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Leveraging BIM Processes

As architects or designers, we have accepted the challenge of changing our methodology to adapt to the nuances of documentation through modeling rather than drafting. We are now confronted with identifying the next step. Some fi rms look to create even better documents,
whereas others are leveraging BIM in building analysis and simulation. As we continue to be successful in visualization and documentation, industry leaders are looking to push BIM to the next plateau. Many of these possibilities represent new workfl ows and potential changes in our
culture or habits, which require you to ask a critical question: What kind of fi rm do you want, and how do you plan to use BIM?
As the technology behind BIM continues to grow, so does the potential. A host of things are now possible using a building information model; in fact, that list continues to expand year after year. Figure 1.3 shows some of the potential opportunities.

Leveraging BIM Processes

We encourage you to explore ongoing research being conducted at Penn State University
(http://bim.psu.edu), where students and faculty have developed a catalog of BIM uses and
project execution guidelines that have been adopted into the National BIM Standard–United States,
Version 2 (http://nationalbimstandard.org). Another important aspect of supporting numerous
BIM uses is the development of open standards. The organization known as buildingSMART
International (www.buildingsmart.com) provides a global platform for the development of such
standards. Groups from a number of regional chapters around the world are generating information
exchange standards that will soon have a profound impact on the ways in which we share
model data with our clients and partners. Some of the latest developments include:
◆ IFC (Industry Foundation Classes) version 4
◆ COBie—Construction Operations Building Information Exchange
◆ SPie—Specifi ers’ Properties Information Exchange
◆ BCF—BIM Collaboration Format
For a general overview of the approach to standardizing exchanges with information
delivery manuals (IDM) and model view defi nitions (MVD), visit http://buildingsmart.com/
When moving to the next step with BIM—be that better documentation, sustainable analysis,
or facility management—it’s important to look at your priorities through three different lenses:
◆ Visualize
◆ Analyze
◆ Strategize
Understanding these areas, specifi cally how they overlap within your fi rm, will help you
defi ne your implementation strategy for BIM tools and processes

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