During the medieval period, complex Gothic structures were built from drawings that communicated a designer’s overall vision without detailing specific means of construction. Master craftsmen translated designs into buildable structures using simple tools available at the time. Now, in some respects, the construction industry has come full circle.
Building Information Modeling (BIM) software is helping architects and specifiers streamline their product selection process by providing detailed 3D models of specific products and allowing them to track the product through the construction process. While the use of BIM is increasing, the idea of using component-specific BIM programs, such as those for interior steel wall framing is only beginning to gain traction among building professionals. As such, this article gives a comprehensive review of how component-specific BIM tools can provide benefits throughout the construction process and even after the building is complete.
The design/construction industry is in the early stages of a revolution centered around a concept known as building information modeling (BIM). From early concept, programming, and document production to construction management and facility operation, BIM is a steadily growing delivery tool.