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Learning About BIM: What Programs Are Used For BIM?

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At first glance, BIM, or building information modeling, may seem like just another new technology. This would be an incorrect assumption, though: BIM is a process that uses several different tools and techniques to plan and execute construction more efficiently and accurately than traditional methods. In today’s blog, we’ll be going over some of the most commonly used BIM tools to help you get a better idea of how BIM can help improve your construction projects.

 

BIM Programs For Modeling

Revit Software

Revit is often one of the first tools used when beginning a construction project using BIM strategies. Revit is a software that enables manipulation of 3D models while simultaneously keeping track of documentation and design. Revit’s shared database ability allows the building’s full life cycle to be modeled, from concept to final construction. Sharing the same building model across disciplines also allows any user to make instantaneously seen changes by other users. Revit keeps track of each user’s changes to avoid changes that clash with each other, and it will alert users if parts of the building are placed in the same space.

 

BIM Programs For Planning

BUILDING Connected

Building Connected is another management software used in BIM construction and is primarily used before construction begins to organize communication between owners and builders. Building Connected allows building owners and contractors to view all subcontractors and their bids in one place so that they can keep track of costs more effectively. This function also makes risk management simple with automated risk analysis programs. Are you interested in seeing proof of the benefits of BIM? View Smarcon’s completed projects here.

 

Assemble Software

Assemble is yet another software that can smooth the process of planning and executing a BIM construction project. Assemble is a data management system that’s cloud-based, allowing users to access it anywhere, even from a web browser. This software automatically harvests data from your project’s modeling tools, so the cloud’s information is always up to date. Assemble also offers visualization of data in multiple ways. Your BIM team will be able to quickly produce graphs and edited 3D that can represent numerical changes in an easy-to-understand manner. 

 

Hybrid BIM Programs

Autodesk BIM 360

The last BIM tool we’ll be discussing is Autodesk BIM 360. This work-sharing program was purposefully built for the architecture, engineering, and construction industry. It utilizes cloud technology to allow cross-discipline collaboration and even enables other integration with other BIM SOFTWARE, like Revit. BIM 360 unifies many of the aspects of other BIM tools, so your team can better keep track of every part of your project, from design to construction to handover. The possibilities of BIM 360 free your team to work from anywhere in the world, with multiple members able to work on the same project at the same time.

Are you interested in finding out how BIM can help your team work safer and more efficiently? Contact Smarcon to discuss your projects and learn how BIM can improve your workflow for architecture and construction throughout Southern California.

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