The Importance of BIM in Building Design

Thursday April 5th, 2012

Building Information Modeling (BIM) can be considered an epochal transition in design practice. Unlike CADD (Computer-Aided Design and Drafting), which primarily automates aspects of traditional drawing production, BIM is a paradigm change. By partially automating the detailing of construction-level building models, BIM redistributes the allocation of effort, placing more emphasis on conceptual design. Other direct benefits include easy methods guaranteeing consistency across all drawings and reports, automating spatial interference checking, providing a strong base for interfacing analysis/simulation/cost applications and enhancing visualization and communication at all scales and phases of the project.