Intro to BIM (Building Information Modeling) in AEC

Building Information Modeling


BIM or (Building Information Modeling) has already become a crucial and evenly mandated global process for ensuring highly efficient and collaborative planning, design, and construction of buildings. Below we review the BIM concept, how it works, and the Future of BIM in the AEC Industry.

1. What is BIM?


BIM is an abbreviation for Building Information Modeling. It is a process of high cooperation that allows several parties involved and AEC professionals (architecture, engineering, construction) to work together to design, plan, and construct a building within a single 3D model.


It can also be used to operate and manage buildings using data accessible to owners. This data enables owners and stakeholders to decide based on relevant model data, even after construction.


In short, BIM is an integrated workflow based on coordinated, reliable project information, ranging from design to construction and operation.

2. How BIM works?

Management of Building Information Model

Building models of information span the entire time-frame of the concept. A BIM manager (referred to as a virtual design-to-construction, VDC, Project Manager-VDCPM) may be appointed to ensure effective management of information processes throughout the entire process.


The design team retains the BIM Manager in the client's name, developing and monitoring the BIM oriented to objects against forecast and measured performance objectives in the pre-design phase, supporting multi-disciplinary models to provide information for analysis, scheduling, take-off, and logistics.

BIM in construction management

Despite tight budgets, limited workforce, accelerated schedules, and limited or conflicting information, the participants in the construction processes are constantly challenged to deliver successful projects.

There should be coordination between main disciplines such as architectural, structural, and MEP design, as two things are impossible at the same time and place.

Also, BIM can help detect collisions and identifying the exact location of discrepancies.


One of the basics of BIM's concept is that it performs building simulations before the physical construction process and thus helps to avoid problems and analyze potential impacts. Contractors of all trades can also enter the relevant information into the model before starting construction, with opportunities to manufacture some systems or pre-assemble them offsite.


BIM reduces waste on-site and provides products on time instead of stock-piled on-site. Efficiently extracting the quantity and the materials' shared properties The scope of the work can be isolated and defined.


BIM can show Systems, assemblies, and sequences with the entire facility or group of facilities on a relative scale.

BIM prevents errors where the computer model uses clash detection to reveal the places where the building parts might conflict, e.g. structural frame and building services pipes or ducts may be malpositioned.

BIM in facility operation

BIM can provide information associated with handling a project from the design team, to the construction team and to building owner/operator, allowing workgroups to add information obtained and return to it during the construction period, and add it to the BIM model. The facility owner or the operator will benefit from this.


Let us say the owner of a building may find evidence of a leak in his building. Rather than looking into the physical building, they can turn to the model to check the suspected location of a water valve. The owner can also own the model, which in turn contains the specific valve size, manufacturer, part number, and any other information obtained during the construction period and added to the model.


Through BIM, we can also incorporate Dynamic information about the building, such as sensor measurements and control signals from the building systems, To support the analysis of construction and maintenance operations.


We revert upon Scan-to-BIM to create information models for older, existing facilities. Approaches include the reference of critical metrics such as the Facility Condition Index (FCI) or 3D laser scanning and photogrammetry techniques (either separately or in combination) to capture accurate measurements of the asset used as the basis for the model.


For example, when trying to model a building constructed in 1920, It requires a wide range of assumptions about design standards, building codes, construction methods, materials, etc. Therefore, it is more complicated than building a model during the design process, and this is where SCAN-to-BIM comes in handy.


One of the challenges of maintaining and managing existing buildings correctly is understanding how BIM supports the holistic understanding and implementation of the building management practices and principles of 'costs of ownership' that promote the entire product life cycle of a building.

3. Future of BIM in the AEC Industry

Building Information Modeling ( BIM) has revolutionized the AEC industry and made conventional design more efficient. Dodge Data & Analytics research shows that heavy use of BIM technology improves a projects' ROI substantially. Besides, the deployment of collaborative solutions in BIM projects significantly push the ROI upwards (> 50%).

Finally, our team of engineers at GEOTECH3D helps clients in UAE & MENA quickly and economically realize the business benefits of BIM by facilitating the use of innovative technologies and processes. We include training and implementation, asset management, technical support with the BIM tools. Contact Us to Discuss Your BIM & REVIT Projects


GEOTECH3D Provides the best BIM Services in UAE:

  • Digital Twin

  • As-Built Models

  • SLAM

  • PointCloud

  • CAD


Our team of engineers is equipped with the skills and the tools to perform all kinds and sizes of projects:


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