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O “I” do BIM: information that generates value for the enterprise

O “I” do BIM: information that generates value for the enterprise

The added value of Building Information Modeling (BIM) grows with the increase of its use in the life process of the enterprise. It is common for presentations about BIM indicating its application throughout the lifecycle and in a cyclic way, and it is very rare for deployments to go beyond the design phase.

The added value of Building Information Modeling (BIM) grows with the increase of its use in the life process of the enterprise. It is common for presentations about BIM indicating its application throughout the lifecycle and in a cyclic way, and it is very rare for deployments to go beyond the design phase.

The preponderance of applications is in the design precisely because of the ease of modeling in three dimensions. It's visual and "palpable", since a 3D model impresses. The “M” of BIM has this preponderance and so makes applications, like interference detection, the survey of quantities and the integration with planning are the vast majority of cases on the market.

although very interesting, restricting the use of BIM to the project causes its potential to be greatly reduced. The ideal is to start before, that is, in product definition, and advance through the work and operation. Then the benefits will be so great that there will be no doubts about its application. This extended usage is what motivated successful government BIM programs, like the english program, that Brazil comes, somehow, getting inspired.

and how to do this? The answer is that you should focus on the “I” of BIM. Organize information even before the model exists and ensure that it transitions between design phases, between the various technologies and between all stakeholders on an ongoing basis, no silos and no redundancies.

The needs program must be integrated with the model and be used to assess its maturity and adherence. BIM information can be used even before modeling to validate costs. Models must be continually enriched with job data. The management of the work must use the "I’" and "M" of the BIM intensively. The passing of data from the models to the facilities software must be dynamic and bidirectional.

Simple? Cheap? Fast? No way, addressing the topic "I" is much more complex than modeling, it involves a lot more processes and people and it is a deployment with a lot more risks. Implementing depends much more on the true will of top management. It will cost, may take longer than some expect, but it's a watershed. a divider of companies, because the impact is really big.

*Marcus Granadeiro is a civil engineer graduated from Escola Politécnica da USP, President of Constructive, technology company with engineering DNA and DNA member (Autodesk Development Network) and from RICS (Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyours).