What is BIM?
Building Information Modeling is the process of generating and managing building data and its various components throughout the building's life cycle. Using three dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction, the process produces the Building Information Model.
Unlike past 3D innovations in the building industry, BIM is more than a conceptual modeling tool. BIM encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, quantities and properties of building components. When the modeling software is used by manufacturers and principles involved in a building project, the resulting BIM is usable for fabrication. It involves ground-up reality rather than top-down theory.
Why use BIM?
American Buildings Company is pairing its proven track record of quality and service with the future of 3D modeling to give Builders, general contractors, engineers and architects an edge over competitors in the market. Providing customers with a modeling system that can display an exact replica of their building leads to confidence and peace of mind for the life cycle of the project.
The BIM process produces a digital prototype of your project, allowing you to build it virtually before building it in reality. A BIM project is not "drawn" in the traditional sense; rather it's "built" digitally as a database in BIM software. Instead of having to look at hundreds or thousands of separate drawings, schedules, specs and cut sheets for all the informaiton on a particular element, all the pertinent information is built into the object in the BIM.