BSRIA warns BIM readiness for 2016 is essential

BSRIA is concerned by the fact that three quarters of surveyors believe non-adoption of BIM could seriously hinder the UK construction sector over the next year, according to research published by the RICS.

The RICS survey also finds that although a large majority of surveying firms have considered the business case for BIM adoption (74 per cent), there is still a large proportion of firms (49 per cent) not using BIM in the day-to-day aspects of their work.

Of those not currently using BIM within their organisation, 68 per cent of respondents said that “they don’t think there is enough information available for small companies in order to aid them with adoption”.

In addition, 31 per cent of surveyors claim that there is not a need to use the technology in their organisation, while over a quarter (26 per cent) stated that they don’t feel their firm has the technical skills in place to implement the technology.

BSRIA’s Principal Consultant and BIM specialist, John Sands, said: “This research is very alarming news with only a few months to go before BIM must be adopted in January 2016. Businesses have had long enough to make the necessary arrangements. In August, BSRIA circulated a sector-wide survey about the adoption of ‘BIM Level 2’, noting the government requirement for BIM Level 2 engagement with centrally procured contracts during 2016. The building services industry should be in a position to make the most of the opportunities it will present.”

John added: “Non-adoption is likely to have a negative impact on the industry as a whole. It’s clear from the research that the industry needs to be doing more to help such surveying firms – as well as the wider industry – in getting up to speed with the technology, particularly when it comes to how they can implement the technology across their organisation.”

Government is committed to using BIM to improve its management and operation of buildings and infrastructure. Mechanical, electrical and plumbing services are all critical to the effective operation of buildings.

Is BIM Level 2 achievable by 2016?

The UK government has mandated that all centrally-funded work is to be undertaken using BIM by 2016. The deadline is now less than a year away, and those organisations that haven’t yet jumped on the bandwagon are feeling the pressure. In this week’s blog we will look into how achievable BIM Level 2 by 2016 is.

Recent research conducted by UK Construction Week in partnership with BRE, which questioned more than 1,200 architects, contractors, developers, engineers and product manufacturers about their experiences of BIM, revealed a number of uncertainties throughout the industry. The study suggested that three quarters of construction professionals do not believe the industry is ready to meet mandatory BIM Level 2 requirements by 2016, and that a further 62 per cent of respondents replied that they do not understand what is needed in order to meet the requirements of BIM Level 2. The results also uncovered a tension between the expectations of the specification community and the perceived demand for BIM-compliant products by manufacturers and suppliers.

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Another study, conducted by CONJECT, highlights the significant leaps forward needed to attain BIM Level 2 compliance by 2016. The survey sample consisted of 813 respondents with 70% from the CONJECT database and 30% from third party sources. Whilst 85% were from the supply chain, the asset owner functions were also represented in the research.

The need for training was consistently highlighted throughout the results of the survey, and from those who answered, some felt that BIM was something imposed on them, holding limited benefits but costing time and money. The research suggests there is still a considerable way to go before the industry can say it is BIM ready. Although main contractors and to a some degree subcontractors and consultants appear enthusiastic to improve their BIM capabilities, there is still a view that BIM is optional, or that it only applies to those who work in the public sector or on larger jobs.

However, overall acceptance and adoption of BIM does appear to be on the increase, with 85 per cent of respondents for the UK Construction Week study claim that its introduction is a positive development for the industry. Only 16 per cent of the sample have never used BIM and have no plans to do so, while the remainder are already active or are preparing to embark on BIM projects in the near future.

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We hold a more optimistic view, and believe now is the optimum time for product manufacturers to start their BIM journey (if they haven’t already) as the optional tools to support manufacturers’ BIM adoption will be launched at their event on 28th July. They also state there is increasing clarity on what is required from product manufacturers, making it easier to provide the right information at the right time, to the right people.

It seems that there is still a long way for the requirements of the 2016 BIM mandate to be met, even though the industry is moving towards this goal. There is a lot of help available for those struggling to implement the required level, however it also seems that education on the requirement and its optionality is required. The important thing to remember is that no-one is alone.

What do you think? Will the UK industry meet the requirements of the 2016 BIM mandate?

