Global BIM Adoption

Building Information Modeling (BIM), being one of the major developments in Architectural, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) industry over the last two decades, has shifted many countries towards BIM adoption along with BIM implementation mandates in projects for contractors by Government organizations. Many countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Singapore, China, the Scandinavian countries (Norway, Denmark, Finland and Sweden), France, South Korea, etc. have adopted BIM technology at public level projects (see figure1). Government bodies play an important role in encouraging the adoption and spreading of BIM awareness, by setting laws, developing BIM standards, creating BIM guidelines that can be taken up and implemented by private sector. Cheng and Lu (2015) has conducted an extensive review on how several countries had invested their efforts on BIM technology and workflow diffusion in their projects. For better understanding on this topic, we explore BIM adoption across the globe. 

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BIM for construction scrutiny and monitoring

Introduction. India is a rapidly developing country and its infrastructure development is at an extremely large scale. In the human body, it is the DNA that controls the growth and development. But, when it comes to a city it’s the municipal authorities i.e. local government that are responsible for getting the task done.  In other words, Municipal authority refers to political administration of the smallest subdivisions of a country’s territory and population.

For any construction project to be done in India, it is required to have a project sanctioning done by these municipal authorities. In order to sanction the plan, the architect prepares the layout and related data. It is later submitted for scrutiny to these municipal authorities, which either pass or reject the project proposal. With India being at its rapid pace of development, it is often found that illegal construction projects come into existence, which violate the FSI and other buildings bye-laws. On the other hand, exploitation of builders and architects at the hands of corrupt officers. 

Solution to this problem is the integration of technology in governance and private construction. Implementing latest IT techniques such as Building Information Modeling (BIM) as a mediator and a making use of this BIM platform for sanctioning, scrutiny, execution and verification can be the solution, which is well proven in the Global market. BIM can be integrated with cloud platform and a service could be developed to receive and retain clearances from government officials, here by using Digital Signatures. In this way every required document is maintained on one platform which is secure and accessible to all authorized users. 
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Building Information Modeling : Free Open Source Software Perspective

The Information Technology (IT) has been able to expand its roots to vast fields since last decade. Every profession seems to be greatly influenced by it and the Architecture Engineering Construction and Operation (AECO) industry is not left behind either. The advent of Building Information Modelling (BIM) has been a boom for this sector. Gone are the days of manual drafting and 2D CAD drawings. The philosophy of BIM has inspired many leading software vendors like Autodesk, Bentley, Trimble, Graphisoft, Nemetschek, etc to develop the modelling software based on the principles of BIM. The AECO industry professionals are very well aware of these commercial products and have adapted them in their day to day services. Majority of prevailing companies delivering CAD services have transformed themselves into BIM organizations and many new companies have also emerged in the industry with BIM tags.

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Complementing BIM and Lean in our AEC Industry

Architecture, Engineering, Construction (AEC) is a very versatile and dynamic sector. Events, resources, processes associated with it are always unpredictable. This uncertainty invites prospectus of risks associated with it and seldom jeopardizes quality commitments made to clients at the time of entering into a lawful agreement. The sector is labor intensive and suffers highly from occupational risks and safety hazards unlike other sectors.

Unlike manufacturing sector, construction projects and associated products are always unique and diversified. These projects may be construction of an entire new facility or improvement/changes in existing facility. However, there still exists some element of similarity between the two sectors when certain packages have repetitive activities involved, like: (1) Casting of columns, beams & slabs of subsequent floor levels a high rise residential tower; (2) Casting of pre-tensioned girders for a long span bridge, and many such cases. Hence, proficient techniques which are being implemented as part of Production Management System (Maris et al. 2016) in manufacturing hubs can be aptly deployed here as well.

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BIM and Artificial Intelligence

Dear friends, we all know pretty much about Building Information Modeling (BIM) by now. BIM over the last decade and a half has totally transformed the construction industry. The way construction industry worked during 1990’s and the way it works now is totally a contrast when one compares some aspects of  designing, drawing generation, communication, collaboration, etc. So where is BIM heading to when the world of Information Technology (IT) is heading towards Artificial Intelligence (AI). Is ‘BIM’ an ‘AI’ or can it be ‘AI’?  

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Introduction to BIM course – Free access.

Zigurat and India BIM Association present you with the Introduction to BIM Course so you can be at the forefront of the new trends of the AECO sector.

BIM A0 is a 15-hour online course with the value of 99€ created by Zigurat. The course has been designed for architects, engineers, builders, developers and everyone interested in the new BIM (Building Information Modeling) methodology of the AECO industry. 

Click here  BIM A0 – Introduction  to get access for the BIM free course.

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Green Building and BIM Modeling Tips

This is a blog post on the rising demand for sustainable green buildings to reduce ecological impact and how BIM can make it easier for the construction industry.

BIM for Green Building: Workflow and Modeling Tips. As construction output continues to grow around the world, in tandem with increasing environmental concerns and the rising cost of energy, the concept of sustainable green building to reduce ecological impact is gaining ground fast. What is less well known is how Building Information Modeling (BIM) services can be used to achieve this. This post elaborates on the advantages of this and provides some BIM workflow and modeling tips (in this case related to conceptual modeling (for conceptual energy analysis) and topography modeling (for sun/shadow analysis). 

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Benefits of Integrating Autodesk 360 with BIM

This is a blog post discussing how the construction industry can be benefitted from the integration of Autodesk BIM 360 with Building Information Modeling workflow. BIM with Autodesk BIM 360 Can Take the Construction Industry to a Completely New LevelAutodesk’s design collaboration platform BIM 360™ is sold to facilitate a plethora of functions from Design Collaboration, Document Control, Quality and Safety, Site Layout, Lean Planning, Operations and Maintenance and not least, Building Information Modeling (BIM) Coordination. Building Information Modeling (BIM) is well-defined as a process that involves creating and using a 3D digital model to inform and communicate the decisions of a construction project.

The advantages of BIM 360 for BIM Coordination (and in particular BIM 360 Glue®) and its latest features are considered more fully here to show how these aspects in particular can enable the industry to improve its game and reach a whole new level.
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Role of Revit and Navisworks in BIM Workflow Integration.

   This is a  blog post describing the integration of REVIT and Navisworks and how it can improve the Building Information Modeling workflow integration. Autodesk Revit is a Building Information Modeling (hereinafter BIM) tool for architects, structural engineers, engineers, designers and contractors. It allows users to: Design a built asset and its components in 3D; Annotate a digital model with 2D drafting elements; Access building information from the associated model’s database.

   Autodesk Navisworks is used largely as a complement to 3D design packages (including Autodesk Revit, AutoCAD and MicroStation). It allows users to: open and combine 3D models; navigate them in real-time; review the digital model (via comments, redlining, viewpoint, measurement). Generally speaking Autodesk Navisworks 2018 seeks to improve connectivity and interoperability by improving BIM workflow integration, in other words collaboration, including through a focus on its compatibility with Autodesk Revit 2018. This is explored further here.

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Building Information Modeling for construction site safety planning

Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (AECO) is a labor-intensive industry. Compared to manufacturing sector AECO industry is yet to witness the wonders of automation at site. Construction of any built environment facility is largely dependent upon human resource at site and is indigenous to the development of any nation. It takes intensive managerial and technical expertise to come up with a quality infrastructure to serve the intended purposes. Building Information Modeling (BIM) provides huge respite from complexities arising out of management and technology. Now a days BIM is gradually becoming indispensable for carrying out any infrastructural development. Organizations across the globe are gradually incorporating BIM technology, processes and protocols in their projects (see figure 1). 

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