Building components represented in an active learning tool at 1:5 scale help students in construction learn about building information modeling and 3D design, as well as such basics as setting out, estimating and space planning. The Bimbrix product was developed by chartered surveyor Richard Winson as a "more practical, effective approach to teaching the necessary skills."
The advantages of using building information modeling in construction and design projects, including accelerating the process to gain green-building credits, fewer errors, cost savings and improved sustainability, will be featured during the "BIM Day Out" event in Perth, Australia, July 18-19. The two-day event will showcase "the benefits of the enhanced analysis, evaluation and collaboration that BIM entails," writes Kristen Avis.
Computer analysis and visualization environment, or CAVE, technology is typically used to integrate concurrent engineering sessions drawing on Building Information Modeling, says Jay Mezher, director of virtual design and construction for Parsons Brinckerhoff. Design, schedule and cost information are brought together for examination and discussion by all stakeholders in a single session. One key to the process for a number of years now has been 3-D modeling, Mezher says, noting the vast amount of information contained in such models, providing a valuable resource for meeting specified parameters.
The use of building information modeling is growing as its benefits -- such as improved visualization, ease of information retrieval, reduction of errors -- become more apparent. BIM aids in collaboration among different parties and, when using integrated project delivery, BIM can be levered to be even more useful. There is also a new tool for contractors in the form of Kai's Build Before You BuildSM. According to a general contractor using BBYB, "1 hour of BIM saves 10 hours in the field."
The design process in the construction industry is moving toward five-dimensional building information modeling software. Observers say the 5D software, which was launched about a year ago, has the ability to account for cost as a factor in a project.