The BIM Forum: How 3D Design is Changing Construction Procurement

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3D Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of creating a complete building design with input from architects, engineers and construction professionals early in the design process, when important decisions such as building orientation and size are being made.

The BIM Forum’s mission is to facilitate and accelerate the adoption of BIM in the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industries. Its latest meeting is this Wednesday and Thursday at the Renaissance Boston Waterfront Hotel. McGraw-Hill Construction estimates that BIM acceptance has crossed the 50% threshold in North America and is quickly becoming the norm, but what has this new design technology done to bridge the gap between design and construction? In this meeting we will return to design and engineering in order to showcase the best examples of collaboration, optimization, and sustainability.

In other words, how people work together to use the design tools.

Optimizing design with BIM will look at everything from actual building design to the collaborative process behind it, with the perspective of architects, engineers, building owners, construction professionals and even sub-contractors. The BIM Forum’s previous meetings have focused on individual pieces of the whole process, such as pre-fabrication, and have even released standards for information sharing in the construction process, so this design meeting is a bit of a homecoming for the multi-discipline group.

The questions we hope to answer include:

•How do you use BIM to develop and drive design?
• How are you determining project objectives and then measuring them through BIM?
• What’s ‘design assist’ and what is happening with integrated project delivery (IPD)?
• How do you use BIM to keep clients engaged and make high-value decisions?
• What are the opportunities and challenges of an engineering-to-fabrication workflow?
• How much detail is really necessary in a design model to support downstream uses?
• How do standards and quality control affect an integrated team approach?

The AEC industries are at a crossroads where more adoption of collaborative technologies such as BIM can mean more on-time completions, fewer busted budgets and general cost certainty for a business that’s dealt with uncertainty created by field conditions and 2D plans for generations. The manufacturing and construction industries account for around $1.73 trillion in spending annually and if you think better utilization of design technology can modernize the way we build things, and the way those designs are delivered, then I encourage you to check out what the BIM Forum’s been up to. I will be attending the conference and would love to chat with any estimators or construction procurement professionals in Boston.

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  1. 3D BIM is the future of construction industry!

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