BUILDING INFORMATION MODEL

Building Information Modeling is more than an updated version of CAD. It’s a new tool that offers a new way of both thinking about and seeing future construction projects. Design professionals, once limited to designing and drawing a project in 2 or even 3 dimensions, can now bring building projects to life by assembling information-rich objects in their designs. Building Information Model (BIM) is a collection of databases that are cross referenced and organized into a 3-D digital graphic of the project. Each item in the building is connected to the rest; much like in a real-world construction project. This connectivity allows for expansion of the use of the BIM beyond design, drawing, and models. Build scheduling, material quantities, energy usage, project coordination – all of these functions and more can be leveraged using a BIM.



Building Information Modeling allows all of your team members to see and share the vision of the construction project, and to have a better understanding of the owner’s end goal from the start



Conceptual Working with Nexcel and Building Information Modeling in the early, conceptual design phase of your construction project greatly improves the accuracy of pricing on the entire project.




Building Information Modeling allows potential buyers to “see” a 3-D view from the windows of their future project. This is one of the many sales benefits of VDC.



Creating a BIM in the early stages of a construction project fosters improved communication between all members of the project team, and better communication builds a better project.

A truly integrated project brings all the stakeholders together, creating a dynamic team alliance of knowledge and skill.

  • To encourage owners who are hesitant to begin because they cannot “see” the completed project vision, creating a 3-D design of one project detail or portion of the building is a good way to test BIM and to move the project forward.
  • Historic Projects: A 3-D laser scan BIM provides great accuracy and preservation options.
  • Financing-Dependent Projects: A BIM-based conceptual estimate is fast and accurate.
  • Management Heavy Facilities: BIM provides a live, organized database of information that can monitor every project detail from maintenance to FF&E tracking

BIM can be designed to do all kinds of things, depending on the size and scope of your project. Some additional uses include:

  • Massing Diagrams
  • Construct ability Analysis
  • Energy Analysis
  • Live Partition Layout
  • Crane and Lay Down Plans
  • Clash Detection
  • Facilities Management