BIM Levels Explained

Those who have, or are looking to embrace BIM as part of their processes, know that BIM is essentially value creating collaboration through the entire life-cycle of an asset, underpinned by the creation, collation and exchange of shared 3D models and intelligent, structured data attached to them.

But with all this talk about BIM levels, it can get pretty confusing for those not yet familiar with the environment. Some ask; is all BIM not the same? The short answer is: No. BIM has different levels (often described as ‘maturity levels’) of file based collaboration and library management, not to mention the CAD capabilities. In this blog we aim to explain the different levels of BIM without clogging it with jargon.

BIM levels explained

Level 0

The majority of the industry is already well ahead of this now. This, the simplest form of BIM, is an unmanaged CAD including 2D drawings, and text with paper-based or electronic exchange of information but without common standards and processes. Essentially this is a digital drawing board without the option to collaborate with other users.

Level 1

This version of BIM is a managed CAD, with the increasing introduction of spatial coordination, standardised structures and formats as it moves towards Level 2 BIM. Typically BIM Level 1 comprises a mixture of 3D CAD for concept work, and 2D for statutory approval documentation and production information. This may include 2D information and 3D information such as visualisations or concept development models. However, in Level 1, models are not shared between project team members.

Level 2

This is the level the Government is expecting the industry meet by 2016. This is distinguished by collaborative working – all parties use their own 3D CAD models, but are not necessarily working on a single, shared model. The collaboration comes in the form of how the information is exchanged between different parties. Design information is shared through a common file format, which enables any organisation to be able to combine the used data with their own in order to make a federated BIM model, and to carry out interrogative checks on it. Level 2 BIM is a managed 3D environment with data attached, but created in separate discipline-based models. Even though the separate models are assembled to form a federated model, but do not lose their identity or integrity. Data may include construction sequencing (4D) and cost (5D) information.

Level 3

The next level of BIM, not yet upon us, often described as the “Holy Grail” of BIM. Level 3 represents full collaboration between all disciplines by means of using a single, shared project model which is held in a centralized repository, and will be compliant with emerging Industry standards. BIM level 3 aims to be a single collaborative, online, project model with construction sequencing (4D), cost (5D) and project lifecycle information (6D).

BIM: A two-way flow of information

There are a lot of interesting discussions happening at the moment around BIM as the industry moves towards reaching BIM Level 2 maturity before April 2016. Many great questions and comments from the product manufacturing community about how they are adopting BIM.

Why can’t BIM inform a supplier when their products have been specified?

A small manufacturing company approached me with their concern that, as a supplier, they rarely get to know when their products have been specified until the traditional old way of either receiving requests for tender information from contractors or sub-contractors, or following up on projects.

With BIM being promoted as a process that can improve efficiency within the supply chain, I wanted to look at why this might be happening.

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The industry is focusing on working with product manufacturers to adopt BIM processes in time for April 2016, including providing the right information and delivering this content in the right way. It seems that looking at how we can improve efficiency in the supply chain – including establishing a two-way flow of information – is the next stage.

Early manufacturer engagement

It makes sense that manufacturers want to know at an early stage what projects their products have been specified on so they can offer expert advice from the beginning, as well as looking to reduce the impact of lead times for a particular product, enabling them to schedule production and helping to improve internal processes.

We often talk about early contractor engagement, but is there also a need to focus on early manufacturer engagement to ensure the supply chain is receiving the right information at the right time?

A real problem for product manufacturers is that engagement with manufacturers is too often seen as a one-way, not a two-way process. It is a real missed opportunity to make significant efficiencies through the supply chain.

There are short term solutions. In creating content we need to make sure manufacturers and the supply chain and specifiers work together, instead of throwing information over the fence and saying that we ‘do BIM’. We need to maintain the link between the manufacturing process and project (and product) delivery and operation.

Often the best way to do this is for a product manufacturer to hold content on their own website, or issue it on request, so they know when their content is being used. Specifiers can also contact manufacturers directly from the model, which improves the speed of information transfer and ensures additional support can be given where required.

What is being done to address this issue in the long term?

This is a significant issue that industry is trying to address, but it is a slow process because many still see information exchange between product supplier and others as a one-way process. Product Data Templates support this approach, and it makes it easier to ensure the whole team is joined up, and manufacturers’ information requirements can also be included in the templates.

