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BIM For Infrastructure

BIM for infrastructure on the face of it may seem like a strange concept given that BIM originally seemed to be exclusive to vertical building projects and manufacturing for the building products supply chain in its initial guise.
 
BIM-For-Infrastructure-ImageBut with a growing number of first class Autodesk 3D infrastructure software solutions and a forecasted exponential growth of BIM in the horizontal construction industry it is important for organisations to be BIM aware and invest in the appropriate BIM technology and knowledge as the approach gains precedence in the Civil Infrastructure arena.
 
The use of powerful BIM for Infrastructure tools even at the conceptual design stage allows infrastructure designers to map out a variety of schemes from the outset in order to maximize land usage and at the same time minimize environmental impact across the range of Civil Engineering disciplines, including Road, Rail, Utilities and GIS.

The Autodesk Infrastructure toolset also enables planners to quickly recognize construction areas that could throw up difficult engineering challenges allowing them to work through different solutions to minimize risk and also minimize potential infrastructure project costs.
 
Collaboration with BIM is greatly enhanced allowing infrastructure companies to present initial stage design ideas to stakeholders and planners so they can visually ascertain the impact of potential infrastructure projects.

There is certainly a major advantage of being BIM ready going forward in the infrastructure sector as it could be a contributing factor for deciding who a contract is given to when tenders are awarded so the more collaborative and forward thinking infrastructure contractors can be the more likely they are to win the project.

By investing in BIM for Infrastructure civil engineering businesses will be able to increase the efficiency and profitability within the company as well as being more competitive in the marketplace, and with government deadlines for capital projects to be completed using BIM methodologies fast approaching, business that are BIM ready will no doubt be the first call for supply.

If your company works in the infrastructure sector and you want to increase collaboration and profit potential in this budding environment then please call us to discuss your BIM needs with one of our experts on (281) 445-6161.

Further information about BIM can be found in the Graitec BIM White Paper which describes the emergence of UK marketplace and elsewhere, as well as referencing key Government documentation and other useful articles.
 
Alternatively you could visit our BIM resources page for a wide range of further BIM resources pertinent to BIM for infrastructure and BIM in general.

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BIM Implementation Services

BIM implementation services are often a pre-requisite  for the revolutionary approach that is Building Information Modelling (BIM).

This cutting edge methodology has expanded to become the norm within numerous sectors including Architectural, Engineering, Construction and even the Manufacturing sector, as Architects demands for BIM ready content from the manufacturing for construction supply chain continues to grow.

The use of this intelligent model-based process provides an insight for creating and managing building projects faster, more economically and with less environmental impact.

Here at Graitec USA, Inc., we not only offer the software you need to get started in the world of BIM, but also offer our clients the assistance they may require to implement BIM and get the most from their software investment.

Outset Meeting

BIM-construction-imageFor any business, organization or project that is looking to employ BIM the actual implementation can be difficult part.

Trying to get your employees or colleagues to adopt the method and new procedures will certainly need forward-thinking at the initial stage, to ensure you are building a solid foundation that will meet your ongoing requirements.
 
Our Graitec USA BIM consultants will be able to help you at this preliminary stage by gaining an understanding of your organisation and the objectives you wish to achieve from implementing BIM to support you in documenting your deployment plan.
 
Throughout the meeting our consultants will look to identify:

              • Existing office set up
              • Existing standards implemented
              • Any existing CAD standards/protocols
              • Practice BIM aspiration and potential timeline for deployment
              • General projects undertaken
              • Current Hardware/Software/Training expectancy

It is advised that a minimum of one day is taken for this meeting dependent on the business size/project complexity but additional day may be required to document the practice deployment plan.

To arrange your first step into BIM with our Graitec USA, Inc. consultants, call us on (281) 445-6161 or request more information.

Template Creation

Template creation is an integral part of Building Information Modelling that enables your business, organisation or project to have the initial core components for the implementation of the approach in your projects.

