September 2, 2010

Making the Case for BIM

We recently received a call from a client, seeking reference documentation to make the case for BIM to their current & prospective customers, particularly Project Managers.

Here are a few resources we provided...

  • A recently published Green BIM report from McGraw Hill Construction includes new market research data, insights from industry leaders, project case studies demonstrating ways BIM has been used on green projects and contributed toward better, more sustainable buildings, and special coverage of two key areas BIM is providing value: performance, daylighting and lean construction.

    Download the free report here: Green BIM: How Building Information Modeling is Contributing to Green Design and Construction

  • Autodesk BIM Deployment Plan

    The Autodesk BIM Deployment Plan offers tools and guidance for building industry professionals interested in implementing Building Information Modeling (BIM). Tools offered in this resource provide a practical framework for AEC stakeholders, and can be used by individual organizations on specific projects. The BIM Deployment Plan includes:

    · BIM support materials for owners, architects, engineers, and contractors
    · Templates to streamline multi-discipline communications
    · Recommendations for roles and responsibilities
    · Best business process examples
    · Software suggestions for an effective BIM environment

    (Don’t miss the zip file at the bottom of the page! It has the Plan tools.)

Our client was hoping to find an animation that showed "with and without" BIM, but BIM encompasses the process and workflow, not just a specific product or deliverable. The firm does heating/ducting, telecom and other services, so we provided the following links:
  • Autodesk Mechanical, Electrical & Plumbing Systems

    Staying Competitive with BIM
    KLH Engineers, is a mechanical, electrical and plumbing engineering firm that also offers communication and information technology, commissioning, lighting design, and energy solutions. They are committed to sustainability, BIM and Integrated Project Delivery. Through the use of BIM, KLH Engineers is able to stay competitive and win more work whether it is through a new construction or renovation project. KLH Engineers are at the forefront of innovation and are extending BIM to analysis with Autodesk Ecotect Analysis and Autodesk 3ds Max Design.

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  • Autodesk Navisworks is a key product in the BIM process, particularly adept at illustrating the importance of utilizing a BIM model.

    Autodesk Navisworks products deliver project review software for 3D coordination, 4D planning, photorealistic visualization, dynamic simulation, and accurate analysis. Create a whole-project model by integrating design and construction information, including complex building information modeling (BIM), Digital Prototyping (DP), and process plant data. With Autodesk Navisworks project review software, you can collaborate, coordinate, and communicate more effectively to reduce problems during design and construction.

    Check this screencast to learn how Autodesk Navisworks solutions help Civil, MEP, and Structural Engineering professionals to reliably share, combine, review, and perfect detailed 3D design models of any size or format -- quickly, easily and cost-effectively.

    These are just a few quick references. To learn more about Autodesk BIM tools, contact the experts at

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