Looking at the scale of the construction challenge ahead to meet the forecast global increase in urbanisation, we need to work together from product manufacture, right through the asset lifecycle if we are to succeed.’

It seems that in order to realise the full potential of BIM and improve supply chain efficiencies, the flow of information needs to be a two-way process – product manufacturers and suppliers providing the right information at the right time, and specifiers engaging with the manufacturer at an early stage to offer support and ensure the availability of a product. But this is only the beginning…

BIM for the future generations

One of the more pressing issues currently facing the construction industry is that there still remains a serious skills shortage. According to recent reports, there are two main reasons for this: a lack of high-quality training, and a lack of investment. As the industry as a whole looks to tackle this, I have decided to look at one of the hottest topics in construction at the moment, BIM, and what is being done to ensure young aspiring industry professionals are up to speed and ready to embrace BIM in the future.

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One of the most obvious solutions to helping young people with BIM would seem to be apprenticeships. By attracting great young minds to your company, they can learn the BIM processes quickly and carry this knowledge forward with them. Indeed more and more companies are training and mentoring their apprentices with BIM in mind. These bright young minds are a new generation of designers and detailers who are getting equipped for the future, ready to lead construction into the modern age. With this in mind, it is absolutely vital that young trainees are taught in detail on processes such as CAD and BIM, with all of the latest software available, as it will be applications like these which will be at the heart of the construction industry for years to come.

Preparing the future generations for BIM only becomes more important when you consider that the government is mandating Level 2 BIM as a minimum by 2016. Unless companies invest in their young workers learning BIM and all that it entails, they run a big risk in falling behind the times and may find it difficult to catch up. Moreover, there is evidence to suggest the younger workers are responding extremely well to learning about BIM, with young students picking it up very quickly.

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It would seem companies are recognising that there can be a lot gained for them by investing in the right training programmes for their young workers. It is vital that they understand how important BIM is now and will be in the future. By teaching young aspiring architects, surveyors, and project managers about BIM now, companies can ensure that they will be providing BIM brilliance in the future.

BIM 2015: What does it mean for you…?

BIM has been big news in the built environment for the last few years. As part of a Government initiative to reduce building costs, the Cabinet Office published the Government Construction Strategy in 2011. This strategy announced that all Government funded construction projects will “require collaborative 3D BIM (with all project and asset information, documentation and data being electronic) by 2016”. With less than a year to go to the government’s BIM Level 2 deadline we have been looking into what BIM will mean for those involved in the life cycle of a BIM project:

• The Architect
• The Building Product Manufacturer
• The Contractor
• The Facilities Manager
• The Health & Safety Manager 

The Architect
BIM modelling has been gathering momentum whilst having a major impact on the construction industry. This digital media tool allows architects to create a virtual building information model. While the word ’BIM’ might strike fear into an architect’s heart, the reality is it should be embraced.

The BIM visualisation model will allow for much more scope in the design process of projects. With BIM, a building can be modelled with greater detail, covering things like plumbing, partitions and internal layouts, getting into the heart of a building at the early stages. This is a great improvement on current modelling tools used such as 3D studio Max and AutoCAD, as architects will now have the power to go into detailed design at the early stages of the overall process. Moving forward, this means a great deal of time and money can be saved in the later stages.

One of the most beneficial features of BIM for an architect is ‘clash detection’. Put simply, this is an application which allows computer processes to check certain rules like code regulations and any possible structural issues with a building. Identifying these problems at an early stage might prove crucial, rather than only discovering any potential issues late in the day, when the cost has the potential to be much more excessive.

Like any new technology or system introduced, the initial feeling can be one of hesitation or uncertainty, until it is used more frequently, when it then just becomes the ‘norm’. BIM modelling is no different. Embrace this product, and architects will find a revolutionary tool, and one in which will have a fundamental impact on the way buildings are designed and built.

The Building Product Manufacturer
“BIM is NOT scary for building product manufacturers” claimed John Tebbit from the Construction Products Association in his seminar “BIM for the Terrified” at Ecobuild 2014. This proclamation is a big statement for many building product manufacturers who are treading carefully when it comes to BIM. But with the 2016 deadline looming, and government projects accounting for around 60% of all UK construction projects, not being BIM-ready by 2016 is a big risk for building product manufacturers.

