When digital takes over buildings
BIM is above all a way of working. It involves managing information related to a building and modeling it so that it can be exploited and shared among all stakeholders.
Construction and building management will undergo profound changes thanks to BIM.
Digital evolution now affects building construction and building operation throughout the building life cycle, increasing their operational efficiency and construction efficiency.
By linking geometric information, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of construction elements, in the form of a BIM model, it allows for more effective management of all aspects of a building.
What is BIM used for?
Complete control of your project from A to Z
BIM is primarily a way of working. It involves managing information related to a building and modeling it so that it can be exploited and shared among all stakeholders.
The construction and management of buildings will undergo a profound transformation thanks to BIM.
The digital evolution now affects the construction of buildings as well as the operation of buildings throughout their entire life cycle, thereby increasing their efficiency of operation and construction.
By linking geometric information, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities, and properties of construction elements in a BIM model, it allows for the management of all aspects of the project in a more efficient way.
Even in the embryonic state of the project, BIM already brings advantages by offering an enriched vision of the building as it will be constructed and placed in space. Through the creation of a prototype or virtual representation of what will be built, BIM allows a building to be constructed, tested, and analyzed in real-time even before the first shovel hits the ground.
Modeling at this stage allows for adjustments “in situ” and optimizations, particularly through the precision of measurements that will enable negotiation and optimization of choices for construction materials, thanks to a precise understanding of volumes or access difficulties to be considered.
In the planning phase of a building, BIM allows for anticipation and rationalization of decisions, and therefore budget optimization.
The large number of stakeholders involved in a construction project means that information tends to become fragmented and lost. By being accessible to all construction stakeholders, the BIM model ensures that no information is lost or altered. Enriching the BIM model during construction will also allow for greater precision for each trade, as well as better planning and management capabilities for the project owners.
Thus the electrician, the plumbing installer, the network equipment supplier, the heating engineer, the structural engineering firm, all have the same information at their disposal, federated in a single model that includes all information (energy calculations, heating and air conditioning sizing, equipment placement, alarms and security, maintenance, etc.).
In the construction phase, BIM helps to reduce risks (of errors, delays, overruns) and better manage the project.
The ability for the owner and client to control the conformity of the building during the construction process as well as at delivery is so precise that nothing can escape them. It is impossible not to respect the commitments made in terms of energy consumption, environmental impact, durability, and equipment availability.
In the delivery phase, BIM offers unprecedented quality and conformity assurance.
During the operation
Thanks to the knowledge acquired on all the technical aspects of the building, its maintenance will become more efficient. By linking the lifespan of materials, failures, and maintenance contracts, the operator will be able to anticipate replacements, plan maintenance, challenge equipment, organize replacements, and ultimately also evolve the building to ensure compliance with current regulations.
The arrival of connected objects, which can interface with the BIM, will allow the operator to carry out real-time management that will not only offer better energy efficiency but also better decision-making capacity and ultimately achieve savings (the digital model allows the management over time of DOE and DIUO and control CAPEX and OPEX).
In the operation phase, BIM allows for cost rationalization, valorization of real estate assets, and increased user comfort.