Building Information Management/Modeling (BIM) is a fascinating process that is quickly revolutionizing the way we design and construct our built environment. It is so much more than software. It is better described as a process to be followed. The details of the process vary from designer to designer, contractor to contractor and owner to owner. But maximum detail requirements or minimum, slowly and steadily the design and construction industry is working to reach a common point. A point where all elements of the building design process, building construction, and facility maintenance is being modeled, manipulated and managed within the virtual environment.
Architects, engineers and contractors are able to model (create three-dimensionally) nearly all of the components needed to construct their clients’ buildings. Before they actually construct the building. With all of the pieces in place, they are able to determine what needs to be adjusted to get everything to work together; be that floors and beams, walls and piping, windows and roofs, or fire sprinklers and cable trays. Sub-contractors and manufactures can pre-fabricate many of their assemblies in the factory (where it is less expensive and more accurate), to be assembled on-site. With the added bonus that their systems are not going to have to be changed because someone else arrived on site first and used the space they had intended for their assembly. Savings of 10% to 50% can be had by eliminating the costly change orders that typically arise when this happens.
As we move into the future, BIM and its component software allow us to extend beyond the building itself, to include roads, parking structures, retaining walls and site grading. All can now be easily created three-dimensionally by civil engineers. Modeling in three dimensions brings the site to life, and aids architects and owners immeasurably by allowing them to visualize how their designs both effect and are affected by the environment.
At McNeil Engineering our goal is to aid contractors, owners and architects in meeting the requirements of the BIM process as prescribed in their contracts. We provide 3-D modeling for: conflict coordination between building systems; architectural components; structural framing; and even site work. We are motivated to see that all stakeholders benefit from discovering where the conflicts are, long before anyone actually starts digging foundations, erecting steel, installing ducts, or running conduit. Give us a call today to discuss what we can do to help you succeed using the BIM process.
BIM Services can include:
- Mechanical Systems Modeling
- Wet Mechanical
- Dry Mechanical
- Electrical Systems Modeling
- Building & Site Concrete Modeling
- Attend BIM Coordination meetings
- Clash Detection & Systems Modifications
- Shop Drawings (based upon standards determined by client)
- Modeling of Historic Structures
- Historic Preservation
- Record Documents
- 3D BIM Modeling
- Photo-Realistic Rendering
- Fly-through and/or Walk-through animation
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