Project information is embedded within BIM data meaning information from all disciplines can be extracted from the same source model. Implementing BIM will see projects evolve from the traditional linear “design-bid-build” delivery. The BIM model is housed in a “Cloud” allowing all disciplines simultaneous access resulting in more collaboration earlier in the process.

This collaborative way of working should be embraced by building product manufacturers. Having your products available as BIM components will allow specifiers the convenience of dropping your products directly into their design. Once in the model, products become an integral part of the proposal and are, therefore, less likely to be re-specified further down the build process.

BIM is not solely a design and build tool, it is also able to deliver information to building operators throughout the life of the building. This makes BIM an invaluable tool for product manufacturers as they are able to supply building operators with integral information about their products. Maintenance requirements, operating instructions and spare part information can be included in a manufacturer’s BIM offering meaning that a building operator’s first call if there is a requirement for product maintenance or parts is back to the manufacturer.

There are a number of resources out there that can help you when implementing BIM. On www.bimpanzee.com you can find some new tools to help manufacturers find more information about implementing BIM. You can also download the “BIM for the terrified” guide from the Construction Products Association for a great in-depth introduction.

The Contractor
A report by McGraw Hill indicated that just 11% of contractors were frequent users of BIM, compared with 60% for other consultants. There are different reasons as to why this may be the case, one of the main ones being that contractors are not primarily involved with which design systems are used, their involvement comes later. It seems there is a consensus amongst contractors that BIM is solely focused on the initial design elements and it ends there, thus meaning any involvement they may have with BIM will be minimal. However, when used correctly, BIM can be used collaboratively throughout the whole construction process.

One of the main benefits of this for contractors, as is the case for architects and the rest of the supply chain, is that the process should be quicker. This will ensure contractors can be ready to begin on site at a much earlier date than perhaps would be possible with CAD drawings. Moreover, using BIM, contractors can separately create models for estimating, fabrication or a simulation of what the construction will look like, without sharing the models. When you think of this benefit, and take into account the fact that contractors will also be receiving more comprehensive data from the design team, including a fully detailed prototype of the building model for inspection, the statistic of just 11% seems surprising.

The Facilities Manager
A recent paper published by the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors (RICS) states that “it is widely accepted that it costs up to five times more to operate and maintain a building than to construct it”. With this in mind the real value of BIM becomes clear. The technology is about the lifetime value of a building not solely about the design and build process yet many facilities managers cite initial investment as a concern when it comes to implementing BIM.

BIM is capable of providing facilities professionals with reliable data about their properties which has the potential to offset any initial investment concerns. The technology can help create facilities that are more efficient with lower carbon emissions making them less costly to run. BIM can also hold information on products and materials used in the construction of a building. This means that maintenance, repair and replacement of building products can be simpler to acquire after the initial handover period is complete, significantly reducing maintenance costs.

As well as the benefits of BIM in maintaining a building the data from building information models can also be used for space management, disaster planning and to create accurate depictions of the physical conditions, environment and assets of a facility.

The benefits of BIM for facilities management are far reaching and should be embraced. As with the other sectors collaborative working is key for successful BIM implementation. By collaborating with those involved in the design and construction of a building, facilities managers can more effectively manage the space and assets in operation and maintenance for the life of the building.

The Health & Safety Manager
For the health and safety manager, BIM can become an important technology to utilise. For example, scenarios can be simulated in the virtual world before getting on site, enabling workers to address any potential risks without the danger. Automated checking can also be completed meaning rule sets can be analysed to detect hazards. For example, BIM can detect where a fall arrest system should be used. BIM can also help to plan out sequences of work in a timeline, and detect clashes on construction sites. This means that if a particular order of work becomes a safety risk, the Health & Safety expert can avert a potentially dangerous situation.

The next step…
A recurring factor for those hesitant to adopt BIM appears to be initial investment in new technologies and processes. When looking into implementing BIM we must, as an industry, look beyond the initial problems and embrace this new way of working. There is a lot to gain that more than offsets the upfront costs of BIM and so it is in everyone’s interest to make it work.

