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BIM Uses

Building System Analysis

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A process that measures how a building's performance compares to the specified design. This includes how the mechanical system operates and how much energy a building uses. Other aspects of this analysis include, but are not limited to, ventilated facade studies, lighting analysis, internal and external CFD airflow, occupant evacuation, and solar analysis.

Potential Value:

  • Ensure building is operating to specified design and sustainable standards
  • Identify opportunities to modify system operations to improve performance
  • Create a "what if" scenario and change different materials throughout the building to show better or worse performance conditions, without touching the building

Resources Required:

  • 3D Model manipulation
  • Building System Analysis Programs (Energy, Lighting, Mechanical, Other)

 Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D model
  • Ability to understand building systems and typical operations
  • Ability to assess building systems using analysis software

Selected Resources:


Penn State