Building Information Modeling (BIM), is slowly starting to gain acceptance as the new standard for architectural engineers of the future. More firms are moving away from the tradition CAD models to BIM. This is due to computational design tools that provide engineers with the ability to access and manage large data sets as the building evolves through the design process.
With this kind of information on hand, it’s easier to create custom design responses to energy conservation systems, and daylighting, allowing the optimization of various building programs. In short, BIM allows the engineer to focus on a well‐structured data set, rather than relying on a good set of drawings.
Why is BIM the Future of Architectural Engineering?
Software algorithms allow engineers to leverage BIM processes to assist architects in generating designs with specific objectives and constraints. With the power of intelligent processing, programs can now replicate more than 15,000 building designs in less than a few days. Allowing engineers to manage and analyze the data to find the best features that affect factors such as structural integrity and thermal performance.
Factors Holding Back BIM
While BIM makes technologies like CAD look like child’s play, there is still resistance to its roll‐out as the new gold standard in architectural engineering. So‐ what is holding it back?
Professionals that understand the importance of the role BIM has to play in the future of AEC may battle with executing it in their models. The problem comes with trying to fit BIM in with existing processes.
Engineers require an overhaul to their current procedures to implement BIM software. Hiring a BIM consultant to integrate the technology into your business will help you overcome the roadblocks and establish new processes. It may be a struggle in the beginning, but once adapted to the new procedures, your company will have a significant advantage over the rest of the market.
Conflicting internal company policy is also a significant factor in the slow adoption of BIM, with legal divisions of the firm putting up the most resistance. BIM produces the best results when all parties are working to share information efficiently and freely. Legal contracts and obligations may prevent the sharing of such information due to fears of liability and concerns of litigation.
People are by far the most significant factor challenging the mass adoption of BIM as the new standard of building modeling. Some resist change wherever they can. Designing new procedures and policies are useless if no one cares to execute on those guidelines. Training and communication are essential to managing your team’s success with the adoption of BIM.
The Future is Around the Corner
Most experts agree that we are not using BIM to its full potential just yet – but we can expect momentum to build in the coming years. While adoption may be slow across the board, there are cases where a full spectrum of firms is already investing in and benefiting from, the implementation of computational design components in BIM. Established firms and startups need to focus their attention on this innovation and move toward computational design as the future of BIM.
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While some architectural engineering firms lag behind in full utilization, Schemmer has been a trendsetter in the industry by fully integrating BIM across all architectural engineering disciplines. For nearly a decade, Schemmer has utilized BIM technology in:
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