Texas Adopts BIM for State Design and Construction Projects
August 18, 2009
The Texas Facilities Commission (TFC), the agency within the State
of Texas that oversees the state's real estate development as owners
and operators of state facilities, has adopted Building Information
Modeling (BIM) for state design and construction projects. By making
BIM the standard for all new buildings, TFC says it can begin to
gauge energy usage, as well as forecast energy consumption based
on model simulations; model multiple high-performance building scenarios
based on minimal design time, simulate or identify security issues
related to building type, and connect the model to existing databases
or control systems for bi-directional, real-time data exchange.
The FDC has also developed a set of standards and guidelines as
well as an interoperable BIM template that all private sector partners
will have access to prior to any involvement in a state project.
The BIM process is designed to help architects, engineers, constructors,
subcontractors and vendors collaborate with an intelligent model,
allowing them to visualize and simulate using precise data before
any building material is purchased, brought to the site or erected.
According to Denise Beneke, an architect with the San Antonio-based
MarmonMok Architecture, BIM can help architects and subcontractors,
including contract glaziers, better model the building.
"You find problems and are able to solve them early in the
design instead of having the building half built and realizing there's
a conflict and trying to find a solution," Beneke says. "There
are actually software programs that many contractors use that allow
them to find these problem areas by importing the architectural,
structural, and MEP models. More specifically, [BIM] if used to
its fullest potential and all the correct information is input by
the architects and engineers, the program can do material take offs
and give a more accurate material quantity, which can also be helpful
to subcontractors. Also, if the model is made available to the contractors
and subcontractors for viewing they can better understand the building
and bid it more accurately."
HERE to watch a video describing TFC's adoption of BIM.
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