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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Benefits of diffusing BIM technology and workflows in AECO projects.

   There are several benefits of diffusing BIM technologies and processes with set of protocols adopted while delivering Architecture, Engineering, Construction and Operation (hereinafter AECO) projects. Few of the uses while diffusing BIM in the process of delivering building projects (well known as BIM Uses) are improved visualization, enhanced planning, accurate cost estimation, model based simulation and analysis, construction tracking, safety planning, etc. BIM Uses are the project deliverables that can be expected from the process of generating, collaborating-on and linking the building models to external databases. In simple words, the BIM Use represents the interactions between a user and a modeling system to generate building model-based deliverables (Source: The BIMe Dictionary). 

For the BIM project to be successful, it is well known for the Global AECO industry that, BIM project and its deliverables are the end products which needs to be delivered by the AEC organizations to the owner organizations as expected. And, it is essential to confirm that: which are the BIM uses expected by the client? What BIM tools need to be adopted while delivering expected BIM uses? Who are the stakeholders need to be involved while delivering each of these BIM Uses? In which stage of the project does these BIM Uses delivery occur? How to deliver these BIM Uses asper client expectations? And many more questions arise that needs to be answered during the BIM project delivery.

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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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BIM and Sustainability: An Emphasis on Integrated Approach

The pursuit of sustainability has become one of the principal design objectives in the construction industry and in response to this concern the integration of Building Information Modeling (BIM) and sustainable practices is far-reaching. Built environment cannot escape its responsibility for contributing towards environmental deterioration and destruction of arable land, however with the application of BIM and understanding its inherent power will greatly impact the role it plays in optimizing the performance of a building.  It is rooted on innovation, cost-efficiency through more information and collaboration, construction and commissioning of buildings with lower environmental impacts.

An integrated design approach requires an in-depth understanding of how buildings and environment interact and affect each other (See Figure 1), which is briefly discussed in the following. Continue reading “BIM and Sustainability: An Emphasis on Integrated Approach”

Educational and research issues while delivering BIM education in Academia.

This study is undertaken to identify issues involved while delivering BIM education in academia and regarding which BIM field players need to play an active role in resolving them. Globally, policy field players are integrating BIM education into academia. And, during this process of BIM incorporation in academics, policy field players had come across several complications. In the past, few active BIM educationalists & researchers had attempted to identify issues associated with BIM education & established few strategies to overcome them. However, efforts are essential towards collecting the issues involved while adopting BIM education in academia and to categorize these issues, for identifying which BIM field players must invest their efforts in resolving BIM educational issues. Our study assembles the BIM educational issues & categorize them into three different field issues, i.e. policy, technology and process as presented in Fig 1. These issues that has been generated while delivering BIM education in academia, need to be addressed by respective BIM field players for effective BIM diffusion into academia.

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The BIM Knowledge, Skills & Behaviors that AECO Discipline Students Must Possess

AECO industry is inclined towards employing graduates with exposure to BIM tools, techniques and processes. In line with today’s AECO industry necessities, universities are running a wide range of BIM courses, for exposing AECO students to this new paradigm shift. However, today’s academic BIM education is not completely integrated with other AECO programs in Tertiary Education System (TES). BIM education in academia has a history of almost two and half (2.5) decades.

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Tertiary Education Framework for Delivering Academic BIM Education.

Nowadays, mega projects are mostly located in developing countries with emerging economies. And, outsourcing of engineering works has been relocated to overseas facilities which are able to offer lower wages for best value. The success of such construction project depends on the ability of individuals to work together in an open and trustful environment (Becker et al. 2011). To educate and train AECO discipline students for these works, tertiary education programs are designed to discuss unique project types, with application of innovative means and methods.  Building Information Modeling (BIM) promotes trans-disciplinary, inter-level, multinational collaborations with different project stakeholders across the project life cycle (Eastman et al. 2011). And, BIM courses are essential in tertiary education system (TES) for producing ‘BIM-ready’ graduates, who can work in collaborative working environments. Continue reading “Tertiary Education Framework for Delivering Academic BIM Education.”

The Approach of Global Field Players in Delivering BIM Education.

Globally, architectural, engineering, construction and operation (AECO) industry is delivering complex projects with Building Information Modeling (BIM) in the project processes and workflows. And, AECO industry is inclined towards employing graduates with exposure to BIM tools, techniques and processes. In line with today’s AECO industry necessities, universities are running a wide range of BIM courses, for exposing AECO students to this new paradigm shift. However, today’s academic BIM education is not completely integrated with other AECO programs in Tertiary Education System (TES). Hence, this study draws on a review and analysis of publications related to BIM teaching practices in academia. Here, textual and content analysis methods were employed to arrange qualitative textual data into similar sets of entities or conceptual categories to analyze current global BIM education trends. In this study, review and analysis of BIM education related publications indicated that, BIM technology and processes related knowledge is currently at different levels of realization across the globe. Continue reading “The Approach of Global Field Players in Delivering BIM Education.”

India BIM Association

About 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.

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