The ongoing BIM revolution is transforming how buildings are constructed. And that’s true at every level, from the initial architectural drawings right down to the design and fabrication of metal components like ductwork.
BIM, which stands for building information modeling, isn’t software. Lots of people seem to think that just because they use computer-aided drafting programs, it means they’re up-to-date with BIM. But it’s so much more than just “computer-based 3-D modeling.” After all, “a drawing” isn’t the same as “modeling.” Instead, BIM is part of the ongoing trend toward creating comprehensive, robust data systems that put information to work instead of just storing it, in much the same way many people are wearing personal fitness tracking devices these days. It’s about making data useful as much as it is about building 3-D models for rendering.