BIM – or “How much digitization is allowed”?

BIM, the Abbreviation for Building Information Modeling, Has Proven Itself Especially in Large Projects

More structure, defined processes, and seamless task completion generate a new level of safety and efficiency.

Digital Approach BIM is the digital approach to the structured planning and realization of more complex construction projects. Various employees from different disciplines work on different trades for a construction project. The now established solution approach consists of a cloud-based data management and communication solution. Project structures, work and approval processes, task management, and standards, as well as data storage and versioning, are defined and automatically maintained during the planning process. This ensures seamless traceability of the development history. In parallel, cost and time management are covered by these solutions.

The potentials are impressive: reduced error rates, higher quality, higher productivity, automated processes, and transparent progress levels. Clearer communication, defined data access, and, last but not least, cost savings in most projects. In addition to the obvious advantages of more effective collaboration, functional possibilities can be expanded. Overall models are checked not only for collisions but also for operating, workflow, and maintenance possibilities. Additional information can be assigned to a component at various levels, including product information, supplier details, spare parts, and assembly instructions.

When virtually navigating through the facility, the information is available where it is needed. Maintenance staff appreciate this. Thus, BIM with corresponding 3D models goes beyond the planning and realization of a construction project. Operation and possibly decommissioning at the end of the lifecycle can also be supported. The digital processing significantly simplifies later adjustments and renovations. Interfaces to maintenance programs or spare parts inventories can be set up simultaneously. Links to sensory condition monitoring of selected components are also feasible.

How to Start with a BIM Solution There are various BIM solutions and BIM-supporting tools available, such as those from Autodesk and Bentley. The right product choice has corresponding implications. Different disciplines typically work with different software tools and data formats. BIM solutions are generally very open regarding data formats. Nevertheless, format issues can become critical, especially when more advanced planning covers additional functionalities. An initial coordinated definition of what BIM, or rather the digitalization of the project, should cover is crucial. BIM coordination is responsible for setting up the solution and supporting the application and users after the definition.

Can One Work Professionally Without BIM? For more limited tasks, one can easily do without BIM. However, this requires a higher level of discipline. The fundamental phases and work steps, including qualifications, remain the same. Scanning the building structure, including disturbances, planning, realization, installation, commissioning, and documentation up to performance qualification are defined and implemented project-specifically. And, last but not least, professional detailed engineering should not be neglected.

Why Cape7? Cape7 provides intelligent concepts and customized, future-proof solutions for your tasks. They should not be administratively bloated and should therefore also be economically convincing. Cape7 covers all disciplines required for technical projects. We value technically and socially convincing work and collaboration.

How Much Digitalization Do You Need? We are happy to coordinate this with you and your requirements.