Transforming Architecture through Building Information Modeling with Saurabh Goenka Part 2
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By Manish Paul SImon

On the second part of this two part series with Senior Architect & BIM lead Saurabh Goenka, we go in-depth into the world of Building Information Modeling aka BIM. What is BIM? What does a BIM project entail? Detailing in BIM, Automation in BIM, and lots lots more. 

One of the big philosophies that we work or I rather promote as an Architect and BIM lead is to separate the known from the unknown.” 
~ Saurabh Goenka
This blog will help you get started with BIM and what it takes to become a BIM expert. All this & more below!
(2:00) What is Building Information Modeling aka BIM?
(3:00) What does a BIM project entail?
(7:30) The importance of Detailing in BIM
“God is in the details!”
(8:50) How does someone get into BIM?
“BIM, first of all, is not a software but a process. 
(11:15) Automation in BIM
“There are 360 degrees, why use only one.”
 (14:15) Is BIM prevalent in lot of Urban Design Projects?
(16:30) The Power of Bluebeam for Design Documentation & Cross-collaboration.
(17:30) Features of Bluebeam
(18:00) Working with cloud systems like Clarity & BIM 360
(19:00) When wii BIM be implemented in India at a larger scale?
(26:00) Quick Fire Round
What do you know now that you didn’t know back then?
What’s one book that’s changed everything for you?
Too big to Fail
Who has inspired you the most as an Architect?
What else do you do apart from being an Architect?
Which is the most happening place in New York?
What advice would you give to young Architects?
 (31:00) Lesser number of sleepless nights because of BIM
“When we create these Residential Towers, a typical construction set would be anywhere from 200 to 300 Architectural Drawings.” 
 

From Wiki

Building information modeling (BIM) is a process supported by various tools and technologies involving the generation and management of digital representations of physical and functional characteristics of places. Building information models (BIMs) are files (often but not always in proprietary formats and containing proprietary data) which can be extracted, exchanged or networked to support decision-making regarding a built asset. Current BIM software is used by individuals, businesses and government agencies who plan, design, construct, operate and maintain diverse physical infrastructures, such as water, refuse, electricity, gas, communication utilities, roads, railways, bridges, ports and tunnels.

Let’s get this clear. BIM is not only used for Buildings but also for other infrastructure projects like roads, railways, bridges, and so on. It gives you the overall picture of the project through a detailed 3D model which not only helps you in understanding the services that the building entails but also stuff like schedules, project cost, life of the project, and more. Models can be detailed to the rod level if the project demands it.  

Bluebeam is simply a PDF tool like Adobe Acrobat and so on. But it is much more powerful than your average PDF tool. And it is now being used extensively by the AEC industry the world over.
I have personally used Bluebeam during my time at Atkins where we have done our QA/QC (Quality Assurance/Quality Checks) and various other tasks. The best part is that the checks can be done in the cloud and it is real-time. 

Clarity & BIM 360 are cloud-based systems that help you work on the cloud. They come pre-loaded with a lot of useful tools and systems that help better streamline your project. The best part about these systems is that you could get to work on a project remotely (even from another country) and get real-time updates. 

BIM is yet to be implemented in a bigger scale in India. But there is progress (although it seems to be slow). Many overseas MNCs have set-up base in India, wherein work is outsourced to India for cheaper labour and we cater to the projects overseas. Do we really need to be the next Shanghai or Beijing when it comes to BIM?
All this is going to change in the future but if you act now and get into BIM now, you will be at the forefront of this great industry. 

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