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
“God is in the details!”
“BIM, first of all, is not a software but a process.
“There are 360 degrees, why use only one.”
“When we create these Residential Towers, a typical construction set would be anywhere from 200 to 300 Architectural Drawings.”
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.