Architects today are more able than ever to focus on the creative process and complete ambitious, highly complex projects, thanks to Building Information Modeling (BIM). BIM not only makes it easier for architects to detect errors early in the building process, but also makes consulting with other parties involved in the project considerably less time consuming. BIM allows building designs to be more tangible and cost-accurate, and provides insight into whether or not the architect's vision can be achieved on a technical level.
“Architects are the cornerstone of BIM”
BIM, or Building Information Modelling, means that all designs, processes and materials of a building project are stored digitally and are interchangeable and accessible through the Internet. All parties involved in the project use software to process the information and collaborate on the project. “Architects are the cornerstone of BIM, as they have to make sure other players can work with and around their design, and collaborate without too much difficulties”, Mark Trommelen explains.
A whole new way of designing
BIM opens up a whole new frontier for designing, Learning how to work with BIM requires time and dedication, and also a significant financial investment. There's software to think about, licensing costs, consultancy costs, … Working with the software, on its part, requires some training too. BIM software is nothing like the standard 2D and 3D Computer Aided Design programs, because it revolves less about the objects and more about the information that is embedded in the objects. “It can be a challenge at first, and that puts some people off from making the switch”, Mark Trommelen continues. “It’s a shame, really, because fully embracing BIM ultimately only leads to good things. Using BIM undoubtedly results in more creative designs and better quality buildings”.
The benefits of Building Information Modeling
Challenges aside, Trommelen believes there's a bright future ahead for architects who devote themselves to the BIM way of designing: “BIM allows architects to translate their vision into a clear 3D design in which all material costs and specifications are embedded for all parties to see. Changes, no matter how big, can easily be made with the click of a button. Last but not least, the BIM method contributes to a green building process. When a building is being torn down or remodeled, the recyclability of the building materials can easily be consulted in the BIM, so that they can properly be recycled or disposed of.”
Mosa embraces BIM
Mosa recently upgraded its Mosa Pattern Generator, a user-friendly online design tool that can be used to create unique patterns with tiles from the entire Mosa collection, to be compatible with BIM. Discover the Mosa Pattern Generator today and take your building project to a BIM level.
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