SIMPLIFIES THE CONSTRUCTION PRODUCTION PLANNING PROCESS WITH BIM 360 PLAN

A commercial construction site is a series of scheduling bottlenecks and productivity pitfalls waiting to happen. If material deliveries are delayed, workers can be left standing around with nothing to do. Subcontractors—from the drywall team, to the electrical crew—can inadvertently get in each other’s way if they’re working against the same deadlines.  Meanwhile, ever-changing conditions on the jobsite mean that even the most carefully laid plans are constantly being rewritten.

Autodesk BIM 360 Plan, a new web service and mobile app, aims to help eliminate many of these headaches by providing production planning software that incorporates Lean Construction practices with an easy-to-use, highly visual interface.  It’s a fresh, new, and cloud-enhanced way to evolve from today’s tedious manual processes involving spreadsheets and other forms of documentation and collaboration.

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BIM 360 Plan helps contractors build reliable work plans through cloud and mobile collaboration. Image courtesy of Autodesk.

As a result, construction contractors can increase the reliability of their project work plans, and reduce waste associated with overproduction, excess inventory, and task rework—all of which helps preserve project profits.

“As the construction industry explores and adopts new approaches to project delivery, Lean Construction is emerging as the best practice for project execution,“  said Jim Lynch, Vice President, Building and Collaboration Product Line Group, Autodesk.  “BIM 360 Plan can help customers conduct these lean practices more efficiently”.
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DPR Project Superintendent, Brad Marshall using BIM 360 Plan to manage the production planning process for University of Arizona Bioscience Partnership Building in Phoenix, AZ.  Image courtesy of DPR Construction.

Easy, Mobile & Collaborative

Simple to learn and intuitive to use, BIM 360 Plan helps a wide range of team players—from superintendents and crew foremen, to project engineers—to quickly and easily create and update their production plans and then get back to the job at hand.

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The BIM 360 Plan interface allows the user(s) to view/create their work plan in either list, gantt, or swim lane modes.  Image courtesy of Autodesk.

Web and mobile access puts BIM 360 Plan wherever work gets done, from the trailer to the field. This “anywhere, anytime” access provides real-time visibility into production planning commitments, timelines, and hand-offs.
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Each BIM 360 Plan subscription includes access to the companion iPad app which allows the user to login and download their designated project plan for use on the go.  Image courtesy of Autodesk.

Not only does this replace the manual process of entering data into spreadsheets to create weekly schedule updates—it eliminates the time and effort required to distribute the information to project stakeholders.

BIM 360 Plan also enables continuous improvement by tracking and reporting on key performance metrics. Users can drill down to see metrics for a specific phase, location or trade partner on the project.  The idea is that BIM 360 Plan will bring lessons learned into the master schedule process to better define the schedule itself.
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BIM 360 Plan automatically tracks the projects Planned Percent Complete (PPC) percentage (total number of tasks divided by the tasks that have been marketed “complete”).  Image courtesy of Autodesk.-

Bentley opens door to 3D modelling from your phone

Infrastructure professionals will soon be able to instantly model the real world using the camera on their phone following the latest acquisition by construction software business Bentley Systems.

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 Digital images are converted to a 3D mesh scaled to the photo resolution

The acquisition of specialist digital photography firm Acute3D by Bentley Systems means that digital photography rather than expensive specialist laser scanning techniques can now be used to capture and convert real situations into scalable 3D models.

Greg Bentley, chief executive of Bentley described the acquisition as being “more exciting” than any other in the company’s 30 year history for its ability to at last put “reality modelling front and centre so that it can be part of every project and every asset”.

The ability to create a 3D model using digital photographs means that the gap between the real infrastructure on the ground and the data in digital models used by designers, constructors and asset managers will be more effectively bridged using this software breakthrough.

“We started with laser scanning and point clouds and that is integrated into our design and construction modelling and, in fact, many of our users now start every project with laser scanning and point clouds,” said Bentley highlighting the growing demand for so-called reality modelling across the sector.