Graitec USA will provide a number of elements for you to be able to get underway with BIM, including:

              • Set up Basic template
              • Set up Titleblocks
              • Adapt template to contain any required Views
              • Alter Browser Organisation to suit
              • Create any basic Schedules required
              • Load in any basic families required
              • Bespoke the template with regards to annotation items
              • Set up AutoCAD layers standards for export
              • Set up on the Server
              • Aid the setup of basic library structure


It is advised that this is taken over three days but if recommended by the consultant this could be carried out over more or less day’s dependent on the needs of the business, organization or project.

BIM Documentation

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In order for your business, organization or project to implement BIM properly in your forthcoming project or projects you will require a BIM protocol and execution plan that will allow you to routinely implement BIM in the future.
 
These documents will be produced and presented to you by one of our Graitec USA BIM consultants who will deliver a custom plan for your needs.
 
To provide you with these documents, your Graitec USA BIM consultant will:

              • Be onsite to discuss documentation requirements
              • Check existing Workflows
              • Discuss existing folder structure, procurement and tender methodology
              • Run through current CAD, other software and current BIM Standards and Protocols
              • Create generic practice BIM Execution Plan
              • Discuss any additional Supporting Documents as required
              • Onsite to go through created BIM Execution Plan
              • Discuss any additional requirements, or amendments
              • Alter BIM Execution Plan and Supporting Documents as required

It is recommended that this should take three days but if recommended by the consultant this could require more days dependent on the needs of the business, organization or project.

Further BIM Documentation

Once your business, organization or project has implemented BIM and Revit on the initial stages of your project or a prelude team has been selected to employ the approach our Graitec USA BIM consultant will be able to assist you further.

BIM White Papers, Reports and Resources

With a plethora of different websites, blogs and forums discussing Building Information Modelling and all the various areas it impacts, it can be difficult to sort through the noise and access real key BIM information.

Below is a collection of resources that we hope you find useful and educational, but if you have further questions please do not hesitate to give us a call.

National BIM Standard-United States

The National BIM Standard-United States® (NBIMS-US™) provides consensus based standards through referencing existing standards, documenting information exchanges and delivering best business practices for the entire built environment.

With open BIM standards we can build detailed models then deliver accurate products that can be used during commissioning and operation to ensure facility functionality throughout the life of the facility and to deliver high performance, carbon neutral, and net zero energy based facilities.

U.S. General Services Administration – BIM Guide

In 2003, the General Services Administration (GSA), through its Public Buildings Service (PBS) established the National 3D-4D-BIM Program. Since then, this program has evolved into a collaboration between the Public Buildings Information Technology Services (PB-ITS) and PBS, through its Governance Board.  The program supports BIM uses across all PBS business lines.

Penn State BIM Execution Planning

The goal of the website is to be a hub for the Project BIM Execution, Owner BIM Execution Planning Guides and BIM use definitions.

The US Army Corps of Engineers - CAD/BIM Technology Center

The CAD/BIM Technology Center runs the complete range of CAD and BIM, including setting standards, promoting system integration, and providing assistance for the installation, training, operation, and maintenance of CAD and BIM systems.

The VA BIM Guide

The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) Office of Construction & Facilities Management (CFM) provides design, major construction, and lease project management, design and construction standards, environmental, and historic preservation services and expertise to the Department of Veterans Affairs to deliver high quality, cost effective facilities in support of our Nation's Veterans.

AIA Digital Practice Documents

AIA Digital Practice documents may be used for any projects involving digital data or Building Information Modeling. AIA Document E203 is an exhibit to an agreement that establishes the parties’ expectations for the use of digital data and building information modeling on the project and sets the process for developing detailed protocols governing the use of digital data and building information modeling.

Once agreed to, the relevant protocols and procedures are set forth in G202, Project Building Information Modeling Protocol Form.

McGraw Hill BIM Report 2012

A detailed and interesting report detailing insights into BIM adoption in the North American construction market.

