September 12, 2013

Want can Building Information Management do for me?

I think is a very interesting topic, as BIMA digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. As such it serves as a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life cycle from inception onward. has been around for quite a while, in one form or another. So maybe the question should be, what has Building Information Management/ Modelling been doing for me already, and we don’t realise it?
Lets┬átake building information modelling first; in the early 2000’s when I started my ” campaign” in the 3d world using architectural desktop, which has been amalgamated with Revit. I used the 3d modelling capabilities to display elevations, building sections, floor plans, reflective ceiling plans, door, window, equipment schedules that were linked to excel databases, also 3d walk through and flybys. All the basic functions that Revit does today, but Revit has taken the software to the next level in regards to interoperability, which I think has some considerable distance to travel before it can be used in the build environment.
Secondly let’s look at Building Information Management, which I have used in some form or another for many years. Formally it started when SharePoint came along in windows server version 2003, this was a very handy tool for controlling document revisions, and who could access them or edit them. Also gave you the ability to distribute various types of documents to different groups very quickly and easily on a wide network of consultants and team players. One of the key requirements in my understanding of the next BIM system is ease of use; as I have found when trying to use other online systems if they are not straight forward and easy to use, people just won’t use them. They will ask the “document controller” to do it on their behalf.
Any Thoughts?