Building Information Modeling
Building Information Modeling (BIM) is a collaborative way of working underpinned by digital technologies among the Architecture, Engineering, Construction & Operation (AECO) industry stakeholders across the project life cycle that allows for more efficient methods of designing, delivering and maintaining physical built assets. The information contained within the models facilitates well-informed decision making and that means greater clarity, better communications, and, ultimately, better efficiency. As the cost of operating and maintaining buildings and facilities represent up to 85% of the whole-life cost, savings can pay back any upfront premium in construction expenses in just a few years. Effectively diffusing BIM technologies and workflows in a project life cycle benefits the AECO industry and especially the client organization.
The key benefits of BIM are: reduced delivery costs, green performance, predictable planning reducing risks, reduced operational costs & increased quality and value. Additional benefits are: high levels of collaboration, communication and coordination among the stakeholders, consistent and coordinated designs and highly constructible design solutions. The client organization being the key for any project, they can request AECO industry to diffuse BIM technologies & workflows with expected maturity to lower project costs, faster project delivery, lower emissions, better customer services and risk management. Meanwhile, AECO industry can also get a package of benefits with BIM diffusion. First, architectural & engineering organization i.e. designers, specifiers & cost consultants can benefit with improved coordination, visualization, better cost estimating, and competitive export & growth. Second, construction organization i.e. contractors/subcontractors, fabricator & supplier/manufacturer can benefit with sequencing, clash detection, reduced abortive work, offsite manufacture, competitive export & growth and health & safety. Third, facility management organization i.e. operators and occupiers can benefit with asset knowledge, better information and soft landings.
Globally, BIM awareness is spreading in a great way for the benefits it is binging to the AECO industry. BIM has been researched in more than 65 countries. BIM has been adopted in tertiary education system in more than 25 countries. BIM adoption efforts from the public sector is happening in more than 30 countries. And, several national level organizations support BIM adoption and implementation in more than 31 countries. In India, AECO industry is the second largest industry after agriculture industry. Indian AECO industry employs more than 35 million people, has second highest inflow of foreign direct investment after services sector, and contributes to about 11.1% of India’s GDP. Asper construction 2025 targets, BIS, HM Government 2013, implementation of BIM technologies and workflows in the AECO projects can reduce in the initial cost of construction and the whole life cycle cost up to 50%, reduce greenhouse gas emissions in the built environment up to 50% and reduce in the overall time by 50%, from inception to completion, for new build and refurbishment assets. With such a massive investment happening in Indian AECO projects, it is very much essential to diffuse BIM technologies and workflows by adopting standardized procedures. For this to happen it is basic requirement to bring together Indian AECO industry and education community to learn and diffuse BIM technologies and processes in Indian AECO projects, overall helping the Indian AECO industry to grow.
India Building Information Modeling Association-IBIMA
Our vision is to serve as the voice of India’s BIM community, India BIM Association (IBIMA) represents, supports and advocates on behalf of the entire Indian BIM community to build a positive business environment for the effective deployment of BIM, for all engaged in utilizing BIM technologies, processes and protocols in India. We at IBIMA intend to take this further with the right opportunity and environment with non-political and non-profit agenda. India BIM Association has been established on 12th May 2016 by its founding members Mr. Amarnath Chegu Badrinath, Prof. Shang-Hsien (Patrick) Hsieh and Prof. Ignasi Perez Arnal.
Our Mission is to provide our Indian BIM Community a collective voice dedicated to BIM technology, processes and protocols. We provide our members with support, learning opportunities and best practices for BIM in a Indian context while maintaining connectivity with our international partners.
Our Strategy is to: (1) foster an environment of open collaboration and communication with all the Indian BIM community members; (2) Align our organization with professional organizations focused on making BIM the standard and (3) Assist in any way possible to produce tangible working methodologies that allow BIM to develop as a standard.
We plan to implement our strategy by achieving the following operational goals: (1) India BIM Association will host workshops/seminars and partner with Indian/Global summits where our Members will discuss and decide upon key issues relating to BIM; (2) India BIM Association will grow membership and professional affiliations for the purpose of fostering collaboration, communication and coordination; (3) We will continually improve upon the delivery of relevant and current BIM related information to our BIM community.
Who is it for
IBIMA is for India’s BIM technology, process and policy field players. In simple terms it is for all the BIM field players i.e. technology, policy and process field players involved one or the other way in delivering BIM projects in Indian AECO industry. BIM technology, process and policy fields associated players are listed here. (1) Policy field players: Regulatory bodies, Educational institutions, Research Centers, Communities of practice and Industry associations; (2) Process field players: Owners, Operators, Project managers, Architects, Engineers, Developers, Contractors, Estimators, Surveyors, Suppliers and Fabricators; (3) Technology field players: BIM technology developers,Technology advocates, BIM hardware and network related service providers.
We are glad to inform you that India BIM Association is firmly moving ahead in spreading BIM awareness to the Indian AECO industry and academia with IBIMA reaching to 10,000+ Indian members.
Project types that involve BIM adoption
BIM is widely accepted in delivering both building and non-building projects. below we provide you the list of project types that can diffuse BIM in its process. (1) Building projects: Commercial (offices, retail, hotels, etc); Institutional (Educational, Healthcare, religious); Government or publicly owned buildings (Court houses, embassies, Civic or sports and convention); Multi and single family residential; (2) Non-building projects: Industrial or manufacturing; Infrastructure (Highways/roadways, bridges, tunnels, dam, water/waste water); Industrial /Energy (primary power generation, oil/gas facilities); Mining and natural resources.
Discussions – Our discussion forum is open for all where BIM enthusiasts can share knowledge and ideas, take part in discussions and brainstorm on BIM and also provide a platform to interact with the industry experts and academia.
Workshops and Seminars – We conduct workshops and seminars relating to the advancement of BIM while encouraging the participation of institutions, professionals, organizations and AEC industry as a whole to contribute and take part in advocating BIM awareness and its implementation.
Outreach – As we thrust on BIM advancement, we look for every opportunity to collaborate with other local/Global BIM organizations, professionals and industry stakeholders and provide support in carrying out best BIM practices. We put forward our expertise to address their needs and enhance the experience in Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Management using BIM Technology.