Q&A: Intro to BIM & Revit

Some clients have already made the transition to BIM technology for coordination of design and project delivery. Others are still undecided. Here is a brief introduction to BIM.

What is BIM anyway?

BIM, or Building Information Modeling, is a way of designing and documenting a project in a holistic and inherently collaborative, coordinated way. When it comes to BIM, everything starts with a 3D digital model of the building created in a virtual modeling application, such as Revit. This model, however, is much more than pure geometry; a true BIM model consists of the virtual equivalents of the real components of the building as designed, including floors, walls, doors, windows, ducts, etc. These elements have all the characteristics – both physical and logical – of their real counterparts. This digital prototype allows us to simulate the building and understand its behavior in a computer environment long before construction begins. As more information is added to the model, the more useful the BIM capabilities become.

What are the advantages of BIM & Revit?

With Revit, design and construction documents are all linked because they are drawn from the same virtual model therefore a single change made to the model will be effective across floor plans, sections, elevations, and details without any additional coordination. Revit is rapidly replacing AutoCAD throughout the architecture, engineering, and construction industry because insights gained from BIM allow project teams to predict and analyze costs and energy usage long before ground is ever broken. When it’s done right, BIM saves time, reduce costly errors, and allows for much more accurate cost estimating. BIM can be a very useful tool for sustainable design and energy modeling. It also plays an integral role in IPD, or Integrated Project Delivery, in which the architect, consultants, and the contractor share information in close to real time.