The digital building revolution
What is BIM (Building Information Model)? It's the result of a team effort that uses a working method centred on dialogue and support from a 3D digital model.
This model provides the link between all stakeholders, from construction to operations. It provides a bill of health for buildings, and thus must be constantly updated.
The architect creates the 3D model subsequently used by builders and operators.
This model can detect and resolve potential conflicts during construction, such as a drain pipe that crosses the path of electrical wiring. During work, this model is updated by the designers and builders, so the digital model upon completion of construction is consistent and a perfect match with the building delivered.
The model can then:
- Display building energy use in real time;
- Display the location of equipment alarms;
- Plan equipment replacement;
- Display building occupancy rates;
- Simulate certain scenarios to optimize sound building operations and even help maintenance staff replace equipment using virtual reality glasses to view equipment in 3D and show them how to change certain components.
The BIM is actually a transposition to the building sector of existing construction/operation processes in all industrial sectors such as automotive and aeronautics, to reduce the risk of errors, improve quality and cut operating and maintenance costs.
ENGIE is already using BIM in Europe. For more information, watch this video:
Yan Le Meur
Sustainable Building Advisor