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BIM (Building Information Model) is more of a systems approach to designing a given project. It uses 3D and interactive modeling where the architecture, structure, mechanical, and electrical are all connected with estimating and scheduling. It has been around for many years in various forms.

We have used it in various elements of Black & Veatch since the early 1980's. It was a beast back then when the code had to be created from scratch. But it proved very useful in the petrochemical world. It expanded into the fossil fuels industry when it could be demonstrated that shop drawing could be greatly expedited.

Elements of the commercial world picked up on 3D and BIM in the 1990's. It was the interference checking that first looked good, but then the integration with estimating took hold as it did in the fossil fuels industry. Then the link was made to scheduling.

As BIM has developed, so did digital controls for electric and mechanical systems. BIM's usefulness expanded into building management. With so many entities finding value in BIM, it has become required by many clients such as many of the districts in the US Army Corps of Engineers.

I guess you could categorize this evolution as a movement.

Harold Sprague

From: Sanjay.Sehdev(--nospam--at)
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To: <seaint(--nospam--at)>
Subject: Re: Design Checking - Here and Now and Future of Engineering
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 08:20:13 +0530

Could anybody throw some light on what  BIM movement stands for?

"refugio rochin" <fugeeo(--nospam--at)>
12/13/2006 07:24 PM
Please respond to seaint


Design Checking - Here and Now and Future of Engineering

Recently I read an editorial from the magazine ICE from the Institution of
Civil Engineers, and it discussed the future of design in relationship to
the new kind of designs we are encountering in Structures.  In the
developments, there is the BIM movement and FEMs which people are
utilizing more and more for design.  For the future and the here and now,
the movements in structural engineering design will be away from the
design aspect, and concentrating on the checking aspects.  Global checks,
and Overall stability ...  among other issues.

How do the engineers of SEAINT view these changes?  Is it a reality?  What
are ways engineers these days are using to generate global checks on
buildings?  And what other issues are found?

Hopefully together we can generate a set of tools to effectively evaluate
a whole building, and leave behind a modern method for our future
generation to pick up and carry forward into their own developments.

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