The reports offers a very useful insight across many levels of the effect BIM has had in the industry and also the rapid acceleration in adoption not only in the Architectural arena but also engineering and the construction supply chain.

It also includes case studies and real world problem solving benefits of BIM methodologies.

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BIM Overview - Graitec BIM White Paper

The term BIM (Building information Modelling) seems to have become the de-facto phrase for the construction industry in recent history, but as more businesses become aware of the term, many are still in a learning curve as to what BIM actually is and why Building Information Modelling has evolved.

Also more important to many before they start to investigate BIM in more detail, is to give themselves an understanding of what BIM actually means for them if they are a local architect, construction company or perhaps a construction product manufacturer.

The Graitec BIM white paper will help give you an informative high level overview of BIM in general and has a number of authority references to further white papers, Government publications, BIM articles and websites, so you can start to make informed business planning decisions about your future potential BIM adoption strategy.

Where BIM Began

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The term BIM or building information was first invented by Autodesk back in 2002 to describe a 3D model centric process that could potentially drive massive cost reductions and a host of associated benefits to a wide audience of businesses involved in the AEC industry.

This cradle to grave 3D model centric workflow whilst being a relatively new paradigm to the construction industry, was already widely adopted and very well established in the manufacturing arena in the guise of digital prototyping.

Manufacturing companies due to expanding global competition were driven to adopt an adapt to survive mentality and deliver projects to far tighter timescales and at reduced cost, but at the same time these businesses still needed to remain profitable.

So as a result of market pressures, manufacturing sector processes literally evolved to take advantage of 3D model centric technology and Digital Prototyping became an industry standard that continues to evolve to this day.

The Construction Process Evolves

The construction industry is now undergoing a similar evolution of its own as construction projects are becoming global and the whole industry is under extreme pressure to deliver innovative and sustainable construction projects at far lower costs than ever before.

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Autodesk technology tools such as the Autodesk Industry Collections are also continually evolving to help construction professionals take maximum advantage of BIM methodologies with extended toolsets design to enhance BIM workflows and collaborate more effectively in the cloud.

BIM In The Private and Public Sector

Bim-image2Building owners in the private sector are becoming increasingly savvy to technology and not surprisingly (given potential construction project cost savings) are increasingly starting to stipulate the use of BIM (building information modelling) workflows and deliverables not only for the construction phase, but for the buildings on-going life cycle and for forward management of assets.

Not every construction project will require full BIM workflows of course, but the 3D model centric approach also delivers innumerable benefits so should not be ignored even on non BIM related projects (see Revit is not just for BIM). 

But it is not only the private sector that is driving the adoption of BIM (in the UK and across the world), the UK government is also driving BIM (building information modelling) adoption on an accelerating basis on a number of different fronts, and for a variety of economic reasons.

The government's own BIM program got under way mid-2011 following guidance from the Construction Industry Council and also the Building Information Modelling Task Group which produced a comprehensive Building Information Modelling (BIM) Working Party Strategy Paper (download here)

The task group brings together expertise from industry, government, public sector, institutes and academia, to accelerate the wider adoption of BIM technologies and processes across both the private and public sectors and also to aid the construction supply chain (see BIM for manufacturers not just construction).

HM Government also produced via the Department for Business Innovation & Skills  an industrial strategy for BIM (Building Information Modelling) which outlines their findings as well as detailing their BIM program for the UK
The government BIM program has a three cornered strategy which clearly lays out the government's own action plan which is to:

1) FULLY COMMIT TO THE EXISTING BIS BIM PROGRAM TO CREATE CRITICAL MASS
2) AIM FOR GROWTH
3) HELP CREATE THE FUTURE BY CONTINUALLY DEVELOPING OUR CAPABILITIES.

The full government BIM industrial strategy document can be downloaded from here and is a recommended read.

Bim-image3Whilst economic growth and UK technology development will not be the prime focus of many business owners considering the ramifications or necessity of adopting BIM in the first instance, the government's plan to fully commit and create critical mass for BIM should be.

