Deliver Higher-Quality Designs With Bim For Building Projects
In competitive environments, accurate designs are key to achieving business objectives. Autodesk Building Information Modeling (BIM) for Building Design and Engineering helps reduce the risk of errors through integrated design, engineering, and fabrication workflows.
How engineers can differentiate today and adapt to tomorrow’s higher expectations
Digital infrastructure has evolved considerably over the last two decades. Take the fax machine for example: it once had a very important place in every business…today, it rarely is seen. Digital infrastructure has evolved to newer methods of communication—email, mobile and social mechanisms are quicker and more efficient, allow greater productivity and reduced overhead costs.
In just the last 10 years, the architecture, engineering, and construction industries have rapidly adopted Building Information Modeling (BIM)—an intelligent model-based process for informing and communicating project information in order to make better designdecisions. Owners are now reaping the benefits of faster project delivery, higher-quality outcomes, and more efficient and economical operations over the lifecycle of buildings and infrastructure.
Multi-discipline collaboration plays a key role in two of the biggest benefits to owners—fewer clashes during construction and operational cost savings. Savvy architecture and engineering firms have understood these benefits for some time and use their BIM experience to differentiate themselves in an increasingly competitive marketplace.
In fact, BIM adoption among North American architecture, engineering, and construction firms (for example) has risen dramatically, climbing from 17 percent in 2007 to 71 percent in 2012. Where BIM goes from here will be determined by evolving building owner requirements and how quickly building project stakeholderscan adapt to higher expectations.
Today’s design teams are using the information and data contained in 3D models to perform increasingly complex tasks, including energy performance and structural analysis, airflow simulations, and near-realistic visualizations. As the design progresses, more and more data is added to the model.
Technology advances and trends lead to the booming of Cloud computation. BIM, with its naturally collaborative nature, is a process that greatly benefits from the advances in cloud technology, especially when it comes to the “anywhere / anytime” project access.
With the advent of cloud computing, the technology landscape is set to change yet again. The cloud makes virtually unlimited computing poweravailable; designers are now harnessing this power for such heavy tasks as energy analysis, air and fluid flow, thermal-comfort simulation, and even rendering. The cloud also provides key financial benefits related to information technology infrastructure and cost savings.
The evolution of digital infrastructure enables and strengthens another change affecting the industry.“The Internet of Things” is a phrase used to describe the changingpathways of information—sensors and actuators linked to physicalobjects, connected through wired and wireless networks, churningout huge volumes of data that flow to computers for analysis.
The laws of economics tell us demand must be met by supply.The demand for increasing amounts of data by building ownersis going to change the responsibilities of architects, designers,engineers, and construction professionals in the long run.
As building owners’ expectations broaden to include intelligent buildings smoothly integrated with building information models,architecture, engineering, and construction professionals will need to revisit how their processes work and what they are inevitablyresponsible for delivering. And this is where BIM comes in.