Building Information Model (BIM)


The idea of Building Information Modeling (BIM) is not new, in fact, it has existed since the early 1970’s. This intelligent, model-based process is a digital representation of the physical and functional components of a facility. From envelope and structural designs through engineered systems and interior architecture, BIM captures and categorizes key data points to provide critical decision support information. BIM also provides insight for building management.

Now, the first thing many people notice about BIM is its striking 3D imagery. However, it is the “I” (information) component that is equally impressive. BIM is object-based which means the 3D components you see are not merely lines and surfaces, but objects that contain information – and herein lies the real power of BIM. At Strang, BIM involves creating information-filled collaborative models or model sharing linked together with other project disciplines. For example, when we use BIM to create, say, engineered system designs, architects, interior designers and contractors can also extract data to determine how such a system may impact their work. BIM gets the right information to the right people at the right time. This gives all members of the project team (and clients) a frequently updated, complete building model for enhanced coordination and communication. And BIM models from Strang can be viewed from multiple angles or have cutaway sections included.

In the final analysis, Building Information Modeling is a tool – albeit a very powerful one. And like most tools, its real value lies in the skilled hands of the user. Turn to the experts at Strang for the experience and insight necessary to optimize this tool for your projects.