Especially as this ensures that the Governments mandate can be fulfilled and they meet their target to ensure that public sector centrally procured construction projects will be delivered using BIM by 2016.

BIM is also seen by the government as a "significant tool" for them to achieve their own internal cost reduction targets on capital projects of between 15-20% by the year 2015.

BIM Is Here To Stay

The increased adoption of BIM in the private sector and the Government mandate for the adoption and delivery of capital projects in BIM alone should be a clear marker in the sand for the future of BIM. This should also help to alleviate the doubt of many businesses in the construction arena who may be still be sitting on the fence so to speak.

BIM For Manufacturers

mBIM-200The widespread adoption of BIM and building information modelling processes and workflows also has a knock on effect for construction manufacturers too, as this means that much of the construction supply chain will need to be in a position to deliver Revit content or BIM ready data as part of their project deliverables.

This is already being experienced with project delivery in BIM format being cited as key deliverables in project tender documents. The requirements for BIM for the construction supply chain has also been identified in the government's own industrial strategy document (see also BIM for Manufacturing).

This has led to some manufacturers for construction seeing BIM as a threat and risk to future profitability, whilst others have or will see it as the cost of doing business in an evolving market, but at the same time a profit and growth opportunity for early adopters.

Whilst participation in BIM related projects is not mandatory for manufacturing for construction companies, given the current accelerating level of adoption of BIM, the government mandate and the fact that construction products represent around 40% of the value of UK construction output; building product manufacturers not meeting the growing needs of the market could quite easily experience a diminishing market share.

Summary

The on-going adoption and acceleration of BIM methodologies across construction projects in the private and public sector worldwide continues apace and BIM adoption is no longer in question in reality, as the initial debate has run its course.

Key players in industry have already planned, already adopted or are in the process enhancing their current BIM workflows and deliverables to further maximize the benefits of adopting BIM.

Focus has already switched from should we adopt thinking to how can we best adopt planning, so inevitably it won't be too long before BIM will simply be the norm and considered the natural evolution of the construction process by all.

If you would like further information or would like to explore or discuss the adoption of BIM in your business, or you need help with your BIM implementation please give us a call on (281) 445-6161.

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BIM For Manufacturing

BIM for manufacturing may seem at first glance to be a bit of a misnomer given that for many BIM seems to be inherent in the construction space. But as the evolution and adoption of BIM continues to accelerate at an exponential rate, the importance of businesses involved in manufacturing for construction projects is becoming more readily apparent as the process evolves.

mechanicalBIMWith manufacturers increasingly being asked for BIM (Revit Model) data, it is becoming progressively essential that manufacturers in the construction space create Revit ready models, ensure that they are distributed to existing construction customers and more importantly expand their services to additional POTENTIAL future customers at the same time.

Being able to offer Revit ready content will almost certainly be a major plus point for any manufacturing for construction company going forward, and it could also be a contributing factor for deciding who a contract is given to when tenders are awarded, as construction companies, building owners and principal contractors will want to work with suppliers that make their own BIM requirements as seamless as possible.

Providing BIM ready data will increase the chances of your products being specified within a design community whether this be for "big buildings" commercial developments or most importantly institutions and government projects. But in order to achieve this you will need to create and supply the correct content in order to be seen potentially as a preferred supplier for BIM focused projects.

If your company works in the manufacturing for construction space and you want to maximize your exposure as well as increase your profit potential in this emerging market, please call us for an informal discussion or to make an appointment on (281) 445-6161.

If you have already invested in Autodesk Inventor software then you are probably closer than you might think!

 

For more information about BIM in general a useful resource is the Graitec BIM White Paper which details the emergence of BIM in the global and specifically the UK marketplace, as well as referencing key Government documentation and other useful articles.

Alternatively you could also visit our BIM resources page which has a wide range of further BIM resources applicable to construction and also BIM for manufacturers in the construction supply chain.

 

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