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The Essential Software Capabilities for Building Information Modeling

July 8, 2013 IADT General, IADT Online, Building Information Modeling 0 Comments

building information modeling software imageBIM is set apart from architecture because of its advanced use of software in the maps and designs of buildings. And while building information modeling is in the field of design, it relies heavily on technology. Be sure to look for these essential capabilities in the BIM software you are using:

  • Parametric object definition allows building professionals to relate objects to each other in a digital design. If one object is changed, others are automatically adjusted accordingly.
  • 5-D modeling concepts take into consideration space, time, and the fifth dimension of gravity and electromagnetic forces to design realistic and advanced building designs.
  • Interoperability, while difficult to find among BIM software, is essential for sharing designs. Cloud-based software is usually a reliable format for doing so.
  • Facility condition indexes are needed to compare past, present and future building models. They are used to track changes to assets and plan new features.
  • BIM software needs to have accurate, adjustable detailing capabilities, which includes intuitive design options. There should be updated, usable features that can be added to designs and adjusted according to that unique building’s needs.
  • Today’s advanced building capabilities often involve combinations of materials. BIM software needs to process combined materials and show how they affect the cost, structure and formation of the building.


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