The term “BIM” is traditionally used to describe building information modeling, but the definition of this term can vary depending on who is defining it. To some people, BIM may immediately bring to mind 3D modeling, while it may mean the coordination process and virtual clash detection between different disciplines to others. Though these processes and related technologies are certainly part of BIM, they do not represent the full potential of a holistic BIM strategy on their own.
As an advocate of a holistic approach, Southland Engineering’s BIM strategy incorporates the needs of users and teams at each stage of the project lifecycle in order to truly maximize its capabilities. One of the benefits of being a design firm with access to constructability experts means we are able to understand the data at each of a project’s stage in its entirety. In order to capture the opportunities presented by BIM in a comprehensive application, we have broadened our definition of BIM. We have focused our internal efforts not just on technology, but on people and processes, as well. At Southland, we have internally defined BIM to mean the following:
Building Information Modeling
Building information modeling refers to all of the BIM uses and functionality that are related to or rely on the 3D geometry that is modeled through design and fabrication.
Building Information Management
Building information management refers to the management of all of the data that can be associated with the model that is created through the design, fabrication, and construction phases.
Our broader definition of BIM in conjunction with the more unified approach that our engineering and construction teams employ, allows us to provide better information to users—whether internal or external—at each stage of the project. To learn more about Southland’s process, check out this video.
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