BIM Growth on the Horizon, Says One Expert
April 15, 2010
Dana K. "Deke" Smith, executive director of the buildingSMART
alliance, part of the National Institute of Building Sciences, expects
that Building Information Modeling (BIM) will soon become the information
heart of a facility, from inception onward. Smith discussed some
ongoing efforts of the buildingSMART alliance in regards to BIM,
including the development of an industry BIM standard, during the
BEST 2 conference that's been underway this week in Portland, Ore.
point Smith covered was finding a way to use information throughout
the life cycle of the building.
"Collect the data once and use it from inception onward,"
said Smith. "Many times building information is entered over
and over again and that creates waste."
Smith explained that with BIM the building can be built electronically
first, before it's built physically. Some of the benefits of doing
so can include the reduced risk of litigation; a reduced risk of
requests for information and change orders; and provides a way to
solve problems ahead of time.
In talking about the efforts of the buildingSMART alliance, he
said a key element of the group has been to get various groups and
projects going around the country. One significant effort has been
the development of a BIM standard.
"We're coming up with an open standard that everyone can use,"
He continued, "BIM ultimately changes everything; it changes
the mindset and gets the designer thinking about what the contractor
Smith also gave an example of a building project that was a collaboration
of the buildingSMART alliance and the Open Geospatial Consortium.
"We manipulated the exterior skin of the building and at the
same time could see what the impact would be on the energy usage
of the building," said Smith, who said they are next planning
to expand the project test to include geospatial aspects, to review
solar heat gain, natural ventilation and other related aspects.
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