mitigation of conflicts in the construction documents.
Our in-house BIM Manager, Tim Kelleher, specializes in utilizing BIM for projects that require detailed coordination efforts. He focuses on BIM feasibility for smaller projects and ways to successfully integrate BIM into a project.
Tim was a featured speaker at the 2014 Autodesk University conference. His presentation to industry designers and engineers was titled “BIM on a Smaller Scale”.