The Future is BIM

How intelligent workflow can revolutionize the AEC industry
By Erika Fredrickson
1 AIA LU/Elective; 0.1 IACET CEU*; 1 AIBD P-CE; AAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AANB, as per their CE Guidelines; AAPEI 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the AIBC, as per their CE Guidelines.; MAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; This course can be self-reported to the NLAA.; This course can be self-reported to the NSAA; NWTAA 1 Structured Learning Hour; OAA 1 Learning Hour; SAA 1 Hour of Core Learning

Learning Objectives:

  1. Describe how BIM software plays a role in an architecture firm’s project productivity and strategic initiatives.
  2. Explain how OPEN BIM leads to seamless collaboration and transparency.
  3. Discuss the benefits of using BIM's fluid design capabilities.
  4. List examples of how BIM supports virtual collaboration using digital delivery.

This course is part of the Business and Technology of Architecture Academy

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As an intelligent workflow based on a 3-D model, BIM provides the AEC industry with the ability to collaborate on building projects across all disciplines. The integrated design, open source, and cloud-based capabilities with BIM provide all of the necessary support and tools to coordinate projects in real-time. This goal can be met even when stakeholders are working from different platforms and with different software. It allows teams of any size to provide feedback and evolving designs while keeping everyone on the same page.

Current goals of the industry require a productivity that reduces conflict, miscommunication, and time-intensive costly reworks. These goals can be met and exceeded with BIM, where tools allow for fluid design capabilities and seamless collaboration and transparency. The potential for building trust in a design space is much greater when all of the information can be engaged with from one source of truth.

Finally, in a time when remote work has become the norm, BIM offers a way for the AEC industry to design projects in a virtual space without compromise. In fact, it is a workflow that encourages the industry to execute its creative aspirations with technological support that provides the potential for great success—all of which lead to innovation in the industry.

Erika Fredrickson is an independent writer and editor focusing on technology, the environment, and history. She is a frequent contributor for continuing education courses and publications through Confluence Communications.

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Originally published in Architectural Record
Originally published in June 2021