The BIM evolution

Looking ahead to the next 10 years, we can expect to see further advancements as more project teams incorporate BIM into their design process. As more project teams explore their options using a BIM system, it will trigger high level discussions about project delivery, ownership of documents and team assembly. These types of conversations are an important part of the process and have the potential to change the design and construction industry.

Although BIM is a relatively new design tool, the concept has been around for several decades.

There are currently 4 levels of BIM with level 0 being the simplest form which means no collaboration and level 3 supposedly being the highest form of BIM collaboration but has not been fully defined yet. It’s important to note that each country is at a different level of BIM collaboration. BIM is what we have been waiting for. Unlike hand drawing and CAD, BIM will not be replaced by a new process. BIM will continue to get better, faster, more integrated and more powerful. Our professions have move slowly in the past, change could be measured in decades, and automation just scratched the surface or what could be imagined. Now let your imagine run wild, because the next decade will be amazing.

Beyond design and construction, the BIM process is also available to the end user to create efficiencies in building operation and maintenance. As we reach a point where a majority of buildings are being crafted digitally, an existing building marketplace where building materials and structural components can be bought and sold locally will emerge. Sustainable design practices reinforce an attitude of designing for disassembly and a marketplace of these parts is essential. Trends in Human Computer Interaction, Augmented Reality, Cloud Computing, Generative Design and Virtual Design and Construction continue to rapidly influence the development of BIM. Looking back at the past it is easier to realize that the present moment is an exciting time for designers and programmers in this evolving industry.

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