Thursday, February 21, 2008

BIM and 2D 3D 4D 5D 6D

What's up with BIM and all the D's now-a-days???

With all the new technolgy today, many aspects of a project are brought to the forefront and considered earlier or maybe even how could the process be automated... So, there have been some additions to the 2D/3D concept.

2D - Something with 2 dimensions (flat)
3D - Something seen in 3 dimensions e.g. width, length and height.
4D - Adding the aspect of Time to a project (phasing/sequencing)
5D - Adding the aspect of Cost to a project (cost estimating)
6D - The aspect of Life Cycle Management (owner/FM)

Each of these "D's" if considered carefully can add value to a project. Software vendors have come up with creative applications to expoit these D's and as time goes on, they will become more efficient and more readily available.

Here are some examples of what's available today above and beyond Revit: (I'm not endorsing any of these, but mearly sharing a few...)

4D - Innovaya
5D - Excel, Innovaya, Timberline, US Cost, WinEst
6D - There are a few FM tools out there, but nothing with a good BIM workflow yet.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

BIM and State of Wisconsin

Here is a link to an article that hits close to home - Wisconsin and State projects.

The article discusses about how the State of Wisconsin is looking at requiring BIM for it's projects... In my opinion, the article could have been written well over a year ago because BIM is not new anymore. As far as the State of Wisconsin, it's great to hear that their getting educated and will start implementing BIM requirements.

As you know, we've been using Revit as our BIM authoring tool for a quite a few years now, so when I hear excuses on how firms can't move forward with technology, it boggles my mind... and expecting staff to be proficient and profitable with a software they've never used is ludicrous. Kudos to those that have embraced the technology and moved forward.