Building Information Modeling (Bim): An Efficient Tool for Construction 3D Printing

Published By: IndustryARC Published On : 17-Nov-2017

BIM (Building Information Modeling) is an intelligent 3D model-based process that gives architecture, engineering, and construction (AEC) professionals the insight and tools to more efficiently plan, design, construct, and manage buildings and infrastructure. Current BIM programming is utilized by people, organizations and government offices who design, outline, build, work and keep up different physical frameworks, for example, water, power, gas, communication utilities, roads, bridges, and so on. The first software tools developed for modelling buildings emerged in the late 1970s and early 1980s, and included workstation products such as Chuck Eastman's Building Description System and GLIDE, RUCAPS, Sonata and Reflex. The early applications, and the hardware needed to run them, were expensive, which limited widespread adoption. ArchiCAD's Radar CH, released in 1984 was the first modelling software made available on a personal computer.

Many European countries are using BIM. In Norway BIM has been utilized progressively since 2008. Several large public clients require use of BIM in open formats (IFC) in most or all of their projects. The Government Building Authority constructs its procedures with respect to BIM in open configurations to expand process speed and quality, and all extensive and a few little and medium-sized temporary workers utilize BIM. National BIM improvement is based on the nearby association, buildingSMART Norway which represents to 25% of the Norwegian Construction industry.

BIM is a relatively new technology in an industry typically slow to adopt change. Yet many early adopters are confident that BIM will grow to play an even more crucial role in building documentation. 

Proponents claim that BIM offers:
  • Improved visualization
  • Improved productivity due to easy retrieval of information
  • Increased coordination of construction documents
  • Increased speed of delivery
  • Reduced costs

With the 3D printer, creating variations of a project to present different options or to explain design concepts is easier and faster. Technological advances such as BIM design and 3D printing, more time is invested in the design that the client needs and less in producing materials such as plans, drawings and models. In long processes such as the architectural ones, being able to offer the client images of his future home, either in virtual reality or a model, it is always useful to keep the focus on the fundamental concepts of a project. And this helps end users appreciate the value of the proposals.

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