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BIM – Building Information Modelling

Building Information Modelling (BIM) is the linking of people, technology and processes to improve outcomes in building and construction.

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What is BIM?

It is the latest evolution of the building industry and it refers to the process of designing, building and operating a building collaboratively using a single coherent system of 3D models rather than separate design drawings. BIM incorporates people and technology to streamline time and cost, and improve efficiency in builds including skyscrapers, hospitals, office and residential buildings.

BIM isn’t just a set of software or simply a 3D model. It contains not only the model elements but the vast amounts of information that make up the project, as well as the process of exchanging that information with other parties involved.  Whereas previous workflows relied on multiple file formats and disconnected processes that quickly became out of sync when changes were made, BIM workflows allow for a much more dynamic and synchronised approach to project management.

Whereas previous workflows relied on multiple file formats and disconnected processes that quickly became out of sync when changes were made, BIM workflows allow for a much more dynamic and synchronised approach to project management.

What are the benefits of BIM for MEP design?

Global trends are making MEP projects more complex while BIM is helping industry professionals work more efficiently and effectively.

  1. All the elements of an MEP design can be determined more accurately and cost simulations are more realistic.
  2. With rapid modelling, MEP systems are optimised in the design phase before they are installed in the building.
  3. The BIM model can be used to gain faster buy-ins with faster and better visualisations.
  4. The BIM model can be used to convey design content to the field.
  5. Enables retaining model intelligence from concept to construction and during the whole building lifecycle.
  6. Offers better material estimates for the construction phase.
  7. Enables predictive maintenance and MEP asset tracking during operations.
  8. Reduces project risks overall through tested, accurate and optimised MEP system designs.
  9. Contributes to improved timelines and cost savings during construction through a reduction of installation mistakes and material waste.
  10. Results in better quality and more efficient buildings with a smaller environmental footprint.

 

MagiCAD for Revit, AutoCAD and BricsCAD is the number one comprehensive BIM solution for Mechanical, Electrical and Plumbing (MEP) design used by thousands of companies in over 80 countries globally.

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What is a BIM object?

A BIM object is an accurate digital representation of the physical product, modelled in 3D.

In addition to geometrical information, they also include comprehensive technical characteristics of the real product. BIM objects are used to populate the BIM model.

In MEP design, for example, all engineering systems are modelled using BIM objects as components. When the BIM objects include technical information that can be used by calculation software, it is possible to optimise these systems in the design phase and to the efficiency of different MEP systems within a BIM model.

At MagiCAD Manufacturer Services, we specialise in creating high-quality BIM objects for MEP manufacturers. Our BIM objects contain well-structured technical data, empowering MEP designers with integrated engineering calculations. We ensure manufacturers’ BIM objects meet the specific criteria for accuracy, usability, and reliability within BIM environments. We understand the importance of delivering BIM objects that meet and exceed industry standards.

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BIM – Benefits and trends

Take a deeper look at the key factors driving Building Information Modelling (BIM) implementation and some of the related trends in the construction industry.

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Global trends are making MEP projects more complex while BIM is helping industry professionals work more efficiently and effectively.

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