Building Information Modeling (BIM)

Building Information Modeling (BIM) is the process of generating and managing building data during its life cycle. Typically it uses three-dimensional, real-time, dynamic building modeling software to increase productivity in building design and construction. The process produces the Building Information Model (also abbreviated BIM), which encompasses building geometry, spatial relationships, geographic information, and quantities and properties of building components.
BIM is a process which goes far beyond switching to a new software. It requires changes to the definition of traditional architectural phases and more data sharing between all team members..

BIM is revolutionizing the construction industry by modeling representations of the actual parts and pieces being used to build a building. Where we once drew lines and circles, we now use objects that reflect reality. When we draw a wall, we build it with the same components that are used during construction. This allows for a real life simulation that is a true representation of the built product.

This is a substantial shift from the traditional computer aided drafting method of drawing with vector file based lines that combine to represent objects.
RBA, your lead design team, has designed dozens of projects using 3D technology for the past seven years. We understood before BIM became a buzzword the power of 3D modeling and how it can aid in the design process. Now as technology has caught up with our design methods, BIM has become a natural extension to our visualization process. But perhaps even more importantly, BIM allows the movement of many man-hours from drafting to design. Architects can spend more time designing, and less time drafting. The natural progression in BIM is to provide 3D working drawings for construction. And again, RBA has been doing this for years on our projects.
 
So what does that mean to you?

It means that you as an owner become a part of the design team. You have the capability to enter the virtual world we are creating and to visit your design. BIM reduces errors significantly on drawings and is just the beginning of the life cycle for your building. Projects can be completed on a faster time line, with greater input from the collective team.

Let RBA show you what BIM can do for you today!!

Screen Shot of Revit, our preferred BIM Software
Use of Technology - FTP Sharing Site


RBA has been using an FTP web site sharing programs for a number of years on their projects. Each of our projects is assigned a folder on our web site at Box.net. All members of the design team, owner and construction team members have access and are encouraged to use the site during the design and construction process. All files for the project are stored on the site with uploads by any team members being adding constantly. Each time a file is uploaded; all team members are sent an e-mail that files have been uploaded and are available for download. The communication abilities of this are limitless. Design Team Members can access the project from any location, at any time. Construction team Members can access the site at any time during construction. You, the owner, gain the most from this technology. At anytime during the design or construction process, you are able to see a snapshot of the status of the project. All documents, cad drawings, photographs, RFI's etc are posted. Any team member with approved access to the folder can upload or download information.
 
Screen Shot of our Internet Sharing Web site