“But the bridge is a better bridge if it does not have to start from rare and exotic observations that you might not have to hand,” he added. “Laser scanning is useful but you have to do it with a laser scanning device and specialist equipment and personnel.”

Photographs to 3D mesh model  The Acute3D software automatically converts any digital photographs into 3D meshes, scaled to the resolution of the photograph so that the closer you are to the object photographed, the greater the resolution of the mesh allowing either whole cities to be photographed and modelled or individual objects.

Any overlapping digital image can be used – from the camera on the phone in your pocket through to more sophisticated digital SLR cameras mounted on cars or on aircraft of unmanned UAVs.

And while the technology is not in itself new – it uses the same basic techniques currently seen on mapping such as used by Google – the key to the Acute3D solution is the ability to automatically output to a 3D mesh which is measurable and interfaces with design and construction models.

“There are two breakthroughs – first is that there is no laser scanning – it’s what is in your pocket or on your UAV,” explained Bentley. “But the other breakthrough is that the output is not a point cloud that is dumb and bulky but is a mesh in the same medium as our design and modelling environment.”

Data alignment

Reality modelling processes observations of existing asset conditions using data from conventional survey, laser scans, from digital photographs or a combination of all. However, for the output to be really useful to infrastructure professionals it must align with the data in the design and construction model.

Until now the only way to achieve this was to laser scan and create a point cloud model which is converted to a mesh to interface with the design and construction modelling. While still useful, the downside to point clouds is that they generate large data files and specialist equipment to is required to create them.

Acute3D research work has taken the state of the art of photogrammetry forward and the business was recently rewarded at the French “most innovative start-up” Awards. A free version of the software is available on Acute3D’s website.

The smart 3D capture product has emerged from a “think tank” of 25 man-years of research at two major European research institutes, École des Ponts ParisTech and Centre Scientifique et Technique du Bâtiment.

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs)

The use of UAVs for surveying is already becoming increasingly common across the industry. However, as Bentley explains, this new technology also enables the technique to move towards inspection by creating output that can be measured and interrogated as a part of the digital design and construction model.

RELATIONSHIP SHIFTS: THE FUTURE OF ARCHITECTURE AS SEEN THROUGH ROSE WINDOWS FROM THE 16TH CENTURY T

BIM_Shanghai_DisneylandIn 1599, British stonemason Robert Smythson undertook the creation of a rose window—one of the most iconic design elements in architecture.

His sketch for it encapsulates ideation typical of the time before architects and builders had so neatly divided their roles. What’s telling on that yellowed paper is the seemingly little distinction between the idea, the description of the design, and the built result.

So much—and so little—was communicated in that drawing. It wasn’t really created as instructions for the stained glass maker, the other masons, or any number of participants who actually did help in its ultimate creation.

The Future of Architecture: Building a 21st-Century Rose Window for Shanghai Disneyland. Now fast-forward to this century. The way things are imagined, designed, and created is much different, having evolved in response to the demands of the modern age: a lot more materials, systems, players, requirements…the list is endless.

For architecture, it’s been a major move from those Renaissance drawings to the “birth” of architects to 20th-century CAD to 21st-century BIM and the upcoming “Era of Connection.” Architects currently contend with code constraints, client demands, fast-and-furious deadlines, new technology hurdles—and it’s only going to intensify as the industry transitions to more and more global projects.

Take for instance the new Enchanted Storybook Castle at Shanghai Disneyland, an intricate and complex architectural design from the world-renowned Imagineering team. And, just as Smythson did, they are creating rose windows—among many incredible ornamental designs for Disney’s largest castle yet.

But the ideation and execution of their windows are unlike anything done before.

Like Smythson’s more than 400-year-old creation, the Shanghai rose windows share the ideation start with a sketch. The similarities end there, though. Beyond the sketch the idea was quickly translated into a parametric window object in BIM, allowing the design to be easily adjusted without rebuilding the component multiple times as it was refined. Each adjustment took just several minutes as almost none of the previous modeling effort is wasted. Wonder what Smythson would make of that?

What’s even more telling is the decision-making and collaboration to get the window fabricated and installed. The close collaboration of stonemason and field worker working side by side is replaced by a myriad of technicians, material suppliers, fabricators, and installers whose last project might have been a skyscraper or a hotel. A global network of businesses converge on a single site in China to make that window happen.

