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Friday, July 11, 2008

The Essence of BIM

I've been wanting to create this graphic for the longest time. Here is a true picture of what BIM really encompasses. It's not just about Revit. It's a lot of different programs all connecting the information.

After all, Revit sits on a database of information and the APIs let you link it to other programs. It's also about a lot of different people, companies, firms, consultants and software companies like Autodesk (and even Bentley) working together.

Over the next few days, I'll try and do a post a day on each of the these special programs.
In case it's not obvious, the Autodesk programs are in the orange text and the peripheral programs are the logos with the dotted line boxes and the lovely red arrows showing where they fit in to the BIM picture.

If you've been using Revit for a while, it's time to go to the next level with these products. If you've just started with Revit, you're still way ahead of your Autocad competitors. If you are still using 2D CAD drafting, you are so far behind the curve it's time to start worrying about the future.

Yes, all of these programs cost money and require training, but the increased productivity should outweigh the need to spend more money on salary. That's the Return On Investment (ROI) of BIM.

Please contact me if you have any questions on any of these products. I don't care what state you live in. We can get you pricing and demonstrations if you wish.


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Anonymous,  July 11, 2008 at 12:53 AM  

there is no more place on this picture but...Conceptual Design is a very important step can be supported by Autodesk Maya.

Gregory Arkin July 11, 2008 at 1:11 AM  

You are correct on both counts. I thought about Inventor too for components, but that's pushing it. I will try to squeeze in Maya somewhere.

Ganesh Bala,  July 11, 2008 at 10:48 AM  

The image is good but I would like this to be taken into the lifecycle of all the buildings using BIM

After it is handed to the owners... the model is given to the FM (facility manager) or BM (building manager) they will need this model to manage and update the building for future expansions and maintenance work

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