About BIM

What is BIM

3D-model of how to work / how to live?

Much has been written and much is being said about BIM.

Many people believe BIM to be simply the 3D modelling of a building. Others think it means working together in one 3D-model, with various construction partners, in order to have clash detection, amongst other things. Other people see it is a source to earn money as a consultant in standards, agreements etc. For us it is a way of life and a way to work.

BIM is a combination of agreements, protocols, the sharing of information in a clear and open manner, and a completely different way of thinking. It allows you to track down and solve many problems before the physical construction starts, make the necessary adjustments before it starts to cost extra money, plan the entire construction, building site and building logistics. You can budget and extract material statements. You can use it to make a building file (‘digital twin’) so that the available information that is required after completion of a structure can be organized and so that you can control your building management systems. Depending on your role during design, realization, operation, management and maintenance, restoration & renovation and demolition, you can store the correct information, manage all that information and retrieve and use it. You can support business processes through innovative developments such as Virtual Reality and Augmented Reality. In short, BIM opens up a whole new world.
In fact, BIM stands for Building Information Management. It is more than a 3D model. It is a complete system of information sources from which relevant information can be retrieved to use somewhere along the lifecycle of a building. You could also call it Building Lifecycle Management.

More and more people are looking for a BIM building file called a ‘Digital Twin’. Based on this file, or this virtual building, information can be linked directly to the correct location in the building or building functions can be controlled. You will know the exact content of the building, all of which is necessary for management and maintenance, for example. Out of the cradle-to-cradle idea – or circular construction – comes the need for a Materials Passport. This describes exactly which material with which performance criteria and circularity possibilities the building has. Through this method, parts of the building can be reused.

The next video gives a clear view on BIM: