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BIM Uses

Design Authoring 

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A process in which 3D software is used to develop a BIM model based on criteria that is important to the translation of the building’s design. Two groups of applications are at the core of BIM-base design process are design authoring tools and audit and analysis tools.

Authoring tools create models while audit and analysis tools analyze or add to the richness of information in a model. Most of audit and analysis tools can be used for Design Review and Engineering Analysis BIM Uses. Design authoring tools are a first step towards BIM and the key is connecting 3D model with powerful database of properties, quantities, means and methods, costs and schedules.

Potential Value:

  • Transparency of design for all stakeholders
  • Better control and quality control of design, cost and schedule
  • Powerful design visualization
  • True collaboration between project stakeholders and BIM users
  • Improved quality control and assurance

Resources Required:

  • 3D Model manipulation

Team Competencies Required:

  • Ability to manipulate, navigate, and review a 3D model
  • Knowledge of construction means and methods
  • Design and construction experience

Selected References:

  • Tardif, M. (2008). BIM: Reaching Forward, Reaching Back. AIArchitect This Week. Face of the AIA. AIArchitect
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