Building Information Modelling: 3 Stumbling Blocks You Can Throw Off the Track

BIM is a term that the construction industry has come to know. The advantages of BIM are numerous: from greater project transparency and better communication to early error analysis. The planning method BIM definitely has strengths - which is why it is becoming the standard.

But there are also weak points in BIM theory. Sometimes the everyday reality in the construction industry has been ignored. However, you can avoid three stumbling blocks:

Different CAD systems, project management tools, and communication tools make collaboration more difficult.

Agreements on deadlines, costs and quality can be better coordinated and adhered to with BIM. This is especially true when large teams work on projects from any location. So far so good!

We have information islands in the construction industry. Every participant in a construction project represents an information island in his construction product. The system landscape of those involved in construction is by no means homogeneous. Instead, different CAD systems and project management tools are used. Solutions such as the IFC exchange format are intended to provide flexibility and facilitate collaboration. This format, however, is rigid and does not allow a smooth exchange.

But there are ways. The BMS from BIMsystems enables bidirectional networking between all parties involved. The construction project is mirrored as a digital twin in the BMS as a BIM model. By centrally storing the BIM model in the BMS, all participants can access the BIM model at any time. In addition, they can exchange information and collaborate in real time.

Open BIM becomes real and can actually be implemented for the construction industry.

Thousands of product data, several BIM libraries, internal PIM system do not allow the use of synergies

Technical offices, designers, product managers and other parties involved create and maintain product data on a daily basis. Simply digitising product data and preparing it for several CAD systems as BIM content is a major hurdle for companies - and one that discourages digital transformation. But companies are taking on this challenge. They digitise their products so that they can be planned for BIM.

To provide BIM content for planners, architects, engineers, etc., BIM libraries are used. However, the BIM contents must be adapted for each library. The effort is great. And the aversion, on the other hand, is only too understandable. There are already approaches to solving this problem. In most cases, however, it fails in the end due to the high complexity of the products and their variations.

The maintenance environment of BIMsystems provides a remedy. In this environment, product data can be imported, natively generated, created, maintained and optimized. Existing internal PIM systems can be used to transfer product data to the maintenance environment. The advantage? Due to the worldwide unique technology, the BIM content can be integrated for several CAD systems and for the BIM libraries.

One point of contact for your BIM content. And it is from this point that it is disseminated.

Using BIM as a planning method, supposedly transforming themselves digitally, but not thinking outside the box

Companies from the brewing industry keep their eyes open - to the latest trends and developments. After all, the goal is to remain sustainable as a company. This is why professionals from the construction industry have recognised BIM for themselves and their company.

The list of tasks to realize digitization is long. The road is tedious. But as a team you make the step. The PIM system has been introduced, the first BIM contents have been created, the BIM contents have been planned in CAD systems. What now? Proudly patting your shoulder and continuing!

There are numerous synergy effects that digital transformation brings with it. For example, BIMsystems provides a product configurator that is integrated on the company's own website. Beside the configuration of the own products, this generates also directly the appropriate BIM content. This results in completely new approaches. Use BIM for a new sales channel? BIMsystems says yes! Because the product data is available, the technology is there - using synergies is the motto here.

BIM and the stumbling blocks - Companies become hurdlers

The stumbling blocks can intimidate? Yes! But the advantages and chances are too good. Shorter project durations, greater transparency, no loss of information, networking of all participants and many more. BIM should not be missed.

Step by Step - this is the motto companies follow and dare to embark on digital transformation. The potential is recognised and exploited - setbacks used as learnings. This will be a long distance run! With the right partner at your side, every hurdle is overcome.

BIM pays off early - so the first step should also be taken now. On your marks, get set, go!

Marcel Volm | Senior Marketing Manager at BIMsystems


Marcel Volm

Senior Marketing Manager at BIMsystems

Marcel is BIMsystems' contact person for marketing and communication. He opens our doors. Customers, partners and interested parties receive exciting content and personal impressions. Translating technical jargon is his daily bread - so that people out there understand us.

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