What is Building Information Modeling?
Known as BIM, Building Information Modeling is a digital representation of physical and functional characteristics of a facility. A BIM is a shared knowledge resource for information about a facility forming a reliable basis for decisions during its life-cycle. Source.
Traditionally, people created 2D building designs to show schematics, elevation, plumbing/water/heating/electricity. With regards to BIM, one can present 3D building models to others and even show the effects of the 4th dimension: time.
What makes BIM so useful?
In addition to creating more informative building schematics, one can use BIM to manage already existing buildings. As BIM includes the 3rd and 4th dimensions, we lose less information when we pass it from design/construction teams to the owner/operator. For example, a building owner may find a leak in his building. Rather than exploring the physical building, he uses BIM to find a water valve in the suspect location. He could also have in the model the specific valve size, manufacturer, part number. Source.
Another way we use BIM is to build greener. As BIM illustrates the effects of time on a building, we can project energy usage. Indeed, we can estimate future solar and shadow conditions’ effect on heating, cooling, and electric bills.
How does Triumph Modular use BIM?
We have adopted the GreenStaxx digital library of of building models. As their system is so comprehensive, we will use the BIM to construct multi-unit housing going forward. For more information, please read here.