For Shanghai Disneyland, architects in the United States could evaluate and iterate with builders on-site in Shanghai via the cloud. Real-time updates were made with digital suggestions along the way. It’s an amazing example of what is happening now and an incredible preview into what will be seen in the Era of Connection with regard to design work and relationships.

Design via Infinite Computing and Each Other.Today the intertwining of digital and human collaboration has transformed how ideas are originated, decisions are made, and reality is created. Construction crews at Shanghai Disney Resort, as well as the Imagineers both at Walt Disney Imagineering Shanghai and the Imagineering team in Glendale, Calif., are continuously connected by the digital network. Their work is now empowered by infinite computing power (think cloud) that helps architects and builders to evaluate alternate—and perhaps even better—suggestions for complex problems that they may have never dreamt of discovering or vetting.

Take a moment to think of the evaluation of designs. Computers and cloud-enabled, reference-rich algorithms are good at supporting design decisions in two ways. First, measuring quantitative characteristics of an idea (how much material? how much carbon? how heavy?) as information that supports design decision-making; and second, accelerating iteration. Computer-supported alternatives mean you can generate more ideas, examine more avenues, and take more provisional risks on the way to an optimal answer.

Preparing for the Next Relationship Shift. In the new Era of Connection, imagine designing a building where a computer tells you “that doesn’t fit” or “you can’t connect that with human hands” or “you can’t get a paintbrush into that corner.” Or, in the case of a rose window, “that pane is too big to manufacture.” This is simple but potent stuff that will help anyone make incredibly empowered and better decisions—and save a lot of wasted time and money.

Then you have the outstanding questions. How are ideas originated? How are they evaluated? How are they selected and synthesized into results?

As seen over time, the answers to these questions always radically shift. In the future, the digital will have a larger, and more accurate, role for design and supplying those solutions and supporting human designers to do what they do best—create new ideas.

The rose window began as an oculus at the top of a dome in Roman times, then to its familiar Gothic form. The evolution of idea generation, decision-making, and construction collaboration can be seen clearly from the methods used to create a rose window in 16th-century England and a modern 21st-century Chinese princess castle.

Who knows what the next rose window might be? Perhaps it changes color with different times of day, or even transforms to tell a different story during different seasons. Only the designers and builders in the Era of Connection will tell.

How BIM Modeling is Beneficial for Building Construction Projects

Why do you think professional building information modeling services are critical for your Construction Company, engineers and architects?

While the benefits are32986A-Building-information-model1 innumerable, what matters most is to have all significant data during the development of the building and managing the same to complete the project in an economical and timely manner.

BIM gives the information and ideas on construction details and management of building and has become a vital tool in the pre-construction or planning of a facility as well as during the course of construction.

Building information modeling or BIM can be defined as a technology which is used for developing accurate, high quality and digital 3D models of a building project. The BIM software’s are proficient in developing an effective and detailed building design that helps the AEC (architects, engineers and contractors) professionals to perform several pre-construction, construction and post-construction related tasks in an effective manner.

Building Information Modeling can benefit Facility Management and the benefit comes from integrating a BIM model with a facility’s maintenance management system. Building Information Modeling can also benefit in space management.

How BIM helps to increase the business profit?

  1. Access to a better project scheduling and forecasting
  2. Elimination of design interferences in a significant manner
  3. Better quality and quantity estimation for the perfect construction project
  4. Better facility management of the structural project
  5. Save time and reduce project cost
  6. Minimizes rework
  7. Increase productivity
  8. Helps marketing
  9. Improves client relationship
  10. Reduce safety risk

BIM Junction stands as one of the most reliable Building Information Modeling solution providers in the field of building design and construction industry. The use of BIM technology has become the vital part in construction industry these days, as it detects conflicts and solves problems.

Some of the prominent benefits of the building information modeling with BIM Junction are:

  1. Outstanding quality as well as perfect documentation of construction process
  2. Cost effective and quality final product
  3. Adaptability to the International Building Information Modeling Standards
  4. Easy transfer of old AutoCAD drawings to Revit
  5. Creative and innovative ideas
  6. Efficient and effective work flow

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