Planning in CAD systems with BIM: Many years ago architects had to switch from drawing boards to computers. Virtual planning has many benefits - and even some differences.

Use CAD software intelligently with BIM

Opening new worlds: waya

The BIM planning method has potential. We have the tool to fully harness this potential. Regardless of whether you are a general contractor, component manufacturers or BIM planner, with waya you will always be well advised.

BIM in CAD systems

waya by BIMsystems functions on several levels. It is compatible with the most common CAD programs. Particularly in international projects, this facilitates the cooperation of various planners.

The central database of waya manages all data. All content converges here. And it is managed here in a logical structure. Ensuring that everyone is able to find the information they are looking for.

waya is already provided as a plugin and can be easily implemented in various CAD systems. The database is web-based. As such, files can be synchronised from various CAD systems and further processed.

A web-based database also has the advantage that it is always accessible centrally - anywhere and at any time. This offers users a new level of freedom and flexibility.

Building Information Modelling - the route to digital transformation

2D BIM planning

Particularly in small projects planners tend to go for two dimensional depiction. Even in BIM such data is stored - and for good reason.

5D BIM planning

In the case of modern project planning, everything should be as flexible as possible - except for the costs. With BIM, planners also keep track of the budget.

3D BIM planning

Digital planning works better with BIM. The visualised objects are provided with additional, valuable information.

6D BIM planning

Sustainability in terms of cost effectiveness. This is the sixth dimension and shows how BIM also lends a hand when it comes to operating a building.

4D BIM planning

Time is an important factor when it comes to planning and implementation. Those who make time for BIM, will save exactly that in the long run: Time - for themselves and their colleagues/partners.

The evolution of BIM - and how CAD systems will work in the future

BIM is not necessarily BIM. The way to "Big Open BIM" is an evolution. It takes place in different stages. Germany is currently in the transition from "BIM 1" to "BIM 2".

What exactly the different stages of evolution are and how BIM should develop further are explained below.

The first step: BIM 1

BIM 1 is the status quo for most companies today. BIM 1 includes the use of 3D and 2D CAD models. At this stage of development, all disciplines work independently. As a result, important information is lost due to interfaces.

This loss of information leads to delays and cost overruns. To avoid these errors in the future, the second stage will soon become law.

The second step: BIM 2

As already mentioned, BIM 2 will become the standard for all major construction projects in Germany from 2020. This has been the case in the UK since 2016. In the second development phase, the use of 3D CAD models is a prerequisite. All participants are only working on one model. This allows better control of the processes.

BIM 3 - that's how it goes on.

In the third step, there is complete, interface-free cooperation between all disciplines. This collaboration takes place in a single model. This model is stored centrally and allows access for all participants. This stage of development is to be achieved in Germany between 2022 and 2024.

BIM 4 - The development is foreseeable.

BIM 4 is the further development of step 3 - all basics from step 3 are taken over. From 2024, the dimension of time will be added. This temporal information enables better planning of construction sequences.

The fifth step: BIM 5

The fifth stage contains all the factors of the fourth stage and supplements the cost factor. In addition to time management, cost planning is also included. This enables a more precise planning of the final costs - and avoids overruns.

The final stage? - BIM 6

It is still unclear when BIM 6 will be used. It is important to know that in BIM 6, in addition to the time and cost factors, there is also information on facility management.  This information is used for building maintenance after construction. It should enable improved asset management - in terms of life cycle and infrastructure.

Do you need any advice?

Do you have questions relating to BIM and our component management system? Do you long for digitalised processes and successful projects?

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About BIMsystems

Building Information Modelling is the future-oriented planning method for the construction sector - which will make lasting changes to it. We are an innovative pioneer of this planning process with our globally unique corma technology. Together with manufacturers and users, we are working on a digital